ONE of Wycombe’s oldest pubs has closed its doors for the final time today.
Time has been called on The Antelope by landlord Dave Burr, who cited the loss of Pure nightclub and the high rates charged by its pub company as the main reasons for its closure.
Punters have frequented the Grade II Listed building in Queen’s Square since at least the eighteenth century.
Mr Burr said: “It isn’t so much the money side of things but the emotional side, we’ve been here 12 years, but we just cannot compete with the big boys. It’s a sad day for us and for Wycombe.”
The 46-year-old added that he made sure enough money was on-site to pay his eight staff members before he pulled the plug.
But Mr Burr, who sold his house ten years ago to help finance the pub, said he and his partner had lost about £250,000 and he also faces the prospect of being chased by the banks for a further £100,000.
See Friday’s Bucks Free Press for more on this story.
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