January 8 2020

The Bath Pub Company calls time at The Chequers

The Bath Pub Company has announced it has turned down the offer of a new lease at The Chequers (Rivers Street, Bath) and plans to cease trading there from Monday 27 January 2020.

Our lease is up for renewal and, following a review of the business, we’ve concluded that the size and location of The Chequers site doesn’t fit with our plans for future growth of the company,” says Bath Pub Company Managing Director Joe Cussens. “So, after 10 great years, we’ve taken the decision to cease trading at The Chequers later this month.” Joe went on to say: “We’ve enjoyed some great times over the years at The Chequers, some of the highlights being winning a Bath Life Award, Bath Good Food Awards, Trencherman’s Awards and receiving a glowing review from Giles Coran in The Times. And 2019 has seen our best year ever for customer satisfaction, so it’s great to be going out on a high.”

Sad though the news is, Joe was also keen to share a reason to be cheerful: “The sadness of losing this much-loved site is being offset by the excitement at the prospect of opening a new site in the spring; plans for this development are at an advanced stage and we hope to make a formal announcement in the near future.”

Meanwhile, the company has started consultations with staff and expects to be able to offer most – if not all of them – positions within the BPC’s other pubs: The Marlborough Tavern, The Hare and Hounds and The Locksbrook Inn.

I’d like to thank all our customers for their support over the years – and of course, all the wonderful, talented people who have worked with us here,” says Joe. “It’ll be sad to say goodbye to The Chequers, but we’re looking forward to using these last few weeks as a chance to say goodbye to our customers and treating them to some fantastic Chequers hospitality one last time.”

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