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‘It is mentally tough as you start to plan something and then it gets cancelled’: Two borough landladies reveal the impact an ‘uncertain’ tier system has on their pubs


The pubs of Gedling are working hard to maintain high spirits with the uncertain tier system.

Many pubs across the UK have faced both financial and social limitations as a result of the global pandemic.

And pubs in Gedling borough are facing the same struggles and obstacles.

Beccy Webster, 33, is the owner of The Gedling Inn.

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She said: “its both the social side and the financial.

“In the first lockdown we had to destroy over 1000 gallons of beer.

“It’s hard mentally too, you start to plan something and it gets cancelled.

“It’s hard to keep up with without a lot of notice.”

It is not only the businesses which have been effected.

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PICTURED: The Gedling Inn

Many residents of Gedling rely on pubs and hospitality establishments as a way to gather communally.

And so the closures are not only effecting the monetary side of Gedling’s pubs but also the community spirit which these bring to the area.

Nikki Murphy, 37, is the owner of It’s Inn The Bank in Netherfield.

She said: “I’ve noticed a great deal more vulnerability in the area.

“There’s a lot of people that I believe have deteriorated mentally.

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“There are a lot of people that do depend on the pubs.

“We have a family minded feel and when that’s taken away it is almost like losing a relative as you can’t speak to people.”

As Nottinghamshire remains within the strictest tier it is hard to tell when these venues will be given the green light to reopen again.

This is troubling for those working hard behind the scenes to maintain the morale of the hospitality sector.

Many are still staying positive and as Nikki said: “Nothing can be tougher than what we have faced this year.

Nicola Murphy runs It’s Inn The Bank in Netherfield

“Onwards and upwards for 2021.”

Local resident Helen, 49, had a reservation cancelled at the Bromley in nearby Fiskerton because of the tier 3 restrictions.

She said: “I had a lovely long chat with the manager whilst my deposit was being refunded.

“I was simply blown away with his positivity in the face of yet more lost profits. With their location they’re a destination public house and with restrictions in place they knew footfall was going to be low to zero.”

“The community has come together in a time of uncertainty to support not only local businesses, but also each other.”

Gedling MP Tom Randall has been highlighting the plight of pubs in Gedling in the House of Commons.

“I’m particularly aware of the fact that our pubs are going through a hard time, he said.

“We lost 70 million pints in the first lockdown.”

“It is going to be really tough for pubs over the next few months and I can’t sugarcoat that at all.

“I am very keen to listen to what our pub owners have got to say. I’ve had some meetings with landlords and breweries, but I’m happy to meet with more and see what practical help we can give them.”

Mr Randall, like many others in his constituency, said he was looking forward to the day he could again pop out to the pub for a pint.

“I am really looking forward to that first post-coronavirus pint, which I hope will come sooner than later,” he said.

“It won’t be before Christmas – and I’m really sad about that – but hopefully not before too long.”

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