THE boss at The Farm @ Friday Street pub is devastated it won’t be reopening.

Brian Whiting says: ‘It breaks my heart.’

He said: “It will come as no surprise that during this past year the hospitality sector has endured a torrid time as a result of the pandemic and the forced closure for 3½ months.

“There has been help to a degree from the Government but sadly this doesn’t go anywhere near the expenses that needed to be covered.

“On the back of a very good winter and high hopes for the year ahead, on 20th March we were forced to close the business by the Government.

“It was clear from the restrictions that on the 4th July it would not be possible for us to open all of our pubs so we picked the four which we believed would survive under the new Covid regulations hoping to make enough money to open the remaining sites.

“Sadly, not for the lack of trying and the continuing added Covid restrictions like the 10pm curfew this has not been possible, unfortunately on the 30th September 2020, we called in the Administrators.

“It breaks my heart to say that The Farm @ Friday Street, will not be opening under its current owner Whiting and Hammond.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers, fantastic suppliers and most of all the staff for their support over the years.

“I know the Landlord is looking for a new operator for the pub and I send all our best wishes and hope they will be successful in turning the closed business around.”