Dorset pub closes after £58,000 rise in utility costs

A PUB and bed and breakfast in Dorset had to close ‘with immediate effect’ – with soaring costs blamed on the decision.

The Fontmell in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, went out of business today as it is revealed utility bills alone have risen by £58,000.

Existing reservations for the guest room will be honored.

In an online statement, a spokesperson said: “It is with heavy hearts and great regret to say that The Fontmell will be closing with immediate effect other than to honor the guest room bookings we already have.

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“This is not a decision that was taken lightly and we would like to thank all of our guests for their support and help over the past six and a half years.

“Supplier prices have increased so much that we are no longer able to pass this cost on to our customers.

“Our public services alone have increased by an additional £58,000 a year.

“Until further notice and subject to the above condition regarding ongoing bookings, the building will remain closed.”

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Laura Barton, who had booked a table for Sunday lunch, said she was “disappointed” to hear the pub was closing.

She added: “I don’t think we can even understand what we will face in the future. Martin Lewis warned us that an iceberg was heading our way and now it is starting to happen.

“It’s a lovely pub and I think that’s what I’ve been able to pull off a successful pub in a fairly prosperous part of the country. For them to close what is expected to be a very busy weekend is quite concerning . »

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