Administrators appointed to Seafood Pub Company

Administrators have been appointed to the former popular gastropub chain the Seafood Pub Company.
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The Barrowford-based company, operated 10 popular gastropubs across the North-West including the Forest at Fence, the Alma Inn at Laneshawbridge, the Assheton Arms in Downham and the Barley Mow in Barley, ceased trading in June.

Ryan Grant and Kerry Bailey from BDO LLP have been appointed Joint Administrators by the High Court of Justice. The Joint Administrators may be contacted by email at [email protected].

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Founded by Joycelyn Neve in 2010, the company's portfolio had won a clutch of awards and satsified customers in the years since. Other gastropubs in the group included the Farmers Arms, Great Eccleston, the Oyster and Otter, Blackburn, the Fenwick in Claughton, the Derby Arms in Longridge, Harrogate's The Inn, and The Fleece in Ilkley.

The Forest at FenceThe Forest at Fence
The Forest at Fence

In a letter to staff in June Miss Neve said: "The Seafood Pub Company has filed a Notice of Intention to Appoint Administrators.

"The past few months has been unprecedented for the hospitality industry. Unable to access Government support in the form of a a CBIL, (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan) or other funding, and with no income since the forced closure, there is no choice other than for the business to go into Administration.

"It goes without saying I am truly heartbroken to have lost my business, but even more so for my team and seafood family. We fought as hard as possible, every step of the way and I am just so sorry to all the team that we weren’t able to save the business.

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"I can’t thank the team, guests, suppliers, neighbours and everyone who has been part of Seafood Pub Company enough, for your hard work, support and friendship the past nine years and especially for your kindness and well wishes in this incredibly difficult time."

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