Jobs lost as pubs’ landlords call time

The Ship Inn at Burcombe

The Ship Inn at Burcombe

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TWO pubs near Salisbury have closed, with the landlords blaming a lack of help from pub company Enterprise Inns throughout the recession.

The Ship Inn at Burcombe and The Bridge at Upper Woodford, which were both run by Neill and Sev Kefford, closed on Monday.

Twenty people have lost their jobs as a result.

“It’s sad it has come to this,”

said Mrs Kefford. “We hung on for eight years at The Bridge and 12 years at The Ship but ran out of steam. We have had no help whatsoever through the recession, they didn’t lower our rent and they wanted to put the rent up at The Bridge. If our landlords had helped, we would still be there.”

Mr and Mrs Kefford said road works in and around Wilton over the summer caused business at The Ship to suffer.

Wiltshire Council has also not helped us with anything,” said Mrs Kefford. “The road works in the last two weeks of August meant we hardly saw anyone in The Ship in the evenings.

“We would like to thank our staff and our faithful customers over the years.”

Nobody was available to comment for Enterprise Inns.

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8:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Two of the best pubs in the area!

How terribly sad for all concerned.
Two of the best pubs in the area! How terribly sad for all concerned. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 9

10:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

MarkKW says...

Its about time we launched a campaign nationally to boycott all Enterprise Inns for one weekend and then maybe they can experience the feeling of no hope and being bullied!!!
Its about time we launched a campaign nationally to boycott all Enterprise Inns for one weekend and then maybe they can experience the feeling of no hope and being bullied!!! MarkKW
  • Score: 12

12:54pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Steve in the USA says...

We have been coming to Amesbury for over twenty years as both my Mum and brother lived there. On every visit we always went to "The Bridge" in the Woodford valley, many times as it was out favorite and the BEST pub in the area. The food was excellent and we were always treated well. From the article I read on-line this morning, seems we all are feeling the same kind of issues with "Big Business" and others who think they know best. It is a terrible shame and this is one family from both Amesbury and the USA, who will miss "The Bridge".
We have been coming to Amesbury for over twenty years as both my Mum and brother lived there. On every visit we always went to "The Bridge" in the Woodford valley, many times as it was out favorite and the BEST pub in the area. The food was excellent and we were always treated well. From the article I read on-line this morning, seems we all are feeling the same kind of issues with "Big Business" and others who think they know best. It is a terrible shame and this is one family from both Amesbury and the USA, who will miss "The Bridge". Steve in the USA
  • Score: 9

1:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

IanMcL says...

Enterprise inns....nuff said
Enterprise inns....nuff said IanMcL
  • Score: 11

4:59pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Seanevans says...

Yeh it was lovely the way staff found out they had lost there jobs by a TXT msg in the morning of the pubs closing!!! No thanks no nothing
Yeh it was lovely the way staff found out they had lost there jobs by a TXT msg in the morning of the pubs closing!!! No thanks no nothing Seanevans
  • Score: 12

5:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MarkKW says...

They screwed the landlords at the Black Horse for two years until they were on their knees and did similar - a social media campaign required.
They screwed the landlords at the Black Horse for two years until they were on their knees and did similar - a social media campaign required. MarkKW
  • Score: 7

5:39pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MarkKW says...

Steve in the USA wrote:
We have been coming to Amesbury for over twenty years as both my Mum and brother lived there. On every visit we always went to "The Bridge" in the Woodford valley, many times as it was out favorite and the BEST pub in the area. The food was excellent and we were always treated well. From the article I read on-line this morning, seems we all are feeling the same kind of issues with "Big Business" and others who think they know best. It is a terrible shame and this is one family from both Amesbury and the USA, who will miss "The Bridge".
They'll find a couple more suckers with a pot of cash to exploit and reduce the rent for a year so it will probably be open. I recommend the other pub a bit further on run by Hall & Woodhouse!!
[quote][p][bold]Steve in the USA[/bold] wrote: We have been coming to Amesbury for over twenty years as both my Mum and brother lived there. On every visit we always went to "The Bridge" in the Woodford valley, many times as it was out favorite and the BEST pub in the area. The food was excellent and we were always treated well. From the article I read on-line this morning, seems we all are feeling the same kind of issues with "Big Business" and others who think they know best. It is a terrible shame and this is one family from both Amesbury and the USA, who will miss "The Bridge".[/p][/quote]They'll find a couple more suckers with a pot of cash to exploit and reduce the rent for a year so it will probably be open. I recommend the other pub a bit further on run by Hall & Woodhouse!! MarkKW
  • Score: 10

9:40pm Sat 6 Sep 14

DIAF says...

Having recently bought a round at the Bridge Im amazed they couldn't turn a profit. Shocking!!
Having recently bought a round at the Bridge Im amazed they couldn't turn a profit. Shocking!! DIAF
  • Score: 6

1:30am Sun 7 Sep 14

Grampie says...

DIAF wrote:
Having recently bought a round at the Bridge Im amazed they couldn't turn a profit. Shocking!!
It is what the pub co wants as rents, and other issues, which, if the landlord could do much cheaper, they could, but their tenancy agreement are not permitted to do.

The very unacceptable side of capitalism
[quote][p][bold]DIAF[/bold] wrote: Having recently bought a round at the Bridge Im amazed they couldn't turn a profit. Shocking!![/p][/quote]It is what the pub co wants as rents, and other issues, which, if the landlord could do much cheaper, they could, but their tenancy agreement are not permitted to do. The very unacceptable side of capitalism Grampie
  • Score: 1

9:10pm Mon 8 Sep 14

aldonreaper says...

I feel sorry for the staff losing their jobs but I remember the bridge how it used to be,reasonable food prices and beer prices and a packed garden every weekend and busy during the week. too many pubs try to go upmarket and drive away the ordinary man in the street. I have eaten at the bridge and yes it was nice food but not worth the price paid i can get food at half the price elsewhere and still enjoy it
I feel sorry for the staff losing their jobs but I remember the bridge how it used to be,reasonable food prices and beer prices and a packed garden every weekend and busy during the week. too many pubs try to go upmarket and drive away the ordinary man in the street. I have eaten at the bridge and yes it was nice food but not worth the price paid i can get food at half the price elsewhere and still enjoy it aldonreaper
  • Score: 7
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