‘Spiralling costs’ force pub shut on Mother’s Day

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Pub closure: Team thanks guests and bids farewell (Getty/ Rogan Macdonald)
Pub closure: Team thanks guests and bids farewell (Getty/ Rogan Macdonald)

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The Old White Hart in Cotton, Northampton has made the “heart-aching” decision to shut for good on Mother’s Day due to spiralling costs.

In a Facebook post, the team announced this Sunday (19 March) would be its last day of trading for the foreseeable future.

Increased costs in running the venue coupled with spiralling supplier costs and decreased turnover during the last few weeks meant the site had no choice but to close.

“This wasn’t a decision which was taken lightly and has come with a lot of heartache for all of us here and associated with the pub,” a spokesperson said.

They continued: Over the years being part of The Richardson’s Group and KDR Events we have had some fantastic times, ones which will never be replicated or forgotten.

Looking back

“We have enjoyed every minute of our journey here in Far Cotton. We’ve laughed, we’ve sang, we’ve danced, we’ve eaten, we’ve drunk, and most importantly… we’ve had fun!

“We hope very much that the current cost of living crisis, which is affecting us all, doesn’t last too long and we will be back with you very soon. In the meantime, we hope you can join us for a drink or two to celebrate the journey we’ve had.”

The message was signed by the team. This included Biddle, Lauren, Billy, Vanessa, Jasmine, Cara, Princess Mani, Melissa, Kieran, Shannon, Kian, Chris, Suzy and Dottie.

“We thank you all for your custom and support over the years,” they added. “It is well and truly appreciated.”

All mums can bag a free dessert at the pub this Sunday.

Last hurrah

What’s more, Saturday (18 March) will see a ‘last hurrah’ at the site. From 12pm the Six Nations games will be played, and an 80s & 90s DJ will take to the decks from 6pm to midnight.

From 8pm, the Motown Legends will play into the night. “We would like to welcome everyone for one last drink or two and to say goodbye to the Hart for all of the great times over the years,” the pub said.

It added: “We invite all of our fantastic regulars, loyal customers, excellent staff (past and present), as well as some of the fantastic musicians we have had the pleasure of hosting to please join us in raising a glass and bidding farewell!”

The pub will open from 11.30am to 10pm for its final day.

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