Local landmark The Royal Oak, Harlesden, has announced its closure. The pub posted a notice today saying:
We are extremely sorry to inform you that we are closing The Royal Oak. Having invested so heavily in this wonderful pub in the centre of Harlesden we have reached a point where we simply cannot continue to sustain the losses we are incurring.Reaction on Twitter was shocked with many expressions of sadness at the news. On Facebook the closure stimulated a discussion about gastro pubs, gentrification and much more. LINK
For several months now it has cost us more to operate the pub than it costs to keep it closed. This is no doubt heart-nreaking. not only for the good people of Harlesden who have supported us, but for us as a company because this really is one of the ost beautiful pubs and we have invsted a lot of time and energy in trying to make it work.
So thanks to those who supported us - sorry we just couldn't make it work for us all...
It is not clear yet whether the pub will be put on the market. It may become a test case for Brent Council's Pub Protection Policy.
This was the pub's website today: