The King’s Head Inn and all other UK Wetherspoons are cutting the price of food and drink for Tax Equality Day this week in the face of hospitality VAT rates going up next month.

In July 2020 the government temporarily reduced VAT rates for the hospitality sector to 5% to support the industry in the face of Covid-19 but now they are increasing the rate back to 20% in stages by October 2022.

JD Wetherspoon is running price reductions across its branches to highlight the benefits of keeping this reduction as on October 1st VAT rates will rise to 12.5% until March 2022.

King’s Head Inn on Bridge Street’s Manager Robert Stephens says it is ‘unfair’ that supermarkets pay zero VAT on food, and pubs pay 20%, as reduced VAT allows shops to sell discounted alcohol.

He continued: "Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantages it has with supermarkets.

"Customers coming to The King’s Head Inn on Thursday September 23 will find the price of their food and drink is lower than normal.

"However, as a result of the VAT increase to 12.5 per cent on October 1, we will have to increase food prices.

"We urge the Chancellor to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets by making the current VAT regime for pubs permanent."

On Thursday this week, all food and prices will be discounted by 7.5%, but from Wednesday September 29th The Kings Head Inn will increase all meal prices by 50p.

Here is a list of all the 'spoons in Wiltshire to take advantage of this Thursday if The King’s Head Inn is not your local:

  • The Bell (Amesbury)
  • The Albany Palace (Trowbridge)
  • The Bath Arms (Warminster)
  • The Bear (Melksham)
  • The Bridge House (Chippenham)
  • The Dockle Farmhouse (Swindon)
  • The Savoy (Swindon)
  • The Sir Daniel Arms (Swindon)
  • The Silk Mercer (Devizes)