And while I have tried to reserve judgement until I have experienced one of these for myself I couldn't help thinking 'well, that does sound a bit shit, doesn't it?'

I try hard not to judge things until I have some level of experience of them myself. I really do, but it isn't always easy.

Take Simon Cowell, or anyone else who has ever judged on such a TV show for example. He may well be an altruistic soul who cares deeply about the British music scene and any personal profit that he makes is merely a bonus to the great work he is doing in developing young careers.

But I doubt that and I, like most of us who have never met him or the thousands we judge every day, already have an opinion of the kind of person he is.

This can be stretched to pubs.

This week the news about the opening of what could amount to a chain of 'PoundPubs' hit the headlines. And while I have tried to reserve judgement until I have experienced one of these for myself I couldn't help thinking 'well, that does sound a bit shit, doesn't it?'

So I told myself off for being a snob and tried to justify why PoundPubs opening up across the country would be a good idea.

I came up with 'providing a social occasion for people those with little cash', 'pound shops seem to work, why not extend the model' and 'it could provide competition for the supermarkets'.

But even as I thought of the third one of those I was already disagreeing with myself and turning my reasoning back to why PoundPubs are a dreadful idea for the industry. And don't even get me started on how pound shops scar our high streets and regularly fail to stick to the £1 price point that their names suggest.

But back to pubs. We all know it has been a tough period for the industry but over the last few years the trade has been involved in some incredible work to change perceptions.

Not so long ago we were viewed as a sunset industry that peddled booze and was responsible for 'Binge Britain' and all of the associated problems: obesity, crime, disenfranchised youth, relationship breakdowns and general yobbishness.

In a short space of time, due to great operators entering the industry and campaigners extolling the virtues of pubs rather than moaning about an unfair government or pushing blame onto other parts of the sector, pubs are now seen as community assets that receive government support.

Forgive me if i get a little dewy-eyed here but these are places that bring people together, places where you can meet your friends and collect parcels that couldn't be delivered to your home. They are community meeting rooms for mums, clubs and even churches.
Pubs are not places where you get smashed and cause trouble.

They are the places where thousands of mums will be taken to for Mothers Day this weekend, where you go with kids for family meals and where future husbands and wives meet and in some cases get married. They are places where you can have some of the best moments of your life.

Now, perhaps I am being judgmental and perhaps PoundPubs will offer all of the above and more. But by marketing themselves on cheap booze prices you could be forgiven for suspecting that might not be the case.

It does bring prices closer to supermarkets but pubs should not be ashamed of being more expensive anyway. In a pub you should be getting products that have been maintained and looked after by a dedicated team, served to you by a trained member of staff, in the correct glass. You can then enjoy this in a relaxing and fun environment.

In a supermarket you are buying a can or bottle to have at home.

Price should not be the determining factor when it comes to choosing between going to the pub or getting a few tins in. It should be about quality, occasion and the people you are with; and that is my fundamental problem with the concept of PoundPubs, it is a retrograde step.

Mike Wardell, the director behind PoundPubs (which has one site in Manchester and another about to open in Stockton on Tees) was quoted widely this week saying that action needs to be taken now when 12 pubs a week are closing.

But what about when 52 pubs a week were closing? Wouldn't then have been the time to do it? When the industry really was struggling and not now when it is coming out on the other side.

And are those that are closing now really doing so because you can't get a pint for £1.50?

Incidentally I would expect a pint to be £1 in a PoundPub but maybe that's just me.

Maybe Simon Cowell would think the same too but I doubt I'll be meeting up with him to chat about this in a PoundPub anytime soon