Henleaze mourns loss of Eastfield Inn
Henleaze Road pub, The Eastfield Inn, will not be reopening in the near future.
Licensees Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton announced the closure on March 18 on their Facebook page stating that: “The past year has had its obvious challenges, but despite these, the difficulties have been mounting up for a while, and we can no longer continue with a business that is not financially viable.
“Since being told we’re crazy, and it’ll never succeed 9 years ago, we’ve simply just tried to give the area a pub that the local people can call their own. There’s always things we could do better, but we’re proud that we managed to turn the almost disused building into a thriving multi purpose local community hub, and we hope that the local people have enjoyed using the pub as a meeting place for friends, family, and the many community groups that we have opened our doors to and allowed to use the building for so many reasons over the years.
“Despite all the emotional attachment to running your local pub, the time comes when the business must provide for your family.”
Expenses have more than doubled over the time Graham and Sharon have been at the pub, and without some major investment, they believe that the income simply won’t stay ahead of these costs any more.
Following a £230k refurbishment the pub was transformed when Graham and Sharon took it over in 2013. The formerly run-down property became a thriving community local, enjoyable for all generations, with a lovely outdoor playspace for children and was named the most family-friendly pub in the country.
For now, Graham and Sharon are concentrating on their other business, running The Crafty Cow in Horfield, which will reopen on April 12.
Graham and Sharon added: “We’ve had our fair share of drama, countless great times, and even managed to have two children during our time at the pub. However, all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to learn from our experience and move on from what will be the most unforgettable one of our lives so far. We would like to express a huge heartfelt thank you to all the people who have supported us so much over the years, and helped us make the many many memories we will cherish forever.”
Henleaze and Westbury residents expressed gratitude for the ‘happy memories’ they have enjoyed at the pub, the support given for choirs and community groups and their sympathy for the situation the couple are in.