A LANDLORD has decided to shut his Barnstaple pub because of a lack of trade.
Julian Turner took the decision to close the Wrey Arms in Sticklepath yesterday.
Mr Turner, who also runs the Aggi in Braunton, took over the premises a year ago and had hoped to turn it into a thriving business.
He said: "Right across North Devon January has been pretty dire. We were losing money, so unfortunately I had to close the site.
"I spoke to fellow landlords who have really felt the pinch this winter. Entertainment and luxuries like going out for a beer is the last thing on people's minds at the moment.
"I still hold the tenancy agreement but I had to close as it was running at a loss. Hopefully someone will take it on but the pub might be close for a period of some time. We have a good, busy pub at the Aggi. I will concentrate on keeping this going."