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The cheapest place to buy a pint in the UK revealed

The rising costs of pints in the UK have long been a cause of complaint - but is your city one of the most expensive? A new report reveals the country's cheapest pint of bitter.

cost of beer in UK

The classic British pint is often used as a mark of rising prices in the UK. It's a well known fact that prices vary substantially across the country, but raised eyebrows and muttering about extortionate prices are more common than ever.

Research has shown that the cost of beer is rising higher than inflation, with increases of just under 4% announced in January.

Plus, at the end of 2017, the average cost of lager rose to £3.58, and the cost of bitter rose to above £3 for the first time in history.

Price comparison firm Money Guru have ranked the country's cheapest and most expensive pints - and there are some results you might not expect...

The most expensive UK pints

London students probably won't be surprised to see the capital still tops the charts for the most expensive pints in the UK, with the average price coming in at well over a fiver - that's nearly twice as expensive as the rest of the UK!

Other Southern cities have also cropped up as some of the priciest, including the likes of Oxford, Bristol and Brighton.

But the research shows that Scottish students might also be feeling the pinch, with the likes of Edinburgh and Aberdeen scoring high for pricey pints.

LocationCost of pint
Bristol £4.32
Birmingham £4.16
St Albans£4
Canterbury £4

The cheapest pints in the country

London's £5.19 pints are a far cry from Carlisle's average of £2.35 (lucky University of Cumbria students...).

It isn't just Northern cities dominating the cheapest pints list though - the likes of Armagh and Newry in Northern Ireland and Newport in Wales also prove strong value for money.

LocationCost of pint

The price of a pint doesn't look like it's going to decrease any time soon, but at least you know the best places to head for a cheaper deal.

Want to avoid eye watering beer prices? Try brewing your own beer instead...

Jessica Murray

WRITTEN BY Jessica Murray

As an Editor of Save the Student, Jessica Murray has written extensively on student money news and money-saving tips. She was co-host of our podcast, No More Beans, and is now a journalist at the Guardian. Her tips and insights range from fun guides for freshers, to information for graduates entering the workplace.
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