The Rose and Crown

the rose & crown has now closed

We have now closed our doors for the last time. 
Thank you for all of your support & custom, we will miss you all xx
We make this announcement to you all with an extremely heavy heart and wish more than you can imagine that we didn’t need to.
The Rose and Crown has been losing money for a considerable time now, and despite our best efforts, we have not been able to stem this flow. The opening of 2 pubs nearby has hit our trade beyond recovery, and we have got to a point where our heads must rule our hearts.
As a result, we must reluctantly inform you that we are having to close The Rose & Crown, with our last trading day being Sunday 8th March 2020. 
Having successfully turned around our previous pub we optimistically put our heart, soul and life savings into making The Rose & Crown a success, but sadly it wasn’t to be.
The Rose & Crown has been for sale since November 2018, including a price reduction of £35,000 to encourage a sale. This put the price below market value and did not cover the amount that we have invested here, since we purchased the freehold from Punch in 2017.
However, other than a few viewings, there has been no interest. Despite being listed as an Asset of Community Value, neither CAMRA (who nominated the pub) nor the Parish Council have made expressions of interest to our knowledge.
We have been approached by, and have accepted an offer from a developer, to purchase the carpark area with the intention of building houses on it, subject to planning. This does not affect the pub itself. We wanted to be open, upfront and transparent with you all about this. It is expected that the planning application will be submitted in the next few months. Sadly, the timings of this deal are too late to keep The Rose & Crown solvent, with both of us having to find jobs in order to pay the bills.
We will be holding a sale beginning next week, to clear our stock and fixtures and fittings, to start paying off some of our creditors.
The Rose and Crown has some extremely loyal customers, many of whom we now class not only as customers, but as friends. We are desperately sorry for you that we are having to take these steps. However, the simple fact is that there are not enough of you to prevent the pub running at a loss.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for being customers since we came here in 2017. We are extremely sorry that we couldn’t save your local. 
Love Chris and Carmel x
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