REGULARS of a popular Isle of Wight pub were shocked to find it suddenly closed.
The White Lion at Arreton, run by Chris and Katie Cole for the last 12 years, shut this week.
first anyone knew anything was wrong was when a removal van appeared on
Monday," said Arreton Parish Council chairman, Cllr Mick Thirkettle.
was a real shock. There are lots of pubs where chefs come and go and
the quality of their food is variable but the White Lion’s food and
drink was reliably good and the licensees were popular members of the
"The pub was used by many groups as a meeting place."
is devastating, if not shocking, news," said chairman of the IW branch
of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) John Nicholson.
"Chris Cole was
a well-respected landlord in IW CAMRA, and The White Lion was a
featured pub in our lists of good real ale houses.
the circumstances that led to this sudden closure, I would say it is
very difficult these days to maintain a successful business and make a
living under the large chain regime and the ridiculous rents that are
brandished about, a concern raised recently in the House of Commons.
funny how so many pubs and landlords with difficulties, manage to
flourish if they can find independence, and whatever is behind the White
Lion situation, nobody could have done a better job, or tried harder,
The White Lion is owned by the national Enterprise Inns group.
A spokesman said: "We can confirm the White Lion has ceased trading following the publicans’ decision to close their business.
"We would like to reassure local residents we are working to reinstate the White Lion as soon as possible."