Parkway outlet 137 Distillery closes its doors for the final time due to Covid and cost-of-living crisis
An independent high street distillery has closed its doors permanently.
137 Distillery announced it would be closing on social media yesterday (Monday).
“If wealth could be gauged by love I am the wealthiest man alive,” owner Pete Lumber told the distillery’s social media followers.
He said with “great sadness and a heavy heart”, the business would be closing.
137 Distillery faced challenges post-Covid and, more recently, with the increasing cost-of-living crisis.
These challenges, he said, made it impossible for them to continue to trade.
“This message is one of the hardest I have had to write,” he added.
“I would like to send my love and thanks to every single one of you that has supported me over the last 11 years, both at The Newbury Pub, and more recently at 137 Eat Drink Distil.
“Being an independent business on the high street and in the hospitality industry is no longer viable for 137, as with many other businesses.
“If there is one thing that I would ask of you all it would be to please continue to support the independents out there.
“Independent businesses are run by real people with families and are the backbone to our community.
“Support them or we will lose them.”
He added: “137 distillery/Eat Drink Distil isn’t the first to go and won’t be the last but with your help there will be less behind us.
“I have put absolutely everything into 137 but it sadly wasn’t enough.
“We all have dreams in life, mine has just changed its path. For now.
“And to all my fellow business owners I wish you all the very best for the future. Hang in there.
“I may be closing these doors, but I will see you all again soon.
“Big love, Pete.”
He apologised to people who have future bookings which have had to be cancelled and said payments for bookings that were needed – like a drag brunch – will be refunded.
He will be making contact with those people across the coming days.
Mint and Bakers Lounge have both also closed their doors in Newbury town centre in recent weeks.