The Horns in Watford has permanently closed following a long battle of financial struggle.
The live music venue’s lease was set to run out this month, but owners were unable to keep it afloat.
Over the years, they have been up against Covid-19, the rise in energy bills, and a change in people’s habits, making it “unsustainable” to go any longer.
They shared the bad news in a Facebook post, which received hundreds of comments from sad locals.
The team wrote: “I was really fighting a losing battle, I’m so sorry to each and every one of you. I’m completely heartbroken. Thank you for your support.”
One person commented: “Still in disbelief and overwhelmed with emotions. So gutted to hear about this sad news. It has been our favourite pub for many years.”
Another wrote: “Devastated for you all. So very saddened to hear this. I know how much you’ve been through to keep things going but things beyond your control have brought this on.”
The venue has assured that any sold tickets will be refunded. Some of the acts that were set to play this month included Bears in Trees, Jamie Lenman and Free State Revolution.
The Horns has been an important part of Watford for the last 21 years after Licensees Pam & Dennis Cook took over in 2001. They showed over six gigs every week.
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