Burnley brewery calls time on pub across the street

A PUB serving real ales pumped directly from the brewery across the road has closed.

Moorhouse’s Brewery in Burnley has announced the General Scarlett in Accrington Road has been forced to shut its doors.

It comes as David Grant, managing director of the Moorhouse Street firm, said the pub had recorded a loss of more than £50,000 last year.

Mr Grant said: “It is with great disappointment that we have been forced to close the General Scarlett.

“Our first pub, we invested in a major refurbishment a few years ago and have supported it in recent years, despite substantial losses, including more than £50,000 in 2013 alone.

“It will now be mothballed and its future reviewed subject to economic circumstances.

“While it is very sad to see any local community pub close, the harsh facts are that across the UK some 20 pubs shut-up each week in the face of the ailing economy, changing social habits, the smoking ban and cheap supermarket booze.

“The Scarlett is just one more casualty of that adverse climate.

“With no catering possible and no outside smoking area due to its main road location it has continually struggled to attract enough customers.”

Licensee Lynn Murton and her staff have all been made redundant, but Lynne will be allowed to continue living above the pub.

Mr Grant said: “We must sincerely thank licensee Lynne Murton for her dedicated service over many years.

“Redundancy terms have been amicably agreed. “The pub has been Lynne’s home for several years and we have no wish to see her move, so she will continue to live there for the foreseeable future.

“For local people wanting a night out we can welcome them to the brewery for a series of events, including comedy nights, planned for this year, making the brewery open to the public for three to four nights each month.”

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5:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

It's a bit grim when even a brewery can't keep a pub open.
It's a bit grim when even a brewery can't keep a pub open. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 26

9:48pm Sun 12 Jan 14

jaffa90 says...

I`m enjoying my premium lager at 85p a 500ml (just under a pint) can at home, also I can buy 24 x 500ml (tray) 5% dutch lager for £20.How much is a pint of stella at your local?
I`m enjoying my premium lager at 85p a 500ml (just under a pint) can at home, also I can buy 24 x 500ml (tray) 5% dutch lager for £20.How much is a pint of stella at your local? jaffa90
  • Score: -2

10:25pm Sun 12 Jan 14

POW WOW says...

Sounds like the government is happy to see the pubs and breweries go under !!!!!!!!!!! If they cared they'd surely make duty exempt for at least 2 years to help revive the trade !!!!!!!!!!!
Sounds like the government is happy to see the pubs and breweries go under !!!!!!!!!!! If they cared they'd surely make duty exempt for at least 2 years to help revive the trade !!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 10

6:23am Mon 13 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

jaffa90 wrote:
I`m enjoying my premium lager at 85p a 500ml (just under a pint) can at home, also I can buy 24 x 500ml (tray) 5% dutch lager for £20.How much is a pint of stella at your local?
And doesn't that sound ever so slightly sad? Are you going to go into work and tell people what a great night you had?

Would you write that you had a nice cup of instant coffee for around 10p (with the milk) so you won't be meeting with friends in a cafe or coffee shop?

Here in Darwen, three new pubs have opened in the last couple of years and there is a new Weatherspoons to open soon. They offer people what they want in today's world.
[quote][p][bold]jaffa90[/bold] wrote: I`m enjoying my premium lager at 85p a 500ml (just under a pint) can at home, also I can buy 24 x 500ml (tray) 5% dutch lager for £20.How much is a pint of stella at your local?[/p][/quote]And doesn't that sound ever so slightly sad? Are you going to go into work and tell people what a great night you had? Would you write that you had a nice cup of instant coffee for around 10p (with the milk) so you won't be meeting with friends in a cafe or coffee shop? Here in Darwen, three new pubs have opened in the last couple of years and there is a new Weatherspoons to open soon. They offer people what they want in today's world. Excluded again
  • Score: 8

6:53am Mon 13 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

If I ran a pub prices would be reasonable;about £1.50 a pint.
If I ran a pub prices would be reasonable;about £1.50 a pint. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

7:22am Mon 13 Jan 14

rudis_dad says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
If I ran a pub prices would be reasonable;about £1.50 a pint.
Best of luck. Even free houses can't buy it for that!!!
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: If I ran a pub prices would be reasonable;about £1.50 a pint.[/p][/quote]Best of luck. Even free houses can't buy it for that!!! rudis_dad
  • Score: 10

8:16am Mon 13 Jan 14

DaveBurnley says...

POW WOW wrote:
Sounds like the government is happy to see the pubs and breweries go under !!!!!!!!!!! If they cared they'd surely make duty exempt for at least 2 years to help revive the trade !!!!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately the breweries have been their own worst enemies.

I can remember quite a few years ago when the government of the time reduced the tax on beer to help the pubs.

The big breweries said 'Thank you' and promptly put the prices up!
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: Sounds like the government is happy to see the pubs and breweries go under !!!!!!!!!!! If they cared they'd surely make duty exempt for at least 2 years to help revive the trade !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Unfortunately the breweries have been their own worst enemies. I can remember quite a few years ago when the government of the time reduced the tax on beer to help the pubs. The big breweries said 'Thank you' and promptly put the prices up! DaveBurnley
  • Score: 5

8:36am Mon 13 Jan 14

xsblue says...

sorry to hear that, it was a great pint R I P.
sorry to hear that, it was a great pint R I P. xsblue
  • Score: 3

8:55am Mon 13 Jan 14

rudis_dad says...

Everything in this industry is arse-about-face. Tied or part-tied houses have to buy their beer from their pubco - surely then they should be paying less for it, not more? My local has recently been bought to be turned into a free house - when the last tennant left, he had a "closing down" sale, but even so his cheapest beer was £2 a pint, and he was making about 10p on each one! As a free house, the new owners will be able to sell the same pint for £2.50 and make a good return on it. Absolute nonsense.
Everything in this industry is arse-about-face. Tied or part-tied houses have to buy their beer from their pubco - surely then they should be paying less for it, not more? My local has recently been bought to be turned into a free house - when the last tennant left, he had a "closing down" sale, but even so his cheapest beer was £2 a pint, and he was making about 10p on each one! As a free house, the new owners will be able to sell the same pint for £2.50 and make a good return on it. Absolute nonsense. rudis_dad
  • Score: 4

9:18am Mon 13 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

rudis_dad wrote:
Everything in this industry is arse-about-face. Tied or part-tied houses have to buy their beer from their pubco - surely then they should be paying less for it, not more? My local has recently been bought to be turned into a free house - when the last tennant left, he had a "closing down" sale, but even so his cheapest beer was £2 a pint, and he was making about 10p on each one! As a free house, the new owners will be able to sell the same pint for £2.50 and make a good return on it. Absolute nonsense.
Spot on. The pubcos (with the exception of some like Weatherspoons) are largely to blame for the decline of the British pub.

Run by accountants in London, they saw their businesses as property developments which sold a bit of beer and food. They took out massive loans against their pub estates in the boom period, which they are now struggling to pay off. So they screw their managers into the ground and change their managers more often than people change their socks when they 'fail'. If the managers meet their targets, then they are given even harder targets as a reward.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: Everything in this industry is arse-about-face. Tied or part-tied houses have to buy their beer from their pubco - surely then they should be paying less for it, not more? My local has recently been bought to be turned into a free house - when the last tennant left, he had a "closing down" sale, but even so his cheapest beer was £2 a pint, and he was making about 10p on each one! As a free house, the new owners will be able to sell the same pint for £2.50 and make a good return on it. Absolute nonsense.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The pubcos (with the exception of some like Weatherspoons) are largely to blame for the decline of the British pub. Run by accountants in London, they saw their businesses as property developments which sold a bit of beer and food. They took out massive loans against their pub estates in the boom period, which they are now struggling to pay off. So they screw their managers into the ground and change their managers more often than people change their socks when they 'fail'. If the managers meet their targets, then they are given even harder targets as a reward. Excluded again
  • Score: 8

3:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
Sounds like the government is happy to see the pubs and breweries go under !!!!!!!!!!! If they cared they'd surely make duty exempt for at least 2 years to help revive the trade !!!!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately the breweries have been their own worst enemies.

I can remember quite a few years ago when the government of the time reduced the tax on beer to help the pubs.

The big breweries said 'Thank you' and promptly put the prices up!
the tax the government reduced was gobbled up in higher transport/fuel/road tax
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: Sounds like the government is happy to see the pubs and breweries go under !!!!!!!!!!! If they cared they'd surely make duty exempt for at least 2 years to help revive the trade !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Unfortunately the breweries have been their own worst enemies. I can remember quite a few years ago when the government of the time reduced the tax on beer to help the pubs. The big breweries said 'Thank you' and promptly put the prices up![/p][/quote]the tax the government reduced was gobbled up in higher transport/fuel/road tax ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

pubs are like camera films, of the past.if a brewery cant run a pub who the hell can and the brewery will be next with no pubs to supply. crazy world.
pubs are like camera films, of the past.if a brewery cant run a pub who the hell can and the brewery will be next with no pubs to supply. crazy world. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 1

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