Students’ union calls time on once-popular pub

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IF there’s one thing students have a reputation for being good at, it’s drinking.

But Sheffield University’s Students’ Union will next month be giving back the lease of The Fox and Duck pub in Broomhill, after the once-successful business became a “more marginal” operation.

The Fulwood Road pub was taken over by the union in 1987 and proved so successful that it was extended.

Now, though, the Students’ Union has announced it will be leaving the premises in June.

Finance officer Harry Horton said that, 25 years ago, the pub “fulfilled a service to students” but, since then, pub rents have gone up while students have moved to different areas of Sheffield.

He added: “This has led to a significant decline in demand for traditional pubs and a premises which once contributed valuable resources back into student life has become a more marginal operation.

“The lease for The Fox and Duck expires in June this year and it was decided, with sadness, that the business is no longer an important strand of our services to students and that therefore the Students’ Union will not seek to renew the lease on the premises.”