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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Historic Barrow pub shuts

A LONG-STANDING pub holds little prospect of re-opening until the recession ends.

The landmark Harbour Hotel in The Strand, Barrow, shut its doors before Christmas.

It is understood the owner, Frederic Robinson Ltd, is prepared to wait for an influx of trade from the ongoing Marina Village development.

A spokesman for the Stockport-based brewery told the Evening Mail the pub only temporarily closed in November.

He said: “This will remain the case until the local economy picks up in the area.”

The Harbour Hotel, which dates back to the 19th Century, has an illustrious history.

Its heyday was arguably in the 1970s and early 80s under licensees Norman and Molly Cloke.

As well as the dockland trade, it attracted staff from the former North Lonsdale Hospital and was the meeting place for the Corporation Combine Rugby Club.

But the pub, like countless others, went into decline in more recent times as landlords struggled in the face of a change in drinking habits, cheap supermarket deals on alcohol and the smoking ban.

Recent research by the British Beer and Pub Association suggests pubs are closing at a rate of 52 a week, with local authorities claiming this is damaging community life.

Mike Fallon, chairman of the Barrow and District Licensed Victuallers’ Association, said he has never known it so bad in his 18 years in the trade.

Mr Fallon added: “The last time I can remember so many pubs closing was in the late 60s and early 70s, when the town centre was being redeveloped.” Mr Fallon, who runs the Theatre Bar in Cavendish Street, added there are persistent rumours other licensed premises are on their last legs, although some pubs have closed and then re-opened.

The Evening Mail understands The Queen’s Arms in Biggar Village, Walney, which closed last March, has attracted an offer from an interested party.

However, a spokesperson for Admiral Taverns, which runs the 18th pub, would only confirm that The Queen’s Arms is currently up for sale.

Have your say

a local pub in town or village can be a big part of the community, its not the pubs or supermarkets, that are causing the problem,but stupid people, and they will allways be with us.ask most of the older folk about pubs and you will find that drunks are in every age,but in todays world it seems that all that matters is profit,regardless of the cost,its big money and trade thats the real cause of drink dangers.not the pubs.

Posted by robert mitchell on 31 March 2010 at 11:35

Fredric Robinson/Hartley's etc are all the same there not in the trade to help their landlords as can be same by the number of pubs closing each week. The very few in Barrow that still survive are buying their drinks from cheaper sources(Classic/Supermarkets etc) just buying bare minimum from the brewery's to keep them sweet,as long as the rent is paid breweries turn a blind eye.

Posted by I knewit on 10 January 2010 at 11:00

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