Drink prices in parliament’s bars are comparable with those of Wetherspoon pubs, according to newspaper reports.
Prices paid by MPs in the four Palace of Westminster bars are reportedly linked to those at a Wetherspoon pub nearby – The Willow Walk, in Wilton Road – although always kept slightly cheaper.
The Sun newspaper said: “A pint of John Smith’s bitter costs just £2.60 in the Commons, while Beck’s lager is set at just £3.20. But some backbenchers have complained that even that is too expensive.”
The Daily Mail reported: “Prices at the four Palace of Westminster bars are already low, especially for central London, as they are linked to those of a nearby Wetherspoon pub.”
The Daily Telegraph added: “Despite prices for alcohol being kept lower than a nearby Wetherspoon pub, MPs have suggested that prices should be linked to pubs outside of central London to make them lower.”
Martin Dearden, pub manager at The Willow Walk, said: “It is quite flattering that our prices are used as a guide for the MPs’ bars. Our prices are highly competitive, despite our central London location – something on which we pride ourselves.”