Four popular pubs in Bedminster have announced today (March 29) that they will be closing due to increasing pressure brought on by the cost of living crisis.
The Tap and Barrel, in Dean Lane, The London Inn pub, in Cannon Street, The Albert Lounge, and The Black Cat, both in West Street are all closed. Both The Tap and Barrel and The Albert Lounge confirmed on their Facebook pages that they would be closed from today. This was been met by an outpouring of disappointed customers wishing the best for both pubs’ staff.
The London Inn and Black Cat have also closed their doors with a notice taped to both entrances reading ‘due to unforeseen circumstances we are closed till further notice’. We understand all four pubs share the same owner and there is still the opportunity for a new leaseholder to continue running the pubs.
In a Facebook post, the staff at the Tap and Barrel said: “The Tap and Barrel has unfortunately had to close due to constant rise in cost of living.
“We regret this very much but would like to thank all customers who walked through our doors for their custom and a huge thanks to staff for your hard work. A huge thanks to Deb for all the work she put in trying to keep it open. Thank you and we wish you all the best.”
It account also added that it was “sure someone will reopen” the pub soon.
Just an hour later, the Albert Lounge relayed a similar message to its followers on social media by confirming its closure, explaining: “The decision has been taken predominantly due to increased price rises with energy rates and all of our suppliers.
“On behalf of the Albert team management, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued loyalty for the past seven years. Without your support, our success would not have been possible, however under the current business climate, we have been left with no option but to close down. Thank you once again for the loyal and continuous support you have shown us over the years we have been trading.
“We will miss you all, and feel truly devastated that it has come to this.”