A landmark Rodley pub has closed its doors after its landlord admitted it was no longer sustainable.
The Owl Inn, based in the heart of Rodley, closed in 2013 due to a dispute between the owners Enterprise Inns and a previous landlord. It re-opened a year later after a £300,000 refurbishment.
Landlord Danny Littlewood posted news of the shock closure on the pub’s Facebook page on Saturday. He said:
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the The Owl Rodley will be closing as of Sunday night.
“Due to a culmination of different issues, primarily the high running costs which are no longer sustainable, I have unfortunately been left with no other option.
“I am devastated that it has come to this, and I would like all of our loyal customers to know that this is not a decision that has been taken lightly.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all of of our customers, neighbours and friends for the support you have given us and for making my time in Rodley a good one, to my staff for all of their hard work, and to Laura for her integral role in the re-launch of The Owl.
“On behalf of myself & the team it’s time to say good bye. Thank you all again for your support.”
The decision has been met with sadness on Facebook. Deb Manktelow posted:
“So sorry to hear this, had some fantastic meals in The Owl, it’s so sad another pub has to go … wishing you all the best, Deb & Sharon x”
Nikki Coates added:
“So sad for you guys. Whilst I’ve not been in for a while due to health reasons, I spent many happy memories with my partner and kids before we lost him. My heart goes out to you x”
And Scarlett Keeley Scales added:
“No way! But that’s exactly why we had to give up on Ringway pub in Horsforth!!! The expense just wasn’t viable x”