Craft beer bar Mason and Company, in Hackney Wick London, has announced its closure after two and a half years of trading.
The company described the decision to close as “difficult” but said its canalside location was “challenging”. It went on to say that the difference in footfall and trade in summer and winter was “a story of extreme opposites”. This year the pub, which was operated and owned by Hackney-based brewery Five Points, was shortlisted as a finalist at the 2018 Great British Pub Awards.
The bar’s statement said: “After two and a half years of trading, we have made the difficult decision to close our bar, Mason and Company.
“While during summer and for special events we have had some very busy weeks, sadly, during the majority of the year, outside the peak summer months, the footfall to the overall development and location has not been high enough to sustain a successful business in the long term.”
It continued: “The founders have given it our all over the past three years of project development, launch and operation and we have been ably supported by a brilliant team of staff from the outset. We have invested a tremendous amount of energy, passion, commitment, sweat, and a few tears along the way.
“And so, with a heavy heart but with huge thanks to our awesome staff team, our regulars and all the small, independent drinks and food suppliers who have supplied and supported us, it has become time to move on.”