LYME Regis pubs have been coming to terms with another closure following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s weekend announcement on a second lockdown.
The month-long lockdown will come into force at midnight on Wednesday and will see pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and all non-essential shops closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The announcement came as a blow to Lyme’s hospitality industry, having missed out on trade during the first lockdown in spring.
Many local pubs have released statements today about the impending closure and how they will be operating in the run up to the second lockdown.
The Rock Point Inn, which delayed its reopening following extensive refurbishment due to the first lockdown, released the following statement: “After the government announcement at the weekend, we will be closing at 10pm on November 4.
“We are in the process of contacting all guests who were planning to stay with us between the November 4 and December 1 to arrange a full refund or re-schedule their stay. Our team are currently handling very high numbers of enquiries so please bear with us – thank you for your patience and understanding.
“If you have booked a table with us the between November 5 and December 1, there is no need to call us to let us know. We will automatically cancel your reservation.
“We’d like to thank everybody who has supported us by visiting one of our pubs or hotels in recent weeks and look forward to welcoming our guests back from December 2. Stay safe and see you soon.”
The Nag’s Head in Silver Street, which only reopened in September under the ownership of new landlord Tony Allen, is now offering Guinness, Otter Ale and Otter Bitter for just £2 to use up stock. The pub’s usual Friday meat draw will be brought forward to Wednesday evening before the closure.
Popular bar and restaurant SWIM on Lyme Regis seafront issued the following statement: “After the announcement from Boris on Saturday, we will unfortunately be closing as of Wednesday night this week, which is very sad news.
“It is so disappointing for all of us here as we have loved the extended summer we’ve been having and we have loved seeing everyone enjoying themselves again.
“As always we will group together and be prepared for when we can reopen again and hope to see you all soon.”
The Royal Standard on Marine Parade says it will continue to serve food and drink until Thursday, including its popular Greek specials. The pub also plans to restart Sunday roasts when it is allowed to open again in December.
Steve and Wendy Gardner at The Talbot Arms said: “We are sad to be going into another pub closure but we will accept the decision in the hope that we can reopen in time to prepare for Santa!
We hope to see lots of you before we close on Wednesday evening. However, please remember if your are planning on coming to eat or drink in the pub then give us a ring to book a table.
If you would like to update us on how our local business will be operating in the run-up to and during lockdown, please email Francesca Evans on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07810 221 420.