The Old Chemist - one of Abingdon's newest pubs - has closed suddenly after two managers walked out.

The gin bar and smokehouse opened at Easter in High Street on the site of the former Smith's chemists.

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But the first few months have not been trouble-free for the owners and they have let their customers know on Facebook that they will be closed for the time being.

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The post said: "With deep regret we are going to have to cancel our singles night 😔

"Due to Cara and ( Lyndsey ) myself both unfortunately having had to resign, yesterday!! Following from this the managers have decided to shut the pub !! . (We don't know when it may be opening again )

"We are so very sorry for this massive let down !!! And any inconveniences !!!"

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Co-owner Terry Milne confirmed the managers left suddenly, leaving the bar no choice but to close for a short time.

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He said: "We need to hire new staff and then we aim to open again in two weeks' time - we don't want to leave it too long."

He said the managers wanted to 'up and go' but he did not give a reason for their departure.

Mr Milne added that the bar has also experienced problems with pigeons in the back yard and £20,000 has now been invested in netting to cover the area.

He said: "There are one or two little bits we would like to finish, including flooring, and now we will have a breathing space to do this.

"When the managers left we were left with no option but to close.

"We look forward to welcoming customers back in a fortnight's time."

After initially estimating the bar would reopen in a fortnight Mr Milne then said the bar would reopen on Friday, August 23, with a new staff team, ready for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Some customers on Facebook have been giving their reaction.

Haylee Turner said: "I had this booked for dinner a few weeks ago, got an email the night before to say that the kitchen was shut so they had to cancel."

Tina Harper added: "Shame - I quite liked it in there."

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The Tipsy Mercer, opposite The Old Chemist, won rave reviews when it opened in March.

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The business is building a loyal following and is being run by James Salter, his wife Henrietta Salter-Collins, and her brother Joel Collins.

Drinkers in Abingdon appear to be acquiring a taste for gin.

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Ben Blackledge has co-founded Abingdon Gin, the town's first distillery of its kind.