AN EAST Oxford pub still remains closed despite pubs being allowed to reopen on July 4.

The Fir Tree on Iffley Road closed when national lockdown restrictions meant pubs had to close on March 24.

Yet when pubs were allowed to reopen The Fir Tree did not.

On July 4 the pub posted a quote from the film ‘Jaws’ on their Facebook page: “You’re going to need a bigger boat”.

The post continued: “In our case, maybe a bigger pub.

“But what makes us unique is the fact we are a small, quaint and quirky 19th century drinking hole.

“A good old fashioned split level Victorian Public House.

“We value the safety of our staff and customers and we miss your custom and atmosphere we collectively create at The Fir Tree.

“But due to the layout of the pub and current restrictions/government guidelines, we cannot in good faith open our doors safely at present.

“As frustrating as this might be - we want to see everyone for a drink too - it is the only safe choice.”

The post encouraged locals to support other local pubs, bars and eateries whilst remembering to follow the rules.

It also reassured regulars that they will see the pub again.

Yet , four months since the announcement the pub made this announcement on its Facebook page, it still has not reopened.

It is unclear when or if the Iffley Road venue will reopen.

In recent weeks several large pub chains, including Greene King and Marstons, have announced job cuts and pub closures.

Although The Fir Tree’s leaseholder is Greene King, the pub is managed by its landlord and so it will not be affected by Greene King’s closures and redundancies.

The Oxford Mail has tried contacting the pub about a reopening date.