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Why is lime and soda so expensive at the pub?

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I recently went to meet my girlfriend at one of the Harvester restaurants, a pub called the Kings Arms at Gosford, near Kidlington.  It was one of those afternoons during the recent heat wave and I was pretty thirsty by the time I got there so I thought Id have a pint of lager shandy whilst I waited.

I went to the bar to order my drink and the bill came to 1.90.  I thought this was actually pretty reasonable because most pubs charge about the same as pint of lager, which these days is closer to 2.50 and I was expecting to pay between 2 and 2.50 for the shandy.

Looking forward to this refreshing cold drink on this hot sunny day I went outside and chose to sit in a shady spot in the beer garden with a good view of the car park so Id be able to see my better half when she arrived.  This particular Harvester restaurant is in a nice location and to be honest I was very much enjoying sitting there with a cold one watching the world go by, so much so that I had finished my drink before my partner had even arrived.

Harvester restaurants, A cool refreshing pint of lime cordial and sparking soda water After a brief conversation with her to find out where she was, I realised I still had at least another ten to fifteen minutes to wait.  As I was still rather thirsty I decided to go to the bar and get another drink.

I am currently self-employed and whilst I am not penniless, I do have to be careful how much I spend.  With this in mind and taking into account that what I really needed was a thirst quenching drink rather than an alcoholic one, I decided to buy a lime and soda water this time round.

This is my drink of choice when I visit a pub and I dont want to drink beer.  Firstly, because I cant drink the usual soft drinks such as Lemonade and Coca Cola in any quantity and secondly, lime and soda is usually a lot cheaper.  It is after all only fizzy water and lime cordial!

I ordered my drink and was about to take a sip.  The bartender meanwhile had been to the till to enter my drink.  When he came back over he said to me" That will be two pounds please."  I can tell you that I nearly choked on that drink there and then!

Not being the type who enjoys a good confrontation, I dont usually like to query bills at a restaurant etc.  I find those sorts of situations quite embarrassing and unless someone is really trying to take advantage of me I dont usually complain.  In fact, quite often I probably wouldnt even notice.

I do feel however that on this occasion I should have said something.  I suspect though that the answer I got would have been along the lines of "Thats how much it is Im afraid."  Anyway, I paid up and I shut up, but Ive been seething about this ever since.

How can a pint of cordial and carbonated water cost more than a pint of lager and lemonade?  These pub chains shouldnt be allowed to get away with this kind of daylight robbery! I won't be visiting any other Harvester restaurants any time soon.


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Bob

Bob

06/08/2021
The Green King Pubs charge £2.20 for a splash of coke, £1.85 for lemonade. It amazes me how they can get away with daylight robbery.
I have to say, they caught me once. NEVER again.
06/08 Bob
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GVX

GVX

The park house in Reading University charge 30p for a pint of lime and soda! What it should cost.
31/07 GVX
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Haggis

Haggis

At ‘Bar Eight’ in Deansgate Locks Manchester they charge £4.20 fir a pint of lime soda! and the same price for a bitter shandy.
The beer is served in plastic cups that look suspiciously less than a ‘pint’....be warned folks.
16/08/20 Haggis
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Laura

Laura

£5.25!!!!! For a pint of lime and soda!
19/01/19 Laura
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Bertie

Bertie

Most I’ve paid for a pint of lime and soda was £3.50 in an Indian Restaurant in Boroughbridge, least was 30p in the Ibis hotel at Birmingham airport. 2018/2019. Whilst I understand they are supplying the glass, surroundings and service I think £2 is on the high side and any more is a total rip off especially if you’re eating at the establishment too.
18/01/19 Bertie
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Hiccup

Hiccup

I paid £2.19 in Prezzo yesterday!
05/10/18 Hiccup
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Debs

Debs

I have had a few soda and limes just recently as been back up car for a charity bike ride. The drinks have been between £2 /£ 3.20. Absolutely disgusting. What a rip off.
04/07/18 Debs
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Angelacommenting!

Angelacommenting!

And what is very scary is that £2 odd is actually not a bad price for a pint of lime & soda - that is what is so shocking! It is indeed ludicrous that a dash of cordial and tap water made slightly fizzy should cost so much on occasion - and over the many years, I have been charged from nothing/zilch, right up to I think it was about £4.20 (although to be slightly fair, after discussion about this astronomical amount I was being charged, I discovered that the high price was because the gastro-restaurant-bar in the City of London was using the little mixer bottles of Soda water - they didn't have it coming-out-of-one-of-those-squirty-dispenser-thingamijiggys). Anyway, all-in-all, over the years, I have been both utterly outraged and on occasion pleasantly surprised many a time upon hearing the price I am going to be charged for a lime & soda. I think the real thing to do therefore is start saving my teeth as well, and order a half of lime & TAP WATER with NO ice!!!!!! This is when the real price will show up = 70p for a dash of cordial, for example, when the cordial is the Savers bottle from Tescoes decanted into the fancy crystal decanter is a wee tad extortionate. Although....... to be fair....... we are also paying to sit in a seat (hopefully) in the pub. Hey-ho..... life will continue. But I totally agree - we should all put our footsies down and say "No-way-Jose!" to astronomical charges. Cheers everyone!
27/10/17 Angelacommenting!
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Cressy

Cressy

Rip off. Went to Peakcock inn in Bakewell, Derbyshire and was charged £3.00 a pint. Go into any Wetherspoons and it's 40p for the lime and the soda is free.
15/09/17 Cressy
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Scanners

Scanners

I have just been charged £4.20 for a pint of lime and soda in a restaurant near Rochdale, a pint of Estrella lager cost £3.80. Outrageous and no explanation can justify such a price.
07/09/17 Scanners
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Kay

Kay

25p per shot of cordial in our pub in a pint you use 6 shots so a pint of lime and soda would be £1 if you had lemonade and soda pint of it would be 1.95 and that's a marstons pub
14/02/17 Kay
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Cheeky Ali

Cheeky Ali

Last night I paid £6.30 for two lemonade and limes . Could not believe it. It was a Marston pub in Newbury.
13/07/16 Cheeky Ali
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JMP

JMP

I have just paid £7 for two pints of lime and lemonade at Wainstones Hotel near Middlesbrough!! Are they made of money up here? It's a disgrace that pubs can charge so much for pop!
We were going to eat here, but shan't be now !
07/05/16 JMP
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ministrider

ministrider

We went out for a curry. My friend had a campari and lemonade. £1.80.my soda and lime £2.50. Where is the logic
28/04/16 ministrider
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loz

loz

We charge £1.70 for a pint of fresh lime and soda. £2.00 for a pot of tea. Nobody complains about the latter. But i'd hazard a guess that the cost price of a lime and soda is more?
25/08/14 loz
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