TWO more pubs appear to have fallen foul of the economic crisis.
The White Swan at Dogley Bar near Kirkburton and the Forester’s Arms at Lower Cumberworth have closed.
Both pubs are owned by Enterprise Inns and have previously been at the centre of rows about running costs.
Last August, then managers of the White Swan, Alan and Elaine Jarvis, told The Examiner, Enterprise Inns had hiked rents by £5,000 a year.
The couple, who had run the Penistone Road pub for more than five years, said the cost of rent, barrels and insurance made it difficult for them to survive unless they charged punters almost £4 a pint.
Mr Jarvis claimed Enterprise Inns charged them £200 more per barrel of Carling or Tetley’s than what it would cost on the open market.
A few months later they relinquished the leasehold and new manager, Chris Barr, took over in December.
But Mr Barr, who had previously managed The Waterloo, only lasted a few months and the pub closed for a second time in early May.
Mr Barr could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, popular Lower Cumberworth pub, The Forester’s Arms, shut down earlier this month.
In 2008, then landlord John Galsworthy, said he was forced to close the pub, after losing £74,000.
Mr Galsworthy also blamed the Birmingham-based pub chain’s high costs.
Enterprise denied their fees were to blame and said they had offered Mr Galsworthy a number of deals to help keep the pub open – which he declined.
The Foresters was re-opened last August after being closed for a lengthy period.
A new young team moved in and transformed the pub into a top place to eat.
The pub was due to provide the bar at Cumberworth Carnival, which was cancelled due to the bad weather.
It is thought the financial backer of the latest team has pulled out and they are currently searching for new funding.