Another 10 Wetherspoons pubs are closing for good after being sold off with another 35 boozers still on the market… so is YOUR local on the list?
- Ten Wetherspoon branches are being sold and will close for good
- 35 are up for sale – but will continue to operate as Wetherspoons until sold
Wetherspoons has confirmed that ten of its pubs will be closing for good after being sold – with another 35 branches up for sale.
Among those which have been sold are the Harvest Moon in Orpington, Moon on the Square in Basildon and the Postal Order in Worcester.
Chapel an Gansblydhen, in Bodmin, and Bootle’s Wild Rose will also close their doors for ever.
Another 35 pubs are up for sale – but these branches will be open and continue to operate as Wetherspoons until they are sold, a spokesperson told MailOnline today.
See the list in full below.
The Postal Order in Worcester is one of 10 Wetherspoons pubs which have been sold
The pub chain also said yesterday that sales jumped at the end of 2022 but it is still struggling to keep up with its pre-pandemic performance.
Like-for-like sales rose 18 per cent in the last quarter of 2022 at the firm’s 844 pubs, but are still 2 per cent behind 2019 levels.
Wetherspoons also noted that costs were far higher than three years ago, especially for labour, food, energy and maintenance.
Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin said: ‘The aftermath of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have been far more difficult than anyone thought. That is the picture for the whole pub and restaurant industry.
‘People thought that after lockdown there would be a boom in people suffering from cabin fever but, instead, it has almost been the opposite situation as people have got in the habit of staying in.
‘That’s the big thing that means sales are down on 2019. Things are improving now but it’s slow.’
But Wetherspoon said it trumped the wider pub and restaurant sector in December, with sales jumping by a fifth compared with the national average of a 15 per cent increase in the month, according to the Coffer CGA Business Tracker.
North and South Wales Bank, Wrexham, is another branch which has been confirmed as sold
The full list of pubs which have been sold:
Harvest Moon, Orpington
Alexander Bain, Wick
Chapel an Gansblydhen, Bodmin
Moon on the Square, Basildon
Coal Orchard, Taunton
Running Horse, Airside Doncaster Airport
Wild Rose, Bootle
Edmund Halley, Lee Green
Postal Order, Worcester
North and South Wales Bank, Wrexham
The full list of Wetherspoons pubs still up for sale:
The Butlers Bell, Stafford
Worlds Inn, Romford
Silkstone Inn, Barnsley
Wrong ‘Un, Bexleyheath
The Percy Shaw, Halifax
Jolly Sailor, Hanham
The Alfred Herring, Palmers Green
The Moon & Bell, Loughborough
The Widow Frost, Mansfield
Foxley Hatch, Purley
The Rising Sun, Redditch
Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Southampton
The Colombia Press, Watford
The Malthouse, Willenhall
The John Masefield, New Ferry
The Crosse Keys, Peebles
Lord Arthur Lee, Fareham
The Saltoun Inn, Fraserburgh
General Sir Redvers Buller, Crediton
Plough & Harrow, Hammersmith
Thomas Leaper, Derby
Tollgate, Turnpike Lane
Millers Well, East Ham
Hudson Bay, Forest Gate
The Billiard Hall, West Bromwich
Capitol, Forest Hill
The Bankers Draft, Eltham
Moon on the Hill, Harrow
The Bank House, Cheltenham
Last Post, Loughton.