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Mixed bag as two pubs temporarily close and one reopens

It has been a mixed week for Newbury's pubs as they face the torment of Tier 2 restrictions.

Among those to make changes this week are the Catherine Wheel in the Town Centre, the Castle in Donnington as well as the Old London Apprentice on Hambridge Road.


The Catherine Wheel shared news that they would be temporarily closing yesterday. On Facebook they posted: "Well we dipped our toe in the water and found that it is currently unsustainable to keep it in there. Unfortunately due to the tier 2 restrictions (and the decision by the powers that be to class our courtyard as an inside space) together with the costs incurred in opening and staffing The Catherine Wheel with significantly reduced custom, we have decided that it is untenable at present. We will therefore be keeping our doors closed until the tier 2 restrictions are lifted (which maybe next week)."


The Catherine Wheel's sister pub, the Spare Wheel, continues to operate.


Meanwhile the Castle in Donnington announced that they had taken the difficult decision to temporarily close as of Wednesday 9 December. They later added: "We will be back in the new year still smiling, stronger and ready to go again! Massive thank you to everyone that has supported us through these difficult times, please carry on supporting your independent & local pubs! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year see you on the otherside."


Although the Castle and Catherine Wheel have locked up for the time being, the team behind the Old London Apprentice has gone the other way and reopened this week.


The Hambridge Road pub will welcome back visitors with an offering of pizza as their substantial meal from Friday 11 December saying: "I would say we are amongst the most COVID compliant Pubs in the country."

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