A restaurant in a rural village in the Midlands has been forced to shut due to soaring costs. The Leaking Well, a pub, hotel and restaurant located on the A449 in Dunhampton, confirmed the closure in a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday, November 22.
“We are grateful to all our loyal and lovely customers over the years and wish you all the best. Merry Christmas and hope the New Year brings us some happier times.”
The announcement was met with shock and sadness from loyal customers, with Lisa New writing: “So sad, the best food around, so happy that the other week we got such a great Sunday meal, really going to miss The Leaking Well.”
Sally Rowberry said: “Oh what a flipping shame…we have eaten with you many, many times. Always fantastic food and friendly service. All the very best to you all.”
Ahad Miah added: “It’s really sad to see business is going down due to cost of running. We run the restaurant next door, sad for losing good neighbour.”
“Always had such fantastic meals and great service,” Melanie Brooke said. “Such a shame.”
The West Midlands has lost several beloved restaurants in recent times as thousands of businesses across the country struggle to stay afloat. The previous few months have already seen the closure of several eateries, including Pulperia in Birmingham city centre, La Brasserie in Kidderminster and Mighty Bite café in Stirchley.
Several of these restaurants’ owners have previously spoke out about the difficult economic conditions they currently face and the impact of factors such as Covid, changes in dining habits and the energy crisis. The past month or so has seen further losses from the region’s dining scene, including a Michelin-starred Peel’s in Solihull restaurant and Otto Pizza’s restaurants in Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield.
Earlier in November, the owners of Burgerr Off in Redditch confirmed the restaurant was closing down, saying they had decided to shut it for good due to soaring costs. A statement on Facebook read: “Yes, you will say we are mad because of how busy we always are but with the current situation of everything going up in price like mad every week, we have decided to quit while we can.”