THE only gay bar in Salisbury has closed after just four months in business.

Truth Bar in Bridge Street began serving the LGBT community in September. But now Pete Collingwood-Trewin and his husband Grant, otherwise known as Lulu Delish, who took over the venue in October, have shut it down.

They blame a lack of a regular customers and an ongoing dispute with a neighbouring pub.

“We have created a community particularly for the LGBT+ people who could come and be themselves and feel safe in that environment,” Pete said.

“We are really sad that we have closed, and it is not something we have taken lightly but it is just not possible to continue.”

The owners have blamed the lack of a steady nightlife in the city for the bar’s downfall.

“It wasn’t consistently busy, we found it, particularly with the nightlife in Salisbury, that one week it be very busy then the next week it would be quiet.”

The bar was also due to go before Wiltshire Council’s licensing committee later this month following complaints from neighbour JD Wetherspoon.

In a post on the council’s website, The King’s Head Inn stated that there had been persistent noise disturbance from Truth which it “failed to remedy on a voluntary basis”.

Pete said: “It is frustrating but I understand because if we were to stay I wouldn’t want to be kept awake listening to music, but we said we would turn down the music.”

In the months before its closure, Truth had begun to move revellers to its basement dance floor when club nights would roll into the early hours to avoid disturbing other premises.

“It’s a difficult situation, we are a nightclub that is open till around 2am and we share a building where they have got rooms – the two don’t go together.”

Pete said he believed the bar could end up with reduced opening hours. It is expected that there will be LGBT nights at Kandi Lounge from February.