Bristol news Pub landlord issues stark warning after year is 'destroyed' MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - "Pubs need to be supported more or they will not survive, it's as simple as that"
Breaking News ! A beleaguered landlord near Bristol has warned a huge number of pubs will shut unless people start showing more support. Holly Chugg-Jones has run The Crown between Regil and Winford, 20 minutes from Bristol, with her partner Julian Light since August 2019. The couple had started to turn the fortunes of the rural boozer around in the months leading up to lockdown - but are now fearing their business and many others will be forced to close. The 31-year-old thinks pictures of heaving town centres and packed pubs in the media are putting people off visiting. "It has been a huge challenge for us since we reopened because a lot of our old customers are too scared to come back," she said. "The customers who have come here have been brilliant, but there has been a huge drop in footfall and takings since we got going again - we're down about 70 to 80 per cent. Our top What's On stories New outdoor event space launching Cabot Circus clothing store to close Festival confirmed to run in 2020 Popular pizzeria closing down "I think the problem stems from pictures of packed pubs in the media, which not only put people off going to their local as they think it will be really busy, but also leads people to think pubs are thriving. "While that's the case for some places, especially those which haven't been taking their Covid-19 precautions seriously enough, it certainly isn't true for a lot in the Bristol area and further across the UK. "I do understand why people might be hesitant to head out to the pub but many including ours have thorough safety measures in place, which I don't think a lot of people realise. (Image: Michael Lloyd Photography) "Pubs need to be supported more or they will not survive, it's as simple as that." Holly, who left her job in finance to take over the reins of The Crown, which is owned by two people from Regil who purchased it from Wadworth Brewery, said the couple have taken their safety measures very seriously.
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Staff have also been issued with a new uniform which they must change into when they arrive for their shift and change out of before they leave, so there is a reduced chance of contamination from their home and workplace. The pub also boasts a spacious beer garden perfect for the hot weather. Holly said the pub's regulars consist predominantly of residents in surrounding villages, but a few customers have travelled from Bristol since the pub reopened as they are not satisfied with the measures in place at their local.
(Image: Michael Lloyd Photography)
However, the business will need to see a sizable uptake in trade over the coming weeks and months or it could face closure - and Holly fears that could lead to it being developed into flats. "Business was good for us before lockdown but Covid-19 has completely destroyed our first year," she added. Find out where's delivering near you:
"This is such a brilliant pub and I do worry that it could be turned into flats if we don't get more people through the door, which would be a disaster. I fear it could be a similar story at lots of other pubs too unless something changes. "It's a case of use it or lose it. I'm sure they will be missed when they're gone."
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