New Doncaster pub owner whose opening date has been pushed back again and again still does not know when he can open

A Doncaster businessman planned to open his brand new pub in October this year but the string of changes to Covid-19 restrictions has meant the opening day has continued to be pushed further back.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 4:45 pm

The School House is a new pub in Arksey which was due to open last month is still sitting empty due to the second national lockdown.

Owner Dave Aldred has converted the 16th century, grade two listed building this year and said that he is confused by the government’s choice to ban hospitality in tier three areas.

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The School House, Arksey. Unable to open due to Tier Three restrictions.

“The second national lockdown obviously pushed that back and we still don’t know when we will be allowed to open.

“It’s just been chaos as a business owner and I don’t understand why hospitality has to remain closed.

Dave estimates that it will take five to six years for his businesses to return to the level they were at in March of 2020.

He owns a second bar named Champs which is located on Ecclesfield Road in Sheffield which he said has had to make significant changes to continue to operate.

“Yes we have been able to open for takeaways but when you sit down and drill the numbers it's not really worth it,” he said.

“We still have the rent plus gas, electric and water bills to pay.

“Some days it feels like looking at a long dark tunnel.”

Dave said that he will open The School House whenever government guidelines allow.

But as South Yorkshire will return to Tier Three on December 2 it doesn’t look like it will be likely in the near future.

The building has had a previous use as a post office but Dave hopes that the new pub can become a staple in the Arksey community.

Dave said: “We’re prepared for any eventuality no matter what Tier we’re in.”

He hopes to open the pub for takeaway drinks and food in Christmas week if able to do so.

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