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‘It’s pretty brutal out there’: Struggling UK pubs and restaurants pray spirit of Christmas past will reappear

After Covid and the cost of living crisis, bookings have still not fully rebounded for the critical festive period

It’s been four long years since Britain’s pubs and restaurants enjoyed anything approaching a normal Christmas.

In typical years, a month-long flurry of festive parties, family lunches and post-work debauches catapults the industry into profit, helping make up for leaner times. But last winter the energy crisis sent overheads soaring, in a sector where margins are already wafer-thin. And rampant inflation forced many would-be merrymakers to tighten their belts.

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