Owners call time at the bar at town centre alehouse

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THE first new brewery in central Doncaster for 20 years has closed after just a year in operation.

Bosses at Toad Brewery have confirmed their site near the Keepmoat Stadium has shut down.

But a pub which was set up in connection with the project, Cask Corner in Cleveland Street, is still operating.

The closure has seen five staff at the brewery lose their jobs, although two will transfer to jobs at Cask Corner.

Marc Jones, who was manager at Toad, declined to go into details about why the brewery had closed, but rumours of financial problems at the site had been circulating among real ale enthusiasts.

Toad was one of the main pre-match watering holes for Doncaster Rovers fans before home games, after bosses at the brewery opened a match day bar at the venue.

Mr Jones said: “People are gutted about Toad closing. We’ve got a few casks of the beer left at Cask Corner, but when they run out that will be it.

“One of the customers at Cask Corner asked where Rovers fans would be able to go on match days now.

“Toad was running for just over a year, and we were told it was the first brewery in central Doncaster for 20 years.”

The closure has also been greeted with disappointment by members of the real ale support group CAMRA.

Martin Clark, who edits the organisation’s Doncaster newsletter, Donny Drinker, said: “Obviously CAMRA members will be saddened by this.

“It is breaking the trend because most small breweries manage to carve a niche out for themselves and keep going. “If you look in the Good Beer Guide, there are more and more of these in there each year, despite the economic conditions.

“My understanding was that the bar at the brewery was well attended by Rovers fans on match days.

“It was something different and it had been very well promoted across Doncaster.”