Bradford Brewery closes after three years of trading

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Running down supplies: Bradford Brewery confirmed it was currently working through its existing stock
Running down supplies: Bradford Brewery confirmed it was currently working through its existing stock
A West Yorkshire brewery has unexpectedly closed its doors after three years of trading.

The business, which was started in February 2015, posted a sign on the front of its Rawson Road site that read: "Final opening days before we close. Friday 12 till 12. Saturday 12 till 12 (or stock runs out). Thanks to all our customers."

A notice on the brewery’s website currently states: “Unfortunately, the Bradford Brewery has now closed.”

Local council steps in

The brewery confirmed to The Morning Advertiser​ it was currently seeking to work through its existing stock, but declined to comment further, while the local council has reportedly been in touch with the owners about finding a way of avoiding a permanent closure.

In a statement to local newspaper the Telegraph & Argus​, the council said: "We are very sad to hear that Bradford Brewery is closing. We have been in touch with the owners to see if there is anything we can do to keep the business going.”

The brewery-cum-pub was founded by Matt Halliday, who left the business in October 2017, with the aim of bringing back brewing to Bradford city centre. The company is currently owned by seven shareholders, including directors Phillip Ogg and Mark Lister.

It is well known locally for its ‘Made of Bradford’ brand and also took over the Exchange Ale House on Market Street, Bradford, last year. The pub had been closed for four years and had undergone a complete refurbishment under the brewery’s ownership.

Leeds venture runs into trouble

Meanwhile, Leeds and Ilkley deli and bar venture Friends of Ham has been sold​ after being placed into administration.

Jobs have been saved at the venues, which specialised in selling craft beers, wine, sherry, cheese and charcuterie.

Immediately after entering administration on 7 August, the business was sold to local independent buyer Glentrool.

An offshoot of the Leeds branch, Ham & Friends, closed its doors in March.

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