An English pub that claims to be Britain’s oldest is set to close due to financial problems caused by the epidemic. According to their website, “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” in Saint Alphonse, north London, date from 793 AD. According to owner Cristo Tofali, who posted on Puppin’s Facebook page last Friday, it will now “close after a long period of very difficult business conditions.” CNN.
“My team and I have made every effort to pursue Pub. However, the past two years have been unprecedented for the hospitality industry and we have defeated all those who have done their best to ensure this longevity that has won many awards. Pub,” the owner wrote. Cristo Tofali said of the consequences Govit-19 Leaving the pub struggling to meet the “disaster” and its financial obligations. “I’m not going to say I’m disappointed: this pub was more than just a business to me, and I’m proud to have played even a small part of its history,” he noted.
The glow of hope for reopening
The main structure of “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” was built in the 11th century and, according to the local tourism board, was originally a dovecote. The pub gets its name from the cockfights that took place there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest pub in the UK, but the Guinness World Records spokesman told CNN that the record title is now dormant. “This record was dropped in 2000 and it was clear that it could not be fully verified,” he said.
Record holder or not, this will not be the final chapter of Pubb’s story. A spokesman for Mitchells & Butlers said it was working to reopen the brewery, which owns the site. “Unfortunately we can confirm that our tenants at ‘Ye Old Fighting Cocks’ have appointed trustees, but we can assure the locals that this is not the end for the pub,” a spokesman said in a statement. “We are currently exploring all possibilities for the future of the site and hope to reopen the pub soon under the new administration,” they added.
Between 2008 and 2018, more than 11,000 liquor stores closed, and the UK’s National Statistics Office cut the total by almost a quarter.
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