Wetherspoon pubs in the North East will slash prices on its food and drink for one day only this week. 

The pub company, which owns hundreds of venues across the UK, announced that it will be reducing the price of items by 7.5 per cent on Thursday (September 14) to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry.

The Bishops' Mill in Walkergate in Durham City is one of several in the North East that will reduce its prices for one day only to mark Tax Equality Day in the Wetherspoon pub.

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So, for example, a customer spending £10 on food and drink will pay £9.25 on Tax Equality Day.

The pub's manager, Guy Stoker, said: "Customers coming to The Bishops' Mill on Thursday, September 14 will find the price of their food and drink is lower than normal.

"It is unfair that supermarkets pay zero VAT on food, but pubs pay 20 per cent.

"Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantages it has with supermarkets.

Mr Stoker added: "The tax benefit allows supermarkets to subsidise the selling price of beer.

"It doesn't make sense for the hospitality industry to subsidise supermarkets.

"We urge the Chancellor to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets."

Here is a list of all of the pubs in the North East taking part in the reduction:

  • The Bishops' Mill, 1 Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1WA
  • The Quayside in The Close, Quayside, Newcastle
  • The Five Swans in St Mary’s Place, Newcastle
  • The Keel Row in Newgate Street, Newcastle 
  • The Mile Castle in Westgate Road, Newcastle 
  • The High Main in Shields Road, Byker 
  • The Tilley Stone in Jackson Street, Gateshead 
  • Metrocentre, Gateshead 
  • The Ritz in High Street West, Wallsend 
  • The Job Bulman in St Nicholas Avenue, Gosforth
  • The Fire Station in York Road, Whitley Bay 
  • The Red Lion in Front West Street, Bedlington