Resturant giant, Wetherspoons will replace champagne with British sparkling wines as Brexit approaches. The company could also result in gin shortage.
The pub chain also intends to buy less beer from the EU and swap it for brewers in the UK and outside Europe, it has said.
Champagne will be swapped for “Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut and Whitedowns Rose Brut as well as Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay from Australia”, the chain said.
The changes will be introduced from 9 July. It will also bring more UK wheat beers to the pubs and will see Erdinger’s alcohol-free beer swapped for an alternative made by UK brewer Adnams.
Wetherspoons confirmed that it would still continue to sell Kopparberg cider from Sweden, despite Brexit, and an alcohol-free option will be added to the menu. The company has said it will switch to brew the cider in the UK after Britain leaves the EU.
It should bring cheaper drinks to the chain’s pubs, Wetherspoons suggested.
Boss Tim Martin has been vocal in his support for Brexit and has repeatedly suggested that leaving the EU will allow the pub to sell more cheap alcohol from outside the continent.
“This move helps us to broaden our horizons so that we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week,” he said.
Mr Martin said that the company will review all of its products in “the next six to 24 months”.
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