I've not seen anything official to confirm this, but it looks as though the Albert on
Street is the latest pub to join the list of pub
closures in Southport. The last couple of
times I've walked past it, it has been closed, and other people have said the
same to me. There is, however, no notice in the window, and I've seen nothing
in the local papers or on local news websites.
The Albert was a real ale pub and also sometimes hosted live music; a jazz club was there a few years ago. It's advertised to let, and I'd have thought its location just across the road from the railway station would be a prime position, so let's hope the closure is temporary.
I remember when pubs didn't close down between licensees, and keeping the pub open during the changeover was a priority. Pub owners used to understand that if you let your regulars drift elsewhere, they may not come back when you reopen again. But modern pub companies don't seem to understand that. In my opinion, it's because to them, pubs are no more than retail outlets (or worse, just pieces of valuable land); the concept of the community pub is not one that matches their corporate thinking.