Another country pub closes


Duntroon Tavern joins the growing list of country pubs which have closed or are going to close:

Duntroon is to lose its community hub as building regulations are forcing the closure of the village’s tavern tomorrow, the publicans say.
Duntroon is not alone. Other towns in North Otago also have pubs with uncertain futures. Hampden, Omarama, Kurow and Enfield all have pubs up for sale.

Duntroon publican Sandy Annan said the watering hole’s landlord was sent a letter by the Waitaki District Council’s lawyer stating that if the first floor of the Duntroon Tavern was still occupied by December 19, the council would start court proceedings. . . 

Duntroon is on the Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) cycleway which brings thousands of people past its door.

There is already a shortage of accommodation, eating places, watering holes and loos on the route.

But that’s not enough to keep the pub open.

Buidling regulations, tougher drink-driving laws, a wider variety of alternative options, difficulty recruiting and retaining staff . . .

All of these and more have made running, and making a profit from, country pubs too difficult.


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