Licensee announces pub closure with ‘heavy heart’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Good memories: The pub hosted a final send-off on Saturday (Credit: Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)
Good memories: The pub hosted a final send-off on Saturday (Credit: Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

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A London-based operator, whose pub has closed for good due to rocketing costs, has chosen to remember the good times.

The Rising Sun in Hornchurch, east London, shut its doors on Saturday 9 June after throwing a final goodbye party that lasted all day.

In a statement on Facebook, the pub’s operator James Sherer said: “It is with a heart full of gratitude and fond memories that I write to you, representing the Rising Sun, our beloved pub in Hornchurch.

“As you know, this establishment has been a cornerstone of our vibrant high street for many years, serving as a gathering place, a conversation hub, and a second home to so many.

“However, it is with a heavy heart that we announce our final last call. the Rising Sun will be closing its doors permanently this Saturday, 10 June 2023.

“The costs of maintaining our pub and club have steadily risen, and unfortunately, the demand hasn't been able to keep pace.”

Fond memories

While this decision was not easy to make, Sherer said he looked back with nothing but fondness on the years of camaraderie and community that they’d enjoyed together.

He continued: “The laughter that rang through our halls, the friendships forged over a pint, and the countless celebrations we've been a part of; all of these memories will forever be cherished and ingrained in the history of the Rising Sun.

“As we prepare to bid farewell, we extend our deepest thanks to each and every one of you. It has been an honour to serve this community, to share in your lives, and to pour your favourite drinks. We appreciate your support and loyalty throughout the years more than words can express.

“Thank you, Hornchurch, for every shared story, every toast raised, and every heart-to-heart conversation. Our journey has truly been a testament to the spirit of community that resides within these historic walls.”

Mass closure

Some 21 pubs​ a week closed or lost their licenses between July and December last year, according to figures from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

One of Winchester’s last independent pubs has been forced to cut down trading hours due to the ever-increasing costs of business.

The pub will now be closed on Tuesdays and will operate at a reduced schedule throughout the rest of the week.

A spokesperson made the announcement on social media. They said: “It's not a decision we have taken lightly and are doing it in the best interest of the business. There simply isn't the trade to run the earlier hours as things currently stand.

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