The Colonnade Bar next to the Theater Royal in Brighton is closing

The Colonnade in New Road, Brighton, which is attached to the Theater Royal, is due to close next June.

Devastated staff claim that the theatre’s parent company, The Ambassador Group (ATG), “decided to kick us out and close the pub”.

Originally built in 1806, the shop serves revelers before and after theatrical performances, as well as drinks during intermission.

The Argus: Lyndon Brooker, manager of The ColonnadeLyndon Brooker, manager of The Colonnade (Image: Andrew Gardner/The Argus)

Lyndon Brooker, 40, manager of the bar, said: “They seem to need us to close so they can do a poor job of serving more people in their terribly slow, poorly stocked and overpriced bars.

“So the pub has to go.

“This beautiful little relic of a bygone era. The one we all tell us is precious and should never change.

The Argus: The pub has been in town since 1806The pub has been in town since 1806 (Image: Argus Archive)

“This pub listed in every Brighton guidebook as a place of cultural and historical importance.

“This lovely little oasis from the hustle and bustle, right in the city center.

“This absolutely viable and profitable business that many of us call home and some have had for almost a decade.”

Lyndon said the pub was unique and ATG had “zero regard” for its importance to the community.

He said: “Although it is a theater bar in the city centre, this is really a community pub. We actually know the name, face and drink of about half of the people who walk in on any given day.

“That’s unusual in a pub like this. But I suspect ATG paid no attention to that.”

The Argus: In the pubIn the pub (Image: Andrew Gardner/The Argus)

The pub first opened in 1806 as The Colonnade Hotel.

The Theater Royal, the Colonnade Pub, the attached colonnade and the stage entrance to the Theater Royal on Bond Street are Grade I listed* according to the Historic England website.

The section outside the theater was replaced in 1894 when the theater was reconstructed.

The colonnade was listed as a monument for the first time in 1971.

The Argus: Lyndon said the shop was'really a community pub'Lyndon said the shop was ‘really a community pub’ (Image: Andrew Gardner/The Argus)

It comes after news that another historic pub, The Prince Albert, on Trafalgar Street, could close if plans to build nine shops and two holiday accommodations next to it are approved.

Holiday rentals next to The Prince Albert, which has live performances every night of the week, could face noise complaints that would force its closure.

ATG was asked for comment. The Colonnade Bar next to the Theater Royal in Brighton is closing

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