North Staffordshire pub announces it will not be reopening its doors following lockdown

A Staffordshire Moorlands pub has announced it has shut its doors permanently and will not be reopening.

Tonight the Royal Oak, in Rushton Spencer, said it would not be opening up when pubs in England are allowed to reopen on July 4.

The landlord confirmed they would be leaving the pub and thanked those who had supported the Macclesfield Road inn.

In a statement the pub said:  “This is a tough thing to write but it needs to be said. It is with my deepest regret and sadness that I will not be able to reopen the doors to the Royal Oak.

“The current situation has been hard for everyone but it’s been especially hard for us at the Oak considering the work we had done in January that ran through February as well meaning we couldn’t trade properly at all for the last 6 months.

“I came into this village over two years ago with a dream and was very lucky to feel welcomed like I was. I have made some great friends and hope to continue them friendships forever.

“I’m sorry if this has disappointed people who were looking forward to me opening again but this is a choice I must make for my own health and mind.

“I just want to thank those that stuck by me through good and bad. I wish the best of luck to whoever takes the pub on after me.

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“All the staff who did a great job over the time I was there, and the locals who gave us some great support.”

Pubs across the country have been closed since March but from next Saturday they can reopen with strict rules in place.

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