In an email newsletter sent out yesterday (30 March), co-owner Aimee Turford confirmed that she and chef Alisdair Brooke-Taylor took the decision as the five-year point offers a break in their lease, but added that the reason behind it 'are several and varied'.
"Ultimately, the five-year point... presents the question of whether we conclude at five or continue for another," said Turford.
"Simple pragmatism plays a part. In honesty, we have barely caught our breath from the last two years, and now costs in every area spiral, recession looms, there is the prospect of supply issues, the world is an unstable place right now. Frankly, it’s just no time to be running a small business like ours.
"Although, it’s far from all about this. We do not own the building and this has led to some significant difficulties at times. There are some personal reasons too, for both Alisdair and myself that lead to this decision being inevitable."
The Moorcock Inn is currently ranked at number 14 on the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards top 100 list, and described as 'a local-boozer-cum-hip-restaurant that has gained a cult reputation as one of Britain’s most exhilarating food experiences'.
Turford didn't reveal what plans she or Brooke-Taylor have for the future, but did confirm that they do not plan to open another pub together.
"Everything aligned with the combination of our location, our offering and the guests willing to be a part of it.
"A shinier building, or a different location, or investors. It could make something similar, but not equal."
Turford acknowledged everyone who has been involved in the pub's operation since they took it over, including staff, suppliers and customers, and added that the decision to announce the closure so far ahead of time meant they could be a part of the pub's closing chapter.
"We cannot know what is next for The Moorcock, but we are grateful to have been a little piece of its history.
"Love or loathe us, we suspect this incarnation will be remembered for a while. And we will never forget this little pub on this windy hill. With its wild weather, warm people and those sunsets. Which gave a lot and took a lot. In a way that things in life can sometimes."