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.


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