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Bridlington Hotel Announces Permanent Closure

Bridlington Hotel Announces Permanent Closure

Published by Karen Liu at 2:29pm 9th June 2020.

A hotel in Bridlington has announced its permanent closure. 

Rags was located on South Pier and also served as a bar and restaurant.

In a statement on Facebook, one of its owners, Julie, said:

"What is proving to be a very emotional and difficult time for us, it is very moving to read the enormity of the supportive comments from everyone especially the staff regarding our heartbreaking decision to not re open at Rags

We started our journey in 1996 taking on a closed restaurant in a town called Bridlington it was from a standing start with not much working equipment to help us get started .

We were told by many that Bridlington was a strange town regarding strangers ( wessies ) coming in and taking over business and we would have a really tough time making it work .

Well 23 year later and this hard to crack town and the people in it became our home our friend and our family all in one.

We have had a rollercoaster of a ride of hard work and emotion happy and sad times during our journey .

We have made so many friends along the way and we always called ourselves the RAGS FAMILY We have had an amazing team of people help make Rags what it has been over the last 23 years and I can truly say that’s what we were we laughed together cried together supported each other and worried about each other .

We have had so many lovely messages from all the staff saying Les & I were like second parents to them and we can truly say sometimes it felt like we had 30 children to cope with but we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

We would like to thank all our lovey customers over the years who have supported us and given us lots of great conversations and fun times helping us celebrate more occasions than we can count. Also our fantastic local suppliers who have gone above and beyond and enabled us to trade seven days a week .

We want to thank from the bottom our hearts our amazing Rags family and want them to know have been so proud watching them grow and being so lucky to have shared in their lives.

Such happy times and memories to treasure and although this is the end for Rags as a business it is not the end for our Rags family who I know will go on to support each other in the future.

its time now for other business to benefit from the caring and talented bunch who we have been so lucky to call ours for the last 23 years.

Its been such a heart breaking decision for us both but sometimes life has a way of giving you what you need not what you think you want so we feel now is the time to embrace this and be a little kinder to ourselves.

Les & Julie"

On the Rags website, it said:

"It is with a heavy heart, that after 23yrs of trading as a small family business, due to the unprecedented challenges brought about by Covid 19, we need to inform our customers that the very difficult decision has been made to permanently close Rags Restaurant, Bar & Hotel and to liquidate our company.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all our regulars & friends for your continued custom throughout the years, and words of support, patience and understanding during these difficult times.

We have now instructed Redman Nichols Butler to assist with putting Rags Restaurant Ltd. into a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation. From today our telephone lines, website & inbox will no longer be monitored.

Customers that have paid a deposit and have not received their goods or services should please contact Ann Banks of Redman Nichols Butler on 01377 257788 or send an email enquiry to:


If you may have an interest in purchasing any assets of the business, please contact or call 01482 500500"


There are 3 comments on this page.

yorkshireboy, on 9th June 2020 5:04pm
In the next few months I can honestly see even more business owners saying I cannot afford to go on.

By now businesses would have had the first three months of the holiday season to get cash into the till, but we all know that just has not happened.

By the time everything is up and running at best business owners will have two months to try and make money.

And that money has got to take them through the winter months.

There are going to be a lot of empty premises all over the UK but especially at the coastal towns
cargodave, on 9th June 2020 10:23pm
Yes i agree i hear NOTHING towards help for hotel & guesthouse's which i know barely get through a season they need more help to see them through, if we can bail the bankers out then we can help the accomodation industry it is a huge sector which if nothing done to help ripples will be felt far & wide and will cause huge unemployment numbers nationwide.
Barra, on 10th June 2020 10:21am
Yes it’s a shame that any business has to close due to this pandemic, but this business started to go down hill a few years in my opinion.

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