99p a pint at Potters Bar pub

PUBLISHED: 06:56 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Barman Mateusz Zych serves up a 99p pint

Barman Mateusz Zych serves up a 99p pint

A PUB chain's decision to slash its prices has been met with approval from customers - but criticism from a health charity. Since Monday, JD Wetherspoon pubs have been offering a pint for 99p and a variety of meals for £2.99. The decision has been critic

A PUB chain's decision to slash its prices has been met with approval from customers - but criticism from a health charity.

Since Monday, JD Wetherspoon pubs have been offering a pint for 99p and a variety of meals for £2.99.

The decision has been criticised by health charity Alcohol Concern, who fear the cheap booze will encourage people to drink too much.

But Mellissa Melia, landlord of Wetherspoon-owned The Admiral Byng in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, said more people had taken advantage of the food rather than the booze.

She said: "I can understand why they (Alcohol Concern) think it might be a problem, but we've got procedures in place.

"The staff are trained not to serve anyone who might have had too much."

She pointed out the only beer on sale for 99p, IPA, is relatively low in alcohol content, at 3.6% ABV.

Standard size bottles of San Miguel are also on sale at that price.

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