Legendary Beatles pub The Grapes, in Mathew Street, has closed – its owners have confirmed.
A spokesman for Star Pubs and Bars – which owns and leases the iconic boozer – has told the ECHO that it has shut its doors.
But he was unable to shed any light on the reason for the closure and whether it is a permanent measure.
Questions have been asked about the pub, famed for being a preferred watering hole of the Fab Four in the past, after regulars noticed that its doors have been shut over the past few days.
Known locally as The Beatles pub, back in the early 1960s, it was the only pub in Mathew Street when it was surrounded by warehouses.
The Grapes has changed in tone and emphasis over the years – it underwent a major refurbishment in 1998 – but it remains a favourite traditional city centre boozer for many, which has always been proud of its Beatles connections.
The pub is owned by Star Pubs and Bars, who today confirmed to the ECHO that the pub has closed – but a spokesman for the group, which is the leased pub arm of Heineken UK, was unable to say why it was closed and whether it was permanent.
[Blogger’s note – this is disturbing and shocking news. The Grapes is one of the most important Beatles in Liverpool. It would be an absolute disaster for the area if it closed permanently.