List of pub closures in Exeter gets longer
In Exeter the St Loyes Hotel remains closed and boarded up, the Admiral Inn was converted into affordable homes in July 2007, the Golden Lion Inn was closed, Bart's Tavern shut in 2003 and was converted into apartments, the Honiton Inn shut in 2008, the Lazy Landlord was demolished in 2002 and is now apartments, the Paper Makers' Arms closed in the 1990s and the Red Cow Inn, closed in 2002 to be later demolished. The Pack Horse Inn, the Riva Nightclub, Seamus O'Donnells, Tigga's Bar, the Showman and the Country House Inn within the city have also gone.
Several pubs in Exmouth are also on the closure list including the Albion Inn and the Clarence and several in Topsham, Honiton, Sidmouth and Crediton have also gone.
Barely a village community in the area has not been affected by the loss of a pub – Clyst St Mary, Broadclyst, Whimple, Ottery St Mary, Fenny Bridges, and Sidbury to name just a few.
The rising price of alcohol, due to high Government taxes, the smoking ban and changing drinking habits with supermarkets offering bargain alcohol, are said to have played a part in the decline.
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Patrick McCaig, part of the family which runs East Devon's Otter Brewery, recently told the Echo he would urge the Government to consider changing alcohol taxation, rather than minimum pricing, to help pubs.
The Home Office proposal is to ban the sale of alcohol for less than 45p per unit in an effort to target heavy drinkers.