Covid hit pubs close before Christmas

Image above: notice on the door of the Roebuck on Chiswick High Rd

Several pubs in Chiswick have closed for Christmas, several days before the bank holiday which is normally their busiest time of the year.

The Roebuck put up a notice saying it would be closed from Tuesday 21 – Monday 27 December, despite having only opened their Alpine ski resort themed garden ‘Moose Hut bar’ only three weeks earlier.

The Old Packhorse is closed until 27 December, because so many staff are isolating because of Covid. The Lamb was closed at 4pm on Monday and the Crown & Anchor was also dark.

D Grande are also closed for the festive break, with a slightly vague notice on their website saying: ‘We’ll look forward to welcoming you back soon”.

As Covid figures have risen sharply in London, topping 100,000 new cases on Thursday 23 December, it has disproportionately affected young people, the age demographic of most bar staff.

Ben Bullman at George IV told us it had decimated his team but they were determined to stay open.

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