In a Facebook post the pub announced: “It’s with a heavy heart and a lot of soul searching, as a family we have decided to quit while we’re ahead and shut our doors.
“Thank you to everyone for your support. On New Year’s Eve we are having our last hurrah with our old resident DJ R&B playing us out.”
Customers responded with an outpouring of support on Facebook. “So sorry to hear this,” said one user, “such a great place and great people.”
Others reminisced on their favourite memories at the site: “Yvonne pulled all the stops out for my daughter’s 21st party,” said one. “I can imagine it is very hard work and you have had enough, but Dartford will miss such a lovely pub,” she added.
Pub manager Yvonne Rickards told KentOnline the business was “costing more and more”, and the Government had not given anyone a chance to rebuild after Covid.
Rickards took on the lease at the Grade II-listed venue in 2018 and the pub opened to customers that June. Gender reveals, birthday parties and buffets are just a few of the events that have taken place at the venue.
Another of the pub’s partners said: "It is and it isn't a difficult decision to close,” KentOnline reported.
They continued: "Last year's takings were double what we brought in this year.
"We just aren't getting the people in. With the cost of living being so high, less people are going out. Our income is going down and our outgoings are going up.
"We were alright until the cost-of-living crisis. We managed through Covid, that wasn't the problem. But now the energy bills have doubled. The cost of everything else has doubled.
"It's good to get the support and messages, it's really nice people care. But we needed the support of people coming through the door."