UK inflation is now at 9.1 per cent and the rise shows no signs of slowing down. We really are in the middle of an economic downturn and if you don’t believe me, check the price of a pint.
It’s rare to find a pint under a fiver in the city and according to Finder.com the average in London is £5.50. One London pub even sold pints at an average price of £8.06, the highest on record.
But an unlikely pub is sticking to its guns and offering pints at low prices: Stepney Green’s JD Wetherspoon pub The Half Moon. The cheapest pint there is only £1.49.
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I went down to the main street meeting point expecting the worst. Wetherspoons are usually pretty somber – dark carpets and a hint of distress are their unique selling points – so I figured a cheap spoon would be even worse.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. If the pub hadn’t been so clearly signposted I would have missed it entirely because it was so unusually picturesque.
(Image: Lea Dzifa Seeberg)
The front door of the brick building was a white arch lavishly decorated with flowers and other greenery. Flowerpots also hung on either side, further adorning the space above the door.
Admittedly, the interior was slightly drab, complete with dark red walls, ’70s carpet, and faded chairs. But miraculously, the inside was avoided altogether thanks to a summer favorite: the beer garden.
That’s right, this magical Spoon’s had a real outdoor seating area with lots of chairs and benches, umbrellas and even more flowers. And the pints at The Half Moon are ridiculously cheap.
(Image: Lea Dzifa Seeberg)
The cheapest pint on offer is a Greene King IPA for just £1.49, with half a pint just 75p. If IPAs aren’t your thing then there are plenty of other cheap pint beers available too Worthington’s Creamflow Ale, Bud Light and Stawford Press all cost £2.29 a pint.
Almost all Real Ales on tap are £2.19, with the exception of Greene King Abbot Ale which is a reasonable £2.39. The most expensive pints on the menu are £4.49, which won’t exactly break the bank either.
Classic beers on tap are also available, with a pint of Carlsberg Pilsner being £3.19 and a pint of Budweiser being £3.69. A pint of Stella Artois costs £4.10, Guinness £3.99 and Carling £3.69.
Bottles of wine are cheap too, four of the eight bottles costing just £7.99. The most expensive wine is a sparkling Broadwoods Folley and costs just £19.99.
The pub’s low prices might be explained by its proximity to Queen Mary University, which is just two minutes away (and means it occasionally fills up with students). Whatever the reason, I’m not complaining – you’ll find me in the Half Moon Beer Garden when the sun is shining.
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