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‘We don’t want to be caught out on the hop’: Pub owners say trading has improved post-Covid but there are fears for the future

Pub owners tentatively say trading has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but with the cost-of-living crisis, there are fears it will be short-lived

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Concerns: Wolf Inns operations manager Nigel McNeely at the Bellevue Arms

Concerns: Wolf Inns operations manager Nigel McNeely at the Bellevue Arms

The bar at Bellevue Arms in Glengormley

The bar at Bellevue Arms in Glengormley

The Bellevue Arms in Glengormley

The Bellevue Arms in Glengormley

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Concerns: Wolf Inns operations manager Nigel McNeely at the Bellevue Arms

It’s been a full year since beer taps began flowing again and pubs across Northern Ireland are seeing profits bounce back to pre-pandemic levels, but they are braced for a new storm being wreaked by soaring inflation.

The public health crisis, which began in early 2020, inflicted deep wounds on the hospitality sector at large with pubs bearing the brunt of the economic burden.


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