Wetherspoons adds more pubs to its updated list of those at risk of being closed down
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Ah, Wetherspoons. Home to a fry-up that will only set you back a few quid, some of the cheapest pints going on the circuit and the infamous Blue Lagoon cocktail pitcher - it's clear the pub chain has well and truly cemented itself in British culture.
However, when Spoons first announced that a whole load of its pubs across the UK were set to close, it's no surprise many were left wondering if their local was going to receive the axing treatment next.
The pub chain announced plans to shut a number of its sites as part of a massive estate overhaul.
And, just last month, the pub group also announced it was set to close the doors on another 22 pubs even though 29 sites had already been shut down his year alone.
Full list of pubs below
At the time, JD Wetherspoon said it was a 'misinterpretation' to suggest the move to sell some of its pubs was down to difficult trading conditions.
An official update stated: "In fact, the disposals have raised relatively modest amounts (although every little helps) and almost all are related to circumstances … where there is another Wetherspoon pub nearby."
Chairman Tim Martin said last month: "As a result of a continued improvement in sales and a slightly reduced expectation for cost increases, for example energy costs, the company anticipates an improved outcome for the next financial year, and anticipates an outcome for the first half of 2023-24 approximately in line with the second half of 2022-23."
Since then, Wetherspoons has confirmed that two more of its sites have now closed or are about to be closed in the next few weeks ahead.
The two pubs in question include The Saltoun Inn based in Fraserburgh, Scotland, which shut its doors to punters just over the weekend (30 July) alongside The Bankers Draft in Eltham, London.
The latter lock-in is set to be officially closed further toward the end of this month (20 August).
Here's a list of the pubs said to be under offer:
- Asparagus - Battersea
- General Sir Redvers Buller - Crediton
- Millers Well - East Ham
- The Bankers Draft - Eltham
- Hudson Bay - Forest Gate
- Capitol - Forest Hill
- The Saltoun Inn - Fraserburgh
- The Percy Shaw - Halifax
- Coronet - Holloway
- The Alfred Herring - Palmers Green
- The Cross Keys - Peebles
- Foxley Hatch - Purley
- The Butlers Bell - Stafford
- The Widow Frost - Mansfield
The pubs said to be 'available' for sale:
- Lord Arthur Lee - Fareham
- Plough & Harrow - Hammersmith
- Jolly Sailor - Hanham
- World's Inn - Romford
- Sennockian - Sevenoaks
- Former Tusk Nightclub & Waverly Tea Rooms - Watford
- Wrong ‘Un - Bexleyheath
- Moon on the Hill, Harrow
- The Sir John Arderne, Newark
The pubs that have been sold:
- The John Masefield, New Ferry
- Angel, Islington
- The Silkstone Inn, Barnsley
- The Billiard Hall, West Bromwich
- Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Southampton
- The Colombia Press, Watford
- The Malthouse, Willenhall
- The John Masefield, New Ferry
- Thomas Leaper, Derby
- Cliftonville, Hove
- Tollgate, Harringay
- Last Post, Loughton
- 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
- The Willow Grove, Southport
- Postal Order, Worcester
- North and South Wales Bank, Wrexham
- The Sir John Stirling Maxwell, Glasgow
- The Knight's Templar, London
- Christopher Creeke, Bournemouth
- The Water House, Durham
- The Worlds Inn, Romford
- The Saltoun Inn, Fraserburgh
A spokesperson for the pub chain told LADbible last month: "Wetherspoon put pubs up for sale around 9 months ago and the 22 are those which have not yet been sold and continue to operate as Wetherspoon pubs."
LADbible has reached out to a representative at JD Wetherspoon for further comment.