Newstead pub blames 10pm curfew as it closes for foreseeable future

 Newstead pub blames 10pm curfew as it closes for foreseeable future

PICTURED: Inside The Pit micropub in Newstead

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A Newstead pub has blamed the latest government restrictions for its decision to close for the foreseeable future.

The Pit Micropub on Tilford Road will shut its doors on Sunday, October 4.

Landlady Lorraine Horrocks announced the decision on Facebook.

She said: “It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that due to the latest mandatory obligations on the hospitality sector, The Pit Micropub will be temporarily closing over the autumn and winter period.

“This of course is a huge blow not only to the community of Newstead but also our customers from the surrounding areas and even further afield, our amazing staff and not forgetting the grassroots artists that we have always keenly supported and vice versa.

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Customers pictured out The Pit Micropub during an event last year

“The new mandatory conditions placed –unjustly– upon the hospitality sector, combined with three months of lockdown, loss of all our major events over the summer and, as we head into autumn, the events that keep us afloat during this period (live music, Halloween, Bonfire celebrations, private bookings) has left us in a position that we can not operate in a way that is even remotely financially viable.

“Moreover, the latest restrictions, personally for me, go a step too far and we cannot provide the relaxed, fun and welcoming environment we have always endeavoured to be.The new support measures also released this week do not bring any palpable support to myself, nor any small business which is a non-VAT registered, sole trader with part-time staff.

“Over this period I will be looking at ways that we can move forward and enable us to re-open in Spring 2021 in a manner that is safe yet brings back to you the rightly historical benefits and purpose of the community pub.

She added: “I look forward to our return in the New Year when I hope that once again we will be able to have a blast.”

Gedling Eye has contacted local MP Mark Spencer for a comment.

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