|Ship Inn, Haskayne|
Closing pubs temporarily between licensees is a mistake, and it's certainly something that never happened years ago. The danger is that regulars will find somewhere else to go during the closure and not return when it reopens. I put it down to the fact that many pubs are run by property companies (called pub companies) with no real interest of the pub trade. Pubs are just cash cows and licensees there to be exploited, and if the pubcos decide a pub isn't viable after all, they usually have a valuable piece of land they can sell. Letting them take over our pubs after the Beer Orders of the late 1980s was like putting Herod in charge of the crèche.