The Weyhill Fair pub has announced today that they will be closing on the 8th January 2023.
Announcing on their Facebook page today (03/01/2023) landlady Claire said:
“It is with great sadness I must announce the imminent closure of The Weyhill Fair Pub. Forced with the well publicised challenges the whole pub industry are facing, the ridiculous energy price increases & catastrophic drop in turnover the pub will close its doors on Sunday 8th January 2023 at 5pm.
“The loss of Christmas business-normally the cushion that would carry me through January & February means the long term viability of the pub is too uncertain given the continuing rise in costs of product’s & utilities I simply can not sustain any more as I have been personally for the last several months.
“I am terribly sad to be leaving the Weyhill fair as your all aware I do have such an emotional attachment to the pub. I have tried my absolute best but it’s simply not viable for the pub to continue. What Fullers decided to do from here I do not know, I have be in discussions with them for several months & they like myself agree it’s not a viable business, just like many others in this industry.
“I would like to thank all the staff present & past, the ongoing support from all my customers, in fact to everyone that has been a part of this pub’s journey. It’s a sad time for us all . Not sure what my future holds but I wish you all well & a happy new year 2023, Claire”
The popular pub which is owned by Fuller’s has been a brilliant local pub and venue for the popular Weyhill Beer Festival. The hospitality sector has been heavily affected from the pandemic and with the cost of living and soaring energy prices has only made it harder. Last year the popular Boot Inn, Shipton Bellinger announced that they were closing.
During the three months to the end of September 2022, Altus’ analysis of Government property tax records shows that 150 pubs were either demolished or converted into other types of use such as homes and offices. This number is up 50% on the 200 pubs that closed for good during the first six months of 2022.
We have asked Fullers for a comment.