Brewery to close two pubs

The Ship in Castletown

The Ship in Castletown

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Two of the island’s pubs are to close.

Heron and Brearley is to close The Ship, in Castletown, and The Britannia, in Ramsey, from Saturday, February 1.

Estates director Steven Taylor said: ‘It is always sad to see any pub closed. Compared to the UK, where pub closures are currently up 50 per cent to 26 a week, the island has proven quite resilient.

‘However, trading for these pubs has been tough for some time and so the difficult decision has been made to close them.’

Although the market for pubs all over the UK is changing, Mr Taylor remains confident for the island’s industry as a whole.

‘Across the British Isles, people are going out to drink less often. As such, our focus is on listening to our customers and, where our pubs enjoy a loyal following, we are making investments in both cost-effective refurbishments and improvements to our offer,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘Our customers in Ramsey and Castletown continue to enjoy a great choice of venues but nevertheless, when any pub closes, jobs are lost and the whole community loses an important aspect of its heritage and culture,’ Mr Taylor added.

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