Shock as Berkeley Hotel closes suddenly and locks changed

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Jan 2019

One of Scunthorpe's best known pubs has closed its doors unexpectedly.

Locks on the doors of The Berkeley Hotel have been changed and there is no sign of staff.

A handwritten sign reading simply 'Closed' has appeared on the front door.

The art deco pub on Berkeley Circle is one of the town's oldest and is very popular with Scunthorpe Unitedfans on match days at nearby Glanford Park.

Locals to the pub reported that the the sign appeared on the pub door on Monday afternoon.

The Berkeley Hotel is closed

Locks on the pub's main doors also appear to have been removed and replaced with new locks.

One former pub visitor said: "There was no warning, I just turned up and the doors were locked. Times are hard for pubs but it was quite a popular place and United fans used to pack it out on match days before and after games.

"It's a real shock. I hope this doesn't mean to say it's closed for good."

Booking for rooms through the Samuel Smith's Brewery website has also been suspended, with a message reading: "Online booking temporarily unavailable."

The brewery has been contacted regarding its sudden closure, but have not yet responded to Scunthorpe Live. It is owned by the Samuel Smith Brewery based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which operates around 200 pubs nationally.

The pubs are known for not having live music or TVs and having Victorian architecture and fittings.

This sign appeared on the hotel yesterday afternoon (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

The pub is also a bed and breakfast which boasts wi-fi and en-suite rooms.

The hotel is a Grade II listed building thanks to its architecture, Art Deco interior and the lack of alternations made over the years.

It is named after Sir Berkeley Sheffield, the first Charter Mayor of Scunthorpe.

On the Samuel Smith website says of the pub: "Built in 1940, the Berkeley Hotel is an unspoilt art deco pub with bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Scunthorpe.

The locks on the hotel door appear to have been changed (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

"The hotel is named after Sir Berkeley Sheffield, Baronet, who was the first Charter Mayor of Scunthorpe. The hotel has a comfortable lounge, a games room, a dining room and a large function room. The hotel was given a Grade 2 listing by Historic England in 2015 owing to its architectural quality, high quality classical and Art Deco interior and the fact that is survives largely unaltered."

It has a 3.9 'Good' rating from customers on Google. One recent review says: 'Lovely hotel. Managers brilliant and very loyal to the Sam Smith current generation ethos.' Another customer reports: 'A lovely old style Hotel with pub. The rooms were bright and charming.'

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