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A pub in southern Somerset has closed after suffering a ‘catastrophic decline’ in trade amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wyndham Arms in the village of Kingsbury Episcopi, near Martock, closed on Thursday July 22, the pub owners confirmed in a statement.

They noted that the decision was not made without “a lot of soul searching” and acknowledged that the announcement will be a disappointment for many of their repeat customers.

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Owners Scott and Lizzie said they haven’t made any plans for themselves or the pub’s future yet, but thanked customers, vendors and staff for their support over the past three years and eight months.

They said they found that customer habits had changed since reopening for the third time in April this year.

They said: “Trade restrictions and a catastrophic drop in trade have taken their toll and we are seeing that the business is no longer viable. We cannot afford to wait for our customers to return. It would ruin us financially.

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“It has been a roller coaster for both of us and there have been good times and bad times. We made fantastic friends and have so many great memories of music and good times and these are the things we will take with us.

“We haven’t made any plans for ourselves or the pub other than that we can’t go on. Please understand our pain.

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Source: www.somersetlive.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-07-27 04:00:00

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