Phil Hoyle, landlord of the multi award-winning London Tavern pub in Poulner, Ringwood, Hants, said: “The alcohol duty system has been a mess for a long time and needed sorting out.
“The pub sector has had a horrid time through the pandemic and this at least seems to have been recognised in the Budget, as has pubs’ community importance.
“To bring sparkling wine into line with other wine makes sense and any reduction in duty on beer and cider will please my regulars.
“But the recovery from what we have been through will take a long time and any benefits from the Budget might be wiped out by rises elsewhere. The devil will be in the detail.”