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7th Jul, 2022

Another bar in Stratford closes its doors

A BAR in Stratford is closing its doors after trade failed to pick up following a licence suspension imposed by council chiefs.

Stratford District Council Licensing Panel took action against Union Bar on Guild Street last year after a review of licence requirements relating to public nuisance, public safety and crime and disorder.

Concerns had been raised by police, fire crews and environmental health.

The licence was suspended for two weeks after the licence-holder appealed against the original decision of a month.

The bar also agreed to employing a new premises supervisor, reducing hours for drinking and entertainment, the beer garden to be closed from 11pm and installing a noise limiter.

A message from staff on Facebook read: “Sadly the time has come for the sun to set on Union Bar.

“Due to the unfortunate events of last year, we feel that the bar has been unable to recover since regaining our licence. It is with a heavy heart that we have decide this will be the last week Union Bar will be opening its doors.

“It’s been a great three years, and we have shared a lot wonderful memories with you.

“Our staff will be relocated to our other venues while we look at how we can move forward.”

The post was met with a number of comments from disgruntled patrons, some who described the move as ‘another lamb to the Stratford nightlife slaughter’.

One wrote: “Stratford town should be ashamed, literally nowhere to go, and all the best places we have to be herded inside like children by 11.”

It joins other late opening bars in the town which have closed, including Chicago Rock, Boathouse and Bar M.

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