Pig & Whistle in Norwich closes as licensees turn focus to other city pub

The Pig and Whistle. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Pig and Whistle. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

A city pub has had to close its doors just seven months after it re-opened.

The Pig & Whistle on All Saints Green was taken on by licensees Claire and Dale Brooke in May this year.

But on Saturday, the couple, who also run the Walnut Tree Shades at Old Post Office Court, Norwich, took the decision to close up.

Mrs Brooke said running both pubs had become an 'exhausting' task, adding that she had to work an 80-hour week during one busy period.

'The right decision for us is to concentrate on the Walnut,' she said. 'We really enjoyed our time at the Pig & Whistle, and it is with a heavy heart to have left.'

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The couple took on the Enterprise Inns-owned pub around two months after its previous licence holder was convicted of fraud.

And Mrs Brooke said while footfall had been on the increase, regular roadworks along Westlegate during the summer had impacted the business.

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'The digging was going on for three months while we were there and they are planning to return in the New Year,' she said.

'It was work that had to be done, but it did not help trade.'

The pub, which closed on December 17, is now up for let through the property company Fleurets on behalf of Enterprise Inns.

Simon Jackaman, East Anglia divisional director for Fleurets, said Enterprise was willing to consider various options for the building. He added the pub could become a restaurant, café or even retail outlet in the future.

'We have had some interest in the pub, but it is very early days,' Mr Jackaman said.

Anyone interested in taking on the pub should visit http://www.fleurets.com/search/all-properties/search-for-e-615280

Are you aware of a pub closing near you? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684 or email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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