PEOPLE living in Cowbit are to receive another blow tomorrow when the only pub in the village closes.
The end of Ye Olde Dun Cow follows the closure in January of the village shop, Post Office and garage.
Dick and Fiona Morgan have been forced to take the decision to shut the pub they have run for eight years because of increasingly difficult trading conditions.
“For the last two years we have been going skint trying to keep it open and eventually you have to call it a day,” said Dick, who blames the availability of cheap alcohol, the smoking ban and the A16 bypass for his demise.
He said: “We are really disappointed to be closing down.
“It’s a family home as well as a pub. It is closing and I have no idea of what is going to happen in terms of the pub, but it will be shut.
“It’s sad for the village because it lost the other services in January and now it has lost its pub. There is nothing in terms of shopping.”
The couple were disappointed with the response for extra signage made to Lincolnshire Highways on their behalf by MP John Hayes. They were advised to talk to a local farmer about putting up a banner in a field, rather than being offered a proper sign.
Dick and Fiona created a family pub at Ye Olde Dun Cow and a “destination venue for good food”, according to Dick who does the cooking while Fiona is front of house.
That, plus the popular tug-of-war day, is something they hope will prove more popular at their next venture, The Ship Inn, in the larger village of Pinchbeck.
Dick said: “We would like to thank all our regular customers for their support over the years.”