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'Infested' JD Wetherspoon pub will not reopen

By Nikkie Sutton

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Closed: the William White, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Closed: the William White, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Related tags: Food standards agency

A Wetherspoon's pub that closed last month (July) due to a “pest infestation” will not reopen, the pubco has announced.

The William White in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, closed its doors on Thursday 20 July after the pubco confirmed pest controllers were on the site trying to “relieve the situation”.

Wetherspoon's spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that Wetherspoon's has closed the White William pub in Nuneaton.

“All of the pub staff have been relocated to other Wetherspoon's pubs and it will not reopen as a Wetherspoon's pub.”

JDW does have another site in Nuneaton. Gershon said: “The Felix Holt pub in the town, which was on the market, is no longer for sale and will remain open as a Wetherspoon's pub.

“No decision has been made on the future of the William White pub site.”

Pests

At the time of the closure, Gershon explained he was unsure exactly what the “pests” were and was still unable to clarify further. He also said then he didn’t know when the pub would reopen.

The William White won’t be the first JDW pub to close its doors. Earlier this year, Wetherspoon's disposed of 33 pubs with a large share of the sales happening in London and the south.

Hygiene is a hot topic in pubs and this is not the first time the pub chain has hit the headlines for standards.

JDW defended the Gate Clock pub in Greenwich, east London, after a centipede allegedly crawled out from underneath a customer’s hash brown​ when he was eating breakfast but the pub group highlighted its five-star food hygiene rating.

The pubco was the highest rated for hygiene in 2014, when it had the highest proportion of 5 out of 5 ratings in the Food Standards Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

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