Sadness as another Sheffield pub falls victim to coronavirus pandemic

The stress of the coronavirus pandemic has led to another popular Sheffield pub closing its doors for good.

Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 11:47 am

The Walkley Cottage said it would close in November after the impact of the virus made running the Bole Hill pub ‘no longer financially viable’, despite businesses being given the green light to reopen on July 4.

A spokesperson made the announcement ‘with great sadness’, adding: “This has been such a hard decision to make and has not been made lightly.

"Our leaving date had not been agreed as of yet but will be around November. We would like to thank all our customers and staff for their support.”

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The Walkley Cottage on Bole Hill.

Regulars flocked to the pub’s Facebook page and left messages of support.

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Issy Howe said it was a ‘massive loss’ for the area. "So sorry for you guys too, such fab hosts, you ran a smashing pub,” she added.

Rachel Smallwood posted: “So sorry to hear this guys, you made such a wonderful impression on the place.”

Leyton Bracegirdle added: “Gutted about this. It was our favourite place to come for Sunday lunch for several years pre-lockdown.”

It comes after The Devonshire Cat on Wellington Street announced it would not reopen in June, describing the impact of Covid-19 as ‘devastating’.

Nearby live music venue and nightclub Corporation, based on Milton Street, warned more closures could be imminent unless Sheffield City Council take further action.

The Hillsborough Club on Bradfield Road closed permanently in April, warning that the ‘tsunami effect’ of the pandemic could wipe out many more small businesses across the city.

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