Frustrated Bournemouth pop-up beach bar closes amid ‘rules and regulations’ challenges


A pop-up beach bar in Bournemouth has been left ‘frustrated’ and discouraged after closing just 10 weeks after opening. The Beach Hut Bar and Grill, located next to the West Cliff lift, has confirmed its closure due to a number of “rules and regulations” which it says have impacted its business, calling it a “massive loss”.

The pop-up bar opened on April 2 and was due to stay until October 2, but this was cut short, due to the condition of the bar, restrictions on the bar. The Beach Hut Bar and Grill sparked a lot of interest on Instagram, but said the choice to close was “a very difficult decision”.

The beachfront restaurant took to social media, telling its legion of followers it had to close and thanking customers for their support. Although disappointed with the decision, the restaurant says: “But as a small business, we’d rather pay the balance and cut our losses than stay and lose money.”

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A full statement was posted on the company’s Instagram page, which reads: “After weeks of trying to compromise, we had no choice but to close! Unable to accept bookings group, turning away 70% of customers who just wanted a drink and being constantly inspected…made our time on Bournemouth beach a real challenge both financially and emotionally as a team. small business, we’d rather pay off the balance and cut our losses than stay and lose money. Thank you to all the lovely people who have supported us.”

The Beach Hut Bar and Grill also captioned the post, which described some of the reasons it had to close. It lists the “rules and regulations” that the bar claims to have to follow in order to operate.

The full caption reads: “Sorry everyone, but the Beach Hut Bar & Grill is closed. Imposed rules and regulations have resulted in a very difficult decision.

– “no hens, stags and groups as this ‘encourages’ excessive drinking

– “no alcoholic beverages without food

– “only two glasses per person

– “food should be ordered first then drink orders

– “proof of alcohol consumption required at random inspection

– “food must be ordered at the table = significant delays and more staff

– “the breakfast menu must be open early but no alcohol can be served

– “invest in a computer system to support orders

– “no loud music or DJ”

All of this, according to the beach bar, created “poor reviews, high staff turnover and an overall massive loss”. Many fans of the pop-up beach bar have expressed sadness over the closure.

A user named rachstaddon commented: “I’m so, so sad to hear this – I’ve been to your place 5 times in the last 2 months and loved it, was planning on coming this weekend Good luck in all you do and thank you for the great experience I’ve had every time.”

Another regular by the name of fed_zag wrote, “Omg I’m so disgusted. Loved this place. Amazing place. Wish you all the best.”

The PCO Board has been contacted for comment.

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