Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Paul Heathcote closes his Grill & Bar in Clitheroe

27 July 2011 by
Paul Heathcote closes his Grill & Bar in Clitheroe

North west-based chef-restaurateur Paul Heathcote today closed his Heathcotes Grill & Bar in Clitheroe, blaming the economic climate.

Heathcote, who sold the majority of his restaurant portfolio to Living Ventures last year, is now left with three restaurants: the Longridge Restaurant, Heathcotes Brasserie and the Olive Press, as well as his catering company, Heathcotes Outside.

All of the staff at the Clitheroe restaurant, which reopened as Heathcotes Grill & Bar in October last year, have been found alternative jobs.

Heathcote said that the restaurant had continually under-performed since its relaunch and after taking professional advice, the closure had been inevitable.

"We sold six restaurants last year and my intentions were to run a smaller group but Clitheroe has been a continuous drain. I have supported it but it no longer makes financial sense," he said.

"Clitheroe is a great town and all my instincts tell me it should work. Maybe it is a great site for someone who wants to work for just one restaurant, or perhaps I pitched the offer too high - or maybe it is just due to the economic climate not being great.

"Retail and consumer spending is tough, you only have to see the news every day - TJ Hughes, Habitat, Focus DIY and Woolworths are only a few of the big names so Heathcotes Grill & Bar is not alone."

Heathcotes Outside wins Liverpool Boat Show deal >>

Paul Heathcote sells five restaurants to Living Ventures>>

Paul Heathcote suffers second restaurant closure as Leeds Olive Press closes its doors >>

By Kerstin Kühn

E-mail your comments to Kerstin Kühn here.

Tabletalk
Tabletalk
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk

Caterersearch.com jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Caterersearch.com jobs

Blogs on Caterersearch.com ](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-newsletters](http://www.caterersearch.com/email-newsletters.htm)[ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking