Pubs and Restaurants Hurt Hardest By Downturn

This season has been steady for accommodation providers but more of a challenge for pubs, restaurants and retailers in the town.

That’s the view of Islands Tourism, Scilly’s Chamber of Commerce.

Joint Chair Euan Rodger says, in line with the rest of the country, businesses have told Islands Tourism that spending is down.

He says this season has been hard work for some and it could have been even worse if it wasn’t for the school build.

Euan says food costs have increased dramatically in the last 12 months and businesses are finding it harder to pass those extra costs on to the consumer.

And he believes that, with more self catering accommodation, visitor requirement are changing and the restaurants and pub trade need to step up to the challenge to encourage people to eat out, by providing good quality, good value food.


One Response to Pubs and Restaurants Hurt Hardest By Downturn

  1. George Kershaw September 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Agreed, all pubs and restaurants need to provide good quality and good value.
    Simple meals will suffice, we are living in an age of convenience and better value and this applies to all things we spend our money on.
    I would eat out more often if prices were a little cheaper or maybe there was the odd deal here and there.