Popular Leeds village pub closes down due to 'high running costs'

PIC: Tony Johnson
PIC: Tony Johnson

The landlord of a village pub has announced that it will shut due to 'unsustainable' costs.

Danny Littlewood made the emotional statement on The Owl Inn at Rodley's Facebook page on Saturday.

Pub review: The Owl at Rodley

The pub, which enjoys a peaceful location close to the Leeds Liverpool Canal, is owned by Enterprise Inns.

Back in 2013 it closed following a dispute between the owners and a previous landlord, and re-opened a year later after a £300,000 refurbishment.

Danny's message read: "It is with deep sadness that I announce the The Owl Rodley will be closing as of Sunday night. Due to a culmination of different issues, primarily the high running costs which are no longer sustainable, I have unfortunately been left with no other option. I am devastated that it has come to this, and I would like all of our loyal customers to know that this is not a decision that has been taken lightly. I would like to say a big thank you to all of of our customers, neighbours and friends for the support you have given us and for making my time in Rodley a good one, to my staff for all of their hard work, and to Laura for her integral role in the re-launch of The Owl. I hope that you can call in and see us all for a goodbye drink tomorrow or to enjoy our fantastic traditional Sunday roast for the last time. On behalf of myself and the team it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you all again for your support."