The Peter De Wint pub in Lincoln
Metal shutters have gone up on the doors and windows of a Lincoln pub which shut on Monday.
Workmen were yesterday busy making The Peter De Wint pub, in Moorland Avenue, secure.
A "notice of peaceable re-entry" from the freehold owner Enterprise Inns has been put up near the entrance stating that it "re-entered the premises" on January 4 and the "lease is at an end".
Enterprise says it hopes to re-open the pub as soon as possible.
Chairman of the Damons Treble Darts League, Arthur Chambers, 66, is urging players to send all results cards to the Lincoln Moorland & Railway Sports and Social Club now that the pub has closed.
"It's a shame that is has closed as we used to have a few matches there," said Mr Chambers, who lives in The Mead, Boultham Moor.
"It's always sad when a local pub shuts and now the nearest places to it are The Parklands, in Boultham Park Road, and The Moorland & Railway and the Wagon & Horses, both in Newark Road.
"Maybe it's a sign of the times.
"Unless you're making money on food I don't think you're going to be doing very well."
The credit crunch, cheap booze in supermarkets and the smoking ban have been all cited as causes of several pub closures in Lincoln in recent years.
Vicky Averis, assistant to the chief operating officer at Enterprise Inns, refused to give a reason for the closure of The Peter De Wint.
But she added: "Enterprise can confirm the pub closed on Monday.
"However, it is our intention to re-open the pub to the local community as soon as possible."
The previous designated premises supervisor Shaun Morris was not available for comment yesterday.