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Pub offers punters 'honesty' pint

Pints being pulled at the Wheatsheaf Inn
Customers can pull their own pint when the bar is busy

A pub in East Sussex has set up an honesty box system to allow drinkers to serve themselves.

The "novelty" taps at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Willingdon, near Eastbourne have been built by landlord Martin Hughes.

Customers are instructed to collect a glass from the bar before pulling their own 2.70 pint of real ale and put their money in an honesty box.

Mr Hughes said he trusted his regulars "absolutely" to pay for all the beer they drink.

He said: "It's good quality beer and it's served well but we've had to instruct people a little bit. They were a bit reticent at first, but they are getting used to it and loving it.

"It has a practical advantage as well. When the bar is busy they can come down here and help themselves."

Customers said they welcomed the new self-service unit, but complained it did not offer change.

Mr Hughes added: "We absolutely trust our regulars and we like to think they might be putting in a bit more.

"It's a novelty really. It's just to add a bit of interest in the pub and it's certainly done that."

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