Shock closure of Union Bar announced


The Union Bar in Stratford is set to close at the end of this week in yet another blow to the town’s nightlife.

A statement on the bar’s Facebook page explains that the venue has been unable to recover since regaining its licence last year.

The statement reads: “Sadly the time has come for the sun to set on Union Bar. Due to the unfortunate events of last year, we feel that the bar has been unable to recover since regaining our licence. It is with a heavy heart that that we have decided this will be the last week Union Bar will be opening its doors.

“It’s been a great three years and we have shared a lot of wonderful memories with you. Our staff will be relocated to our other venues while we look at how we can move forward. We have a fun week ahead, stay tuned for more updates.

Happier days . . . Staff outside the newly opened Union Bar back in June 2015. Photo: Mark Williamson

“So come in and join us as we say goodbye, and lets see the Union Bar off with a bang.”

The Union Bar hit trouble last February when its licence was suspended for a month following a series of late night breaches involving customer noise, numbers and public safety violations.


  • bran

    If they followed the rules in thr first place then thed probably still be trading. wont be much of a loss. if you want a night life go to Birmingham.

    • Paul Buckley

      Very true. Profit was put before safety.

  • James

    Not a shock at all really! The opening hours have been somewhat random and it was even closed on New Years eve! I suspect the owner is going to channel his energy to his new business venture (rumoured to be ex Jimmy Spices venue). It is also my understanding that the building owner (Sue Grey) went through a planning appeal in 2015 to renovate and extend the building to create a Gastro Pub/Restaurant. The validity of the appeal/award of planning approval expires this November. Hopefully Sue and her team now have the opportunity to move forward with their plans to create a quality social space.