Thursday, 7 Dec 2023

Pub in UK village closes after 300 years as ‘nobody wants to work at weekends’

A pub in a little UK village is in the process of closing down after 300 years – with the owners blaming the lack of people wanting to work weekends.

Chris and Ellie Rossetto run the Fleur de Lys pub in a small Essex village, and said a shortage of staff since Britain left the European Union was to blame, along with rising costs stemming from the Covid pandemic and the changing behaviour of young people.

Located just outside Saffron Walden in Widdington, the owners described the premises as “amazing” – but admitted British pubs were “dying” at the moment, reports the BBC.

They explained that not enough people want to work at weekends, while also lamenting the poor bus service to the pub, meaning potential workers struggled to get there.

READ MORE: ‘We’re on a mission to visit every pub in the UK and this is our favourite town'[LATEST]

The couple also explained that the younger generation spend less time at the pub then their older counterparts did, and that they’d more likely visit a gym on a Friday night than a pub.

They handed their tenancy notice to the building owner six months ago – although the Rossetto’s aren’t too down about it.

Chris says it has encouraged the couple to have children.

He said: “I’m now at an age where I feel I need to have time with them.”

Don’t miss…
Hackers flaunt British Library data threat and claim they can make £600k[CYBER HACK]
The unsuspecting road hiding the UK’s ‘largest, unavoidable pothole'[POTHOLES]
‘I’ve been buying Christmas gifts since August – everything is wrapped up'[CHRISTMAS]

  • Support fearless journalism
  • Read The Daily Express online, advert free
  • Get super-fast page loading

He added how “fortunate” their time at the pub had been, and hoped someone else would take on the job of running it so the Rossettoes could “go down and enjoy it”.

Pubs in the UK have been diminishing over the last twenty-five years.

Since 2000, a quarter of pubs have closed in the UK – a total of 13,000 locations, with reasons including the rising costs of pubs and changing consumer habits.

This is in spite of the industry receiving a 75 percent discount on their business rate bills, capped at £110,000.

Source: Read Full Article

Related Posts