A village restaurant will close this weekend after its owners chose to focus their efforts on other venues in their group.
The Wife of Bath, a dining destination with rooms on Upper Bridge Street in Wye, near Ashford, has been part of the wider Rocksalt group for six years and has been praised for its chic bedrooms and sleek, understated dining room.
Announcing to the public that tomorrow will be the last day of trading, management said the decision was made in order to prioritize other sites in the chain.
It is not yet known whether new owners have been lined up and whether the restaurant will reopen under new management.
A statement posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page read: “After six wonderful years at the helm of The Wife of Bath, we have made the difficult decision to stop trading in the restaurant and in the rooms.
“Selling the business to Wye means the Rocksalt Group can focus its attention on its core of restaurants, pubs and bars in Folkestone and its Pickled Egg Pub Company chain.
“We have loved sharing the best local produce with so many loyal customers of The Wife of Bath over the years and we thank you all for your support.
“Business is business and clearly the numbers don’t add up…”
“Now we are delighted to pass on the opportunity to a new team to carry on the restaurant’s much-loved Kent heritage.”
Customers with existing reservations are advised that they will be contacted to arrange alternative options at other sites in the former owner’s portfolio across the county.
“It’s such a shame,” replied a disappointed customer on Facebook.
“Having such a great restaurant in the village with wonderful, inventive cuisine and such great personal service has been an honor.
“However, business is business and clearly the numbers don’t add up. You will be missed.”
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Pubs, restaurants and concert hall managers have warned the government that there will be mass closures without urgent support.
Industry bodies have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng warning that thousands of jobs are “at serious risk” amid deteriorating economic prospects.