In operation since the 8th century: England's oldest pub closes

 Active since 8th century: England's oldest pub closes

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, a historic pub in St Albans that claims to be England's oldest pub, is closing.

Mirror reports.

The pub faces uncertainty over rising costs, higher taxes and a “devastating” the impact of the pandemic. All this led to the fact that the pub fell under the insolvency law, when the company cannot pay its debts. In this case, the management of the company is replaced by an arbitration manager.

Mitchells and Butlers, the owner of the pub, is negotiating whether the establishment will be reopened. According to the BBC, the pub will reopen with new management.

The Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub is believed to have started operating in 793, and was renamed after the late 19th and early In the 20th century, cockfights were held in the main bar. The pub is the oldest in England, according to the Guinness Book of Records, although others dispute this claim.

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