Gordon Stott to close The Purefoy Arms

By James McAllister

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Gordon Stott to close Hampshire gastropub The Purefoy Arms

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Gordon Stott has announced that he will permanently close his Hampshire gastropub The Purefoy Arms later this month as a result of ‘unexpected happenings’.

In a statement posted to Instagram​, the chef, who took ownership of The Purefoy Arms back in 2018, confirmed that the pub’s last service would be on 27 January.

He said: “After an amazing five and a half years of running The Purefoy Arms, because of unexpected happenings, we will be closing our doors permanently as of the 27 January 2024.

“This is a very difficult message for us to be writing but we are so thankful for all your support over the years and have loved every minute.”

Stott, who previously ran The Sun Inn in Hampshire, won Pub Chef of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards 2021.

The Purefoy Arms, which dates back to the 1860s, is currently ranked number 67​ on the Top 50 Gastropubs longlist and holds two AA Rosettes.

January has seen dozens of high-profile independent restaurant closures as operators grapple with insurmountable cost pressures and a challenging trading environment.

They include Simon Rimmer’s Didsbury restaurant Greens​; Tony Rodd’s Copper & Ink restaurant in Blackheath​, south east London; James Allcock Yorkshire bistro The Pig and Whistle in Beverly​; and Phill and Deb Lewis’ sustainability-focused Cardiff restaurant Kindle​.

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