Wetherspoons selling 99p pints for four days ahead of nationwide lockdown

Wetherspoons is flogging pints for under a quid as the desperate chain looks to offload as much stock as possible before this week’s lockdown.

Thirsty punters can get a pint of real ale for just 99p until Thursday as the booze will go off before the pub giants can reopen, The Sun reports.

Theoretically the soonest doors will reopen to customers will be December 2 as the country is set to spend the next month under restrictions.

The second lockdown has seen pubs told that they cannot sell takeaway pints as many did during the summer.

Takeaway food will be permitted under the new rules but the restrictions have been met with fierce criticism by the hospitality industry.

Campaign for Real Ale chairman Nik Antona said: “The second lockdown is a devastating blow for an industry that is already on its knees.

"Pubs across the country have already invested thousands to reopen COVID-safe environments despite facing seriously reduced incomes."

They added: "We also need a clear route map out of lockdown which is based on evidence, otherwise we will see many pubs and breweries close their doors forever."

Wetherspoons' four-day sale will allow drinkers to enjoy cut price pints until pubs across the UK close at 10pm on Wednesday.

Staff have put signs up revealing the shock price slashing at boozers up and down the nation.

The posters read: “Ahead of the four-week lockdown, rather than waste real ale, it has been reduced to 99p per pint.”

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Spokesman Eddie Gershon confirmed to The Sun: “All of our pubs in England will be serving their real ales at 99p a pint until the pubs close on Wednesday night.

Cider and lager will remain on sale at normal prices as they will survive the lockdown.

Wetherspoons made a loss this year for the first time in its history as the pub industry has struggled to grapple with Covid-19 restrictions.

But a source told The Sun: “Now Boris has shut the pubs and we are left with full cellars and the real ale will not last a month and we faced having to pour it all away.

"The only sensible option was to split the difference and ask our real ale fans to come to our rescue and offer them our beer at 99p a pint.

"We will be doing them a huge favour and they will be doing us a huge one! Our doors close at 10pm on Wednesday so the challenge is thrown down.”

Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin previously warned that pubs face being wiped out with a million jobs on the line.

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