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Canterbury venue The Farmhouse closes under £5k of debt

PUBLISHED: 17:02 29 August 2012

Sean Baker at The Farmhouse, Canterbury.

Sean Baker at The Farmhouse, Canterbury.

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But management insist Lounge on the Farm will not be affected

A popular Canterbury pub run by the team behind the successful Lounge on the Farm festival has been forced to close after failing to come up with £5,000 in overdue rent.

The Farmhouse in Dover Street has been a well-known pub, restaurant and live music venue in the city for the last four years, but admits a difficult summer has forced it out of business.

But it insists its collapse has no bearing at all on Lounge on the Farm and the festival will not be affected.

In a statement released by The Farmhouse management announcing its closure, it took a swipe at the firm which owns the site.

It said: “Yesterday we were given 24-hours to find the three weeks of rent we had fallen temporarily behind on.

“However, Enterprise Inns, for whatever reasons, had different ideas. We were given an ultimatum - pay us the rent on we will send in the bailiffs. We simply didn’t have the £5,000 - if we had, we would have paid it.”

They added the decision to close comes just days before new buildings constructed nearby for Canterbury Christ Church University were due to open - a date they believed could have turned their fortunes around.

The statement added: “We had spent the last year watching the chaos of the Christ Church building site over the road thinking of the difference it could make to Dover Street’s businesses only to have to shut two days before the opening. This is a massive kick in the teeth for all of us.

“This won’t be the end for us and we are already looking for a new home. Once we have tied up all the outstanding issues with Enterprise, we will be back bigger, brighter and better than ever.”

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