Sheffield sister pub issues update on its future after Devonshire Cat’s closure

A Sheffield pub has paid tribute to The Devonshire Cat which has been forced to close due to the ‘devastating effects’ of the pandemic- plunging its own future into question.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 11:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 11:48 am

Yesterday the Abbeydale Brewery announced with ‘great sadness’ that its iconic pub, The Devonshire Cat on Wellington Street, would not return after lockdown due to a reduction in footfall.

Regulars in their hundreds expressed dismay and ‘heartbreak’ at the permanent closure of the pub, which opened its doors in 2001.

The beer company said it would be concentrating on its other pub, The Rising Sun at Nether Green, from now on.

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The Rising Sun (left) and The Devonshire Cat are both operated by the Abbeydale Brewery.

The Rising Sun has paid tribute to its sister pub on Facebook: “We’re devastated that our city centre venue, the Devonshire Cat, will not be re-opening.

“We will really miss it, and would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of their regulars in the future.”

A spokesperson for the Abbeydale Brewery said: ““This incredibly difficult decision is one we need to take to give both the brewery business and The Rising Sun the best chance of ensuring survival in these unprecedented times.

“We will miss the Devonshire Cat so much, and wish to thank all of our customers over the years for their amazing support.

“We are disappointed not to have the opportunity to have a proper goodbye but would love to see all of you up at The Rising Sun, which will continue to represent Abbeydale Brewery into the future.”

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