A Wetherspoon pub in Redfield will close down next month, Bristol Live understands.
The St George’s Hall pub, on Church Road, does not yet have an official closing date, but it is understood trading will cease in mid- or late-September.
One regular said: “All the locals are trying to get souvenirs before it closes. There was one bloke asking for a picture of John Wayne on the wall.”
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He added some customers have sought to take “anything that’s not nailed down” as a memento of the boozer.
We revealed in May that Wetherspoon had accepted an offer for the pub, though at that time the deal had not been completed, according to its spokesman.
The fate of St George’s Hall has long been a matter of speculation. The twisty saga started in the spring of 2019, when Wetherspoon revealed plans to sell it after disappointing financial results.
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The pub was among 16 UK Wetherspoon branches set to be sold after those results, dismaying regulars at the Redfield watering hole. One said at the time: “It’s a community pub and I’ll be really sad to see it go.”
There was a u-turn in November 2019, when Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “There had been an offer to purchase it, but after consideration, we decided to continue to run it as a Wetherspoon pub. All the staff have been told and are delighted with the decision. We trust that our loyal customers will welcome the good news too.”
It is not clear why the chain has now decided to sell up, but the pandemic has had a significant impact on its finances. Wetherspoon reported a pre-tax loss of £46.2million in its six-month results in March.
Research revealed in 2019 that the St George’s Hall was the cheapest Wetherspoon pub in Bristol, its customers spending an average of £2.72 for a pint.
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