Why Grimsby’s iconic Nunsthorpe Tavern has been boarded up – and what happens next

Fears that a famous Grimsby pub might be closing for good have been scotched by the owner.

Concerns were raised after the Nunsthorpe Tavern, in Sutcliffe Avenue, was boarded up with metal shutters. The iconic venue has been a fixture of the estate since the late Fifties.

Now, Stonegate Group, which manages the pub, have explained the reasons behind the closure. And it has set out the steps it needs to take before the venue can reopen.


Stonegate said it had no option but to close the pub after the previous landlords left suddenly. The group is now searching for new tenants, with advertisements placed online.

“The Nunsthorpe Tavern is currently closed as we look for new publicans to take over,” a spokesperson for the Stonegate said. The pub’s turnover is in the region of £300,000 a year, while rent costs around £288 a week, according to the group.

Over the years, the tavern – built in the classic style of the 1950s estate pub – has enjoyed a loyal local following. In November last year, Grimsby Live reported on how one Nunsthorpe man, Bernard Bland, had been drinking in the pub every day for 68 years.

An advertisement states: “The Nunsthorpe Tavern is a large, detached pub in densely populated housing estate in Grimsby. The pub is popular amongst the local community, boasting a snooker room and a large open trading area, ideal for hosting all types of weekly events.

“This pub also benefits from a large function suite to the left of the pub, with up to 50 covers, perfect for earning extra revenue if properly utilised. The pub is surrounded by houses and needs a publican that can put on weekly events as this pub has the potential to drive great business through the regular trade, as well as a superb function room. There is a large car park outside of the pub holds up to 40 vehicles.”

Anyone who might be interested is encouraged to get in touch via the Stonegate website.

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