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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Workington pub in doubt after drop in trade

A popular Workington pub may be forced to close if trade does not improve, its owners said.

Judith and Michael Hadfield, who own The Circuit on Nook Street, have applied for planning permission to turn the downstairs of the pub into three flats.

Mrs Hadfield, who transformed the premises of an Italian restaurant into a bar 24 years ago, said it had been one of the most popular pubs in town during its heyday, but trade dropped off after the 2009 floods.

She said that they had worked for no profit for the past two years.

Mrs Hadfield, who also runs Duke’s Bar on Wilson Street, said: “Applying for planning permission for the flats is plan B. We don’t want to close but things have got so bad.

“If people don’t come back and support us then we will be forced to go down another route.

“When the bridges went down people in Seaton and other areas got into the habit of drinking in their local or at home and this has stuck.

“A lot of people started drinking in Carlisle and liked it so much that they haven’t come back.

“Another big knock-on effect is the introduction of late licenses.

“People are now coming out later and drinking until 3am. We’re an early doors bar so we’ve found that people have started to miss us out.”

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It doesn't help that the pub is full of kids!

Posted by anon on 24 January 2014 at 15:54

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