Wetherspoons staff 'sadly announce' pub closure earlier than planned – exact date for last orders revealed | The Sun
11th September 2023

WETHERSPOONS has "sadly announced" the closure of one of its boozers – and it's earlier than originally planned.

The Widow Frost in Mansfield had told customers it would be pulling its final pints on September 22.

But a spokesperson for the chain has since confirmed it will now be closing its doors on September 17 – five days earlier than planned.

A note on the boozer's bar reads: "We sadly announce that The Widow Frost is now closing on September 17, 2023.

"We are all hoping but not promising to see you all round at The Stag and Pheasant."

The Stag and Pheasant is another Spoons pub in Clumber Street, Mansfield.

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Local residents have been taking to Facebook to share their dismay at the closure of the pub.

One said: "This is so sad," while another said: "It's not a bad pub really, never had a bad experience in the past."

A third added: "We've had some blinding times in there, always loved that pub."

A spokesperson for Wetherspoons previously told local news website The Chad there won't be any redundancies and staff will be transferred to nearby pubs in Mansfield, Workshop, Sutton or Kirkby.

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They added: "We believe the premises will be closed for four, or so, months before being opened by the new owner, but we cannot confirm these details."

The Widow Frost was one of 32 Wetherspoons put up for sale last September.

The chain recently confirmed it had closed 29 of them, with a dozen more up for sale still. This is the full list of pubs closing:

  • Barnsley – Silkstone Inn
  • Beaconsfield – Hope & Champion
  • Bexleyheath – Wrong ‘Un
  • Bournemouth – Christopher Creeke
  • Cheltenham – Bank House
  • Durham – Water House
  • Halifax – Percy Shaw
  • Hanham – Jolly Sailor
  • Harrow – Moon on the Hill
  • Hove – Cliftonville Inn
  • London Battersea – Asparagus
  • London East Ham – Miller's Well
  • London Eltham – Bankers Draft
  • London Forest Gate – Hudson Bay
  • London Forest Hill – Capitol
  • London Hornsey – Toll Gate
  • London Holborn – Penderel's Oak
  • London Islington – Angel
  • London Palmers Green – Alfred Herring
  • Loughborough – Moon & Bell
  • Loughton – Last Post
  • Mansfield – Widow Frost
  • Middlesbrough – Resolution
  • Purley – Foxley Hatch
  • Redditch – Rising Sun
  • Sevenoaks – Sennockian
  • Southampton – Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis
  • Stafford – Butler's Bell
  • Watford – Colombia Press
  • West Bromwich – Billiard Hall
  • Willenhall – Malthouse
  • Wirral – John Masefield

Wetherspoons also recently axed plans to open over half a dozen new pubs after buying up new sites.

The chain also cancelled plans for a new site in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, too.

This is the full list of pubs put back up for sale and no longer becoming Wetherspoons pubs:

  • Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol
  • St Mary's Street, Ely
  • Hamilton Road, Felixstowe
  • Former Baird's department store, Duke Street, Hamilton
  • Soul Store, Kilburn High Road, London
  • Former Tusk nightclub and Waverley Tea Rooms, Moss-Side Road, Glasgow
  • Sant'Angelo, High Street, Wetherby
  • Grape and Grain, Crystal Palace, London

The Grape and Grain was formerly a Wetherspoons pub before closing six years ago.

The chain has been opening branches as well closing them though, pulling up the shutters on three in the past 12 months.

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Wetherspoon was founded in 1979, opening its first pub in Muswell Hill, London.

Today, the chain runs more than 800 pubs in the UK and Ireland and employs around 40,000 people.

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