Wetherspoons closes grandest pub in London with 11 more to go this autumn

The national chain, JD Wetherspoon was established in 1979 and operates a range of “award-winning” pubs and hotels across the whole of the UK and Ireland.

But fans of the famously cheap pub chain could have to bid farewell to their local this autumn.

A total of 11 “Spoons” sites will cease trading this autumn, some after decades of business and others just a few years after opening.

It comes as part of a new wave of closures planned by the company to streamline its portfolio of pubs.

A long list of Wetherspoons sites have already closed their doors this year, the most recent of which was one coined the “grandest” Wetherspoons in London.

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The Capitol in Forest Hill took last orders for the final time on Sunday, October 15 after JD Wetherspoon made the “commercial decision” to close the site.

Located at the former Capitol cinema, the iconic bar was described as a “rare survival” of a complete 1920s art deco picture house.

Fans of the chain took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their thoughts on the closure. One person wrote that the South East London pub was “impressive” while another opined: “The prettiest maybe but most definitely the grandest Wetherspoons in London. The Capitol in Forest Hill.”

The memorable pub will soon be joined by 11 more sites which will exit the high street this side of Christmas.

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Wetherspoons pubs closing in 2023:

  • The Pontlottyn, Abertillery
  • The Ivor Davies, Cardiff
  • Spa Lane Vaults, Chesterfield
  • The Gate House, Doncaster
  • The Market Cross, Holywell
  • The Regent, Kirkby in Ashfield
  • The Mockbeggar Hall, Moreton
  • The Hain Line, St Ives
  • The Sir Norman Rae, Shipley
  • The Sir Daniel Arms, Swindon
  • The White Hart, Todmorden

Last year, the owner of the pub chain Tim Martin announced that 32 chains would be closing down after struggling with rising running costs and relentless inflation rates.

It’s not all bad news though. The chain has still opened a few new sites and now boasts 822 branches across the UK.

In Ireland, however, the UK-headquartered pub giant, JD Wetherspoon, is seeking a buyer for its regional portfolio.

According to the Irish Times, the company’s premises in Cork, Waterford, Galway and Carlow are being offered for sale in one or separate lots. The entire portfolio is guided at 10 million euros (£8.6million).

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