Village pub shuts doors after a decade

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Retirement plans: A Nottinghamshire pub closes its doors (Credit: Getty/ilbusca)
Retirement plans: A Nottinghamshire pub closes its doors (Credit: Getty/ilbusca)

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The Bromley at Fiskerton, Nottinghamshire has closed after nearly 10 years as part of the owners’ retirement plan.

The pub’s closure was announced on social media on Monday 4 September.

It will continue to offer food and service at its sister pub the Countryman pub and dining in Kirkby, Ashfield.

Guests reacted with sadness and well wishes. “Good luck and best wishes on your retirement. A great pub as is the Countryman,” said one user.

When asked whether someone else would take over the pub, the owners said the brewery had been unable to find suitable new tenants at present, but hopefully someone would take the business on in the future.

One user said: “Thank you for providing such a great service to the village, the food and service was always great.”

Another added: “Thank you for always providing us with great food that we always looked forward to. Wishing you all the best for your future. The Bromley will be missed.”

Shutting down

Recent data​ revealed that some 200 pubs closed their doors in the first three months of this year, according data obtained by one accountancy firm.

Price Bailey also revealed 620 pubs in England, Scotland and Wales entered insolvency in the past 12 months – a 68% increase compared to the previous year’s figures (369).

Separate data commissioned by Price Bailey from National Statistics showed optimism among licensees was on the rise despite the surge in business failures.

More than a third (35%) of British pubs reported turnover was rising rather than falling (16%) – an improvement on six months ago when 7% reported rising turnover against 58% stating takings were down.

Sad closure

Corto bar​ in Clitheroe, Lancashire, is set to close next week on 17 September.

A statement posted on social media said: “We knew the bar was never going to make us rich, and that wasn’t the point. What was a sound business plan in 2018 didn’t account for a global pandemic​​, a cost-of-living crisis, a recession​​, and all the changes the hospitality industry has had to make to survive.”

Founders Katie Mather and her partner Tom said Corto was their “dream, and a vision for our ideal bar”. They added: “We’re sorry to let our brilliant little community down like this. In you we found a corner of Clitheroe​​ that we loved, and that loved us back.”

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