A Nottingham couple are left panicking months before their wedding day after the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen closed down without notice.

Rachel Gavin and Simon Hunt are due to be married on May 20th but recently found out the news of the sudden closure whilst on a ‘relaxing’ pre-wedding holiday in Fuerteventura.

Rachel said: “We are currently in limbo, staff are trying to be helpful but have limited information and won’t know more until after a meeting on Thursday.

“We have been advised that we can have a full refund, or the new owners will honour the bookings, but we are concerned as the sale will not be complete until the end of February and they [the new owners] are looking to renovate/refurbish downstairs.

“We do not want to marry there if it is going to look like a building site!”

The couple, who met whilst travelling in Auckland, New Zealand, just celebrated their four-year anniversary last week.

“We are currently away on what was supposed to be a relaxing pre-wedding break which has now become very stressful.”

Rachel, 32, is originally from Marple, Cheshire, but moved to Nottingham three years ago to be with Simon.

She said: “We have started to look at other venues but due to what is now classed as ‘short notice’ the likelihood of alternative venues for that date are limited.

“We have guests flying in from all over the world and cannot change our date because of costs and changing hotel bookings.”

Simon Hunt, who served in the Royal Navy for five and a half years, was medically discharged due to severe ulcerative colitis, a rare liver condition called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), which mainly causes fatigue.

Due to this condition, he needs to avoid any unnecessary stress as much as possible so the situation is effecting his health.

Simon said: “I am very frustrated at the lack of control over the situation and the not knowing.”

Rachel added: “We are currently away on what was supposed to be a relaxing pre-wedding break which has now become very stressful.”


We contacted the former owners who also run Tom Browns Brasserie in Gunthorpe and Farndon Boathouse but they refused to make any comment.

A notice on the door of the venue says: “The Riverbank is closed due to essential maintenance work.”

Their website currently says: “The Riverbank Bar and Kitchen Ltd. has been sold.

“The venue is now closed with immediate effect.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff and customers old and new for making it such a special place, we’ve had 7 wonderful years.
“We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience caused for people with future bookings but be assured all deposit payments will be paid back in full.”
For further details contact the Events Team on events@riverbanknotts.co.uk.