It seems that the doors were closed on Thomas Read’s and The Oak, two establishments on the corner of Parliament Street and Dame Street, earlier on today. The reason remains unclear. I’d a feeling something was up earlier when I spotted a few tweets on the subject, but you can’t believe something just because it was on the Tweet machine. If that was all truth Margaret Thatcher has died a dozen times over for example.
To add to the feeling something was up, when I put the question out there looking for pointers, I heard that one of our own writers was sitting in Brogans pub and among him where the bar staff of the nearby establishments! The story there was that staff learned only a number of hours previously that the establishment would be closed within an hour.
Hopefully tomorrow we can post definite confirmation, and I’ll swing by The Oak during the day. The pub has an excellent history, as featured here in the past in jaycarax’s excellent piece ‘From The RMS Mauretania to Crane Lane.’
After a re-decoration in 1946, the name of the pub was changed to The Oak. Why? The oak panelled interior of the bar was made with wood savalged from the RMS Mauretania, the sister ship of the RMS Lusitania
The two establishments are part of the Thomas Read Group of bars and restaurants, under the control of receiver Martin Ferris of Ferris Associates for the past two years.
Estate agent Morrissey’s has been attempting to sell the premises for two years. Their PDF on the site is available to read here.
So, has The Oak been closed, sold or what is the case? Tomorrow will tell.