The UK has 22,845 cafes serving 2.3billion cups of the brew a year
COFFEE shops are opening at a rate of more than three a day — but pubs are closing even faster.
The UK has 22,845 cafes serving 2.3billion cups of the brew a year.
On average 3.4 new ones open every day.
But pubs are shutting at a rate of 29 a week, or 4.1 a day, Campaign For Real Ale figures show.
There are still more than twice as many pubs — 50,800 serving 3.7billion pints a year — as coffee shops.
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But if the rates of opening and closing continue, cafes will overtake pubs in ten years.
The figures were released ahead of UK Coffee Week next month.
Event founder Jeffrey Young said: “The UK has embraced coffee culture in a phenomenal way.”
The spend on all drinks and food in cafes is £8.9billion, a 12 per cent jump in a year — and there are 150,000 baristas.