Apparently Britain's pubs are closing down at the rate of 12 per day. Why is this? I never really gave it any serious thought before, but if asked I would have blamed it on supermarkets. Their absurdly cheap booze deals have encouraged everyone to drink their favourite tipple at home. However, I'm not so sure it is the supermarkets' fault. After-all, they sell coffee too, much cheaper than Starbucks, but coffee-bars are everywhere. People are happy to pay vastly inflated prices for a cup of coffee in these places. I don't believe it's the smoking ban either - you can't smoke in Starbucks. I think it's difficult to blame the price of beer or the smoking ban for killing pubs off, so what is the cause? Is it simply the whole idea of going to the pub has become out-dated, non-21st century? Any thoughts?... biddy.