Hull's Minerva pub forced to close after Freedom Festival blow
AN HISTORIC city pub has closed its doors after being forced to shut on one of the busiest weekends of the year.
The Minerva Pub in Nelson Street has been serving punters for more than two centuries but faced problems during Freedom Festival weekend.
Landlord Phil Daly had to close the well-known watering hole after being unable to trade due to a licensing glitch.
He was expected to make between £25,000 and £40,000 when visitors flocked to Hull Marina but licensing officers found its premises licence had expired.
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Now, Mr Daly has announced to regulars on Facebook that the pub has closed permanently and said he is hoping to take on another bar in the city.
He said: "We pay £40,000 in rent a year, so takings from Freedom Festival would have looked after us and seen us through the winter."
He was unsure whether the pub would survive and said the loss would have a "big impact" on the business.
Now, his worst fears have been realised and they have had to shut due to lack of trade.
Mr Daly, who has worked in the pub trade for more than 20 years, took over at the Minerva three years ago and said due to its location on Hull Marina business is "very seasonal".
Kayleigh Cheyne works behind the bar at the nearby Green Bricks Pub in Humber Dock Street.
She said it was a "huge shame" that staff at the Minerva had been forced to call it a day.
"We had quite a few regulars in the pub who fluttered between the two and I heard that it had closed," she said.
"I don't think it will affect us but it's a shame for the area and for people who liked drinking in there.
"Rent is really expensive on the marina and I do think the takings from Freedom Festival have helped us to stay open throughout the winter months.
"This is a place people come during the summer but we do have a nice winter menu and a lot to offer."
Mr Daly said they missed out on Freedom Festival after failing to fill in part of a licensing form.
Stewart Campbell, an activist for the Campaign For Real Ale in East Yorkshire, said: "It's such a pity the pub has closed, I used to work there back when it was really busy.
"It's a focal part of the Marina and I think it might affect other businesses in the area. But it's a historic and well-known pub in the city and I think there will be interest in it."