A popular bar in Sadler Gate has announced its closure following what it called an “arduous legal battle” with the building’s landlord.
Hop Gate specialised in high-end craft beers and was well-liked by specialist drinkers for the staff’s product knowledge and the bar’s trendy décor.
It opened in July last year to positive reviews from customers and the Derby Telegraph’s Beerhunter but yesterday bosses revealed its permanent closure.
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In a statement on the bar’s Facebook page it said a wrangle between Hop Gate, which opened in the old Saddlers Bar premises, and the landlord ultimately brought the bar down.
It said: “It is with regret that we inform you that Hop Gate has ceased trading at its current location.
“After an arduous legal battle regarding the premises, the decision was made to allow the landlord to gain possession.
“We are truly gutted that a better compromise for all parties involved could not have been met. We have truly loved being part of the beer scene and community in Derby and have had such a fun time doing so.”
Bosses asked its Facebook followers in a light-hearted aside if “anyone knows anyone who wants to buy a bar full of equipment”.
They also hinted that the bar may make a return to Derby in another location.
The statement said: “Keep an eye out, you never know where our ‘post-apocalyptic Berlin wine bar’ may pop up once again.”
The Derby Telegraph contacted the Hop Gate bosses who said they were unable to comment today but would be willing to do so in the future.
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Source: Derby Telegraph