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Exeter pub becomes the first outside of London to accept Bitcoin as payment

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

The Port Royal will now accept Bitcoin for pints

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An Exeter pub has become the first outside of London to accept Bitcoin as payment.

The Port Royal pub by the River Exe is now allowing punters to pay for pints with Bitcoin after owner Carlos Pires saw the move as a business opportunity and to meet demands of the local technology meet up.

After a successful trial, The Port Royal has agreed to continue accepting Bitcoin transactions for Exeter's local meetup group.

Bitcoin is an online payment system which cut out any administrator or bank. Introduced in 2009 the peer to peer payments are recorded in a public ledger using its own unit of account, which is also called bitcoin.

All Bitcoins in circulation and their transactions histories are recorded in a giant ledger known as the blockchain. This prevents each Bitcoin from being spent twice.

The system has been described as a virtual currency and users can send and receive bitcoins electronically using wallet software on a personal computer, mobile device, or app.

In the UK the payment is currently only available in a handful of places in London.

Exeter landlord, Carlos, has said he sees potential for the technology to help his business, but is concerned about the currency's volatility exposing him to unnecessary risk. Accepting Bitcoin from Bitcoin meetup members provides an opportunity for him to build confidence and gain experience using the network.

When customers place orders, the pub will run everything through the till as normal, then use a smartphone with the Bitcoin app to collect payment from the guest's phone.

The landlord has said that the only drawback with the move is that, while the cost of a pint remains constant, the value of the Bitcoin payment he gets fluctuates.

The move has been welcomed by Exeter’s Bitcoin community who hold meetings at the pub. The group meet to discuss the technology and how it ‘can be used to decentralize markets (i.e. including money lending, energy, data storage and bandwidth).’

Orgainsers of the meeting said they welcome anyone who would like to join them for discussions with more information available at http://www.meetup.com/CoinScrumExeter/.

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  • nigep7  |  July 01 2014, 7:42PM

    Ale (paid for in Bitcoin) sat by the river enjoying the view at a great pub = heaven. Cheers Port Royal.

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  • R08ERT  |  July 01 2014, 3:20PM

    WOW, after our article broke in last week's paper (page 11) offering 'Social Proof', it confirms my premise that local retailers are receptive to this new and revolutionary digital currency and payment network for goods and services. Since publication there's been a 300% increase in adoption!!! Yesterday I paid for my haircut at Celly's [null] on Fore Street then today Devon Coffee [null] on Queen Street embraced the technology, too. I'm trust the Express & Echo will follow up with further articles - watch this space …

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  • Sarah_Fox  |  June 30 2014, 11:11PM

    This sounds quite fascinating. I would very much like to come along to your next meeting and learn more about Bitcoin. I'd especially like to know if this payment system will work on my new Windows phone? Thanks in advance, Sarah.

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  • HKhostag  |  June 28 2014, 9:48PM

    Great to see a new place accepting Bitcoin will make sure i come to the next Meet-up and spend some. Don't forget there a Bitcoin ATM in Bristol http://tinyurl.com/p65nnfh Buy and Sell Bitcoin instantly . There will be many merchants starting to accept Bitcoin in Bristol this year.

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  • MCStannard  |  June 27 2014, 11:05AM

    Great article! Can't wait to see more local pubs and retailers doing the same.

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  • R08ERT  |  June 26 2014, 11:39AM

    Thanks to the Exeter Express & Echo for disseminating this game changing news. I feel this is an incredibly exciting inaugural step in the symbiotic relationship between local Bitcoiners and the Exeter business community. Kudos to Carlos for having the courage and foresight to be one of the first merchants accepting bitcoin in Devon. Cheers to the harbinger, Robert Olsen.

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