Two Berkhamsted venues revealed last month that they would be closing their doors.
Historic pub The Lamb and modern bar and brassiere Copper House both made announcements within weeks of one another.
Located in the Grade II listed Berkhamsted Town Hall, Copper House has had a busy past. Some residents still refer to the bar as “where Carluccio’s used to be”, or even, for more long-standing members of the community, “the old Caffé Uno building”.
The bar released a statement in January that stated it was “pressing the pause button”.
It read: “To our wonderful customers, friends, suppliers and colleagues, Copper House is for now closing its doors and pausing for breath!
“With the outlook for 2023 continuing to have so many headwinds, we are stepping back, considering all of our options before deciding what next.
“We do hope to see you again at some point.”
While the future of Copper House appears to be up in the air, The Lamb has had a more final conclusion.
In 2018, The Lamb pub was renovated by new owners. The pub reopened for business in late 2019, just months before the first COVID-19 lockdown. The owners acknowledged that having to close so soon after opening set the venture on the back foot from the beginning.
On January 9, The Lamb owners announced: “With a heavy heart, we are sad to announce that we will not be reopening The Lamb’s doors again. With the compound impact of COVID-19, Brexit and rising cost of living, we can no longer continue to trade.
“We are thankful for all the customers and patrons who have supported us over the last three years.
“To any staff that have worked for us over the last three years – thank you. You’ve been the best!”