Lease costs force landlords to close pub

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JOINT landlords at The Oak pub in Tickhill, Doncaster, have called a reluctant last orders for the final time - after being unable to agree an affordable new lease with their brewery.

Tickhill residents Ted Elliott and Tony Charlesworth have been hosts at the Northgate public house, formerly called The Royal Oak, for the past nine years.

Mr Elliott, who previously ran The Traveller’s Rest on Westgate, said: “We have been discussing a new lease with owners Enterprise Inns since last April but were unable to agree terms as the costs were totally unreal.

“We were left with no alternative but to close down. In the past few years we have spent £50,000 refurbishing inside and reproofing the building outside. There is no doubt we would have carried on running The Oak as we really enjoyed the job.”

Enterprise Inns are now advertising for a new tenant.

The closure has prompted a change of venue for a bonfire event organised by Tickhill and District Lions Club. It will now take place on Saturday from 5.30pm at Tickhill Cricket Club’s Alderson Drive ground, with free admission.