Wanstead pub The Nightingale has closed
PUBLISHED: 13:31 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 26 September 2017
The family run Wanstead pub The Nightingale has closed after 30 years, with owner Noel McMahon citing “health reasons” for the decision.
A sign appeared on the door of the much loved tavern, in Nightingale Lane, yesterday, prompting an outpouring of support from the community.
Mr McMahon, 74, told the Recorder: “My health has deteriorated over the last year, and so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion to close.
“It’s been traumatic for myself and my family. It’s not just the business but our home is here, we’ve been part of the community for 30 years.
“It’s a major step in my children’s life.”
Mr McMahon in particular wanted to thank his staff “who have been incredibly loyal and incredibly devoted, particularly in this last year when I haven’t been particularly well”.
He added: “I would also like to thank people for the wonderful messages of support I have received over the last 24 hours.”
But the landlord was critical to people spreading rumours about the pub’s closure on social media.
“Speculators who don’t know the reasons should keep quiet,” he added.
And after 30 years of pouring pints Mr McMahon has tried a lot of beers, and he revealed the bitter Courage Best was his favourite.
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