Last orders have been called at two of South Holland’s pubs, leaving Whaplode and Lutton without a local.
Doors have closed at The Lamb and Flag where publicans Mick and Michelle Allen, who ran it for around eight years, had built a reputation for the Whaplode pub as a home to thriving darts and pool teams.
The Allens haven’t commented on their reasons for closing.
Sally and Rob Stutely-Brown have put Lutton’s Jolly Crispin on the market after buying the pub last September.
Sally said they had “thrown money” at the business since they moved in but they didn’t get the level of customer support they had anticipated.
She said her husband had previously worked for motor factor Andrew Page in Boston and had returned to the company to work in King’s Lynn.
Sally had previously lived in Long Sutton and had worked in pubs for many years, including a spell as manageress at the Riverside in Sutton Bridge.
She said the couple were disappointed to close.
The family will remain living at the pub until it sells.
Mick Allen had saved The Lamb and Flag when he heard the pub that was home to his darts team was closing down.
Five years later, in October 2013, the pub had a superleague darts team on Sundays and Mondays, a ladies’ team on Tuesdays and three teams on Fridays.
At that time it was just starting in-house pool with three pool teams on Thursdays and a Sunday pool team about to launch.
South Holland district councillor Mike Pullen hopes someone will take over The Lamb and Flag and breathe new life into it because the nearest pub for Whaplode residents now is in Moulton.
He said: “We desperately need a drinking establishment of some sort within the village.”