A LANDMARK pub in South Tyneside has closed its doors after a publican decided to cease trading, it has emerged.
The Simonside Arms in Newcastle Road, South Shields, is one of the borough’s largest and most prominent watering holes.
It is also a landmark building for motorists heading into and out of South Shields.
Now the pub is shut with a sign on the front door of the premises stating it is “closed until further notice”.
A spokesman for the owners, the Enterprise pub chain, pledged it would be trading again at the “earliest possible opportunity”.
Only last month the Gazette revealed that the pub’s tenancy was up for grabs – at the cost of £19,000 a year.
The Enterprise spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Simonside Arms has closed following the publican’s decision to cease trading.
“But we can assure customers in South Shields that it is our intention to resume trading at the earliest possible opportunity.”
The spokesman said the company was now seeking “a suitable publican” to take over the reigns.
Enterprise pub chain also recently made available the tenancy at The Grey Hen in Temple Park Road, South Shields, and The Clock in Victoria Road East, Hebburn,
The past few years has proved tough for the licensed trade in the borough.
Earlier this year the Gazette revealed that the West Park pub, in Stanhope Road, South Shields, was to be converted into a Sainsbury’s Local outlet.