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Specialist cleaners at the pub on Monday night

The Folly Inn at Whippingham have confirmed that they were forced to close their doors on Saturday due to a suspected norovirus outbreak in the community.

As previously reported by Island Echo, customers were turned away at the weekend after a notice was placed on the door saying that a health and safety issue meant the pub was unable to open. The news led to a strong outburst of opinion on social media from both past and present customers.

The management had, until now, failed to expand on the reasoning for the sudden shutdown.

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Last night a specialist cleaning company were seen entering the waterside pub at the bottom of Folly Lane on the banks of the River Medina.

Following a request for a statement by Island Echo, a spokesperson from Greene King on behalf of The Folly has said:

“We have closed the pub as a precautionary measure following a suspected outbreak of norovirus in the community.

“There is no suggestion that this is related to our kitchen and food preparation standards, however the safety of our customers is a top priority so we have organised a professional treatment of the entire site.

“The pub will reopen for drinks from 6pm today and normal service will resume from lunchtime tomorrow.”

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The notice at the entrance on Saturday

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I’m not entirely Suprised, I mean they allow people to dance on the tables with their shoes on!


I think you will find that this was one of the reasons for its popularity going back years 20+ with no problems. The pub went down hill when a certain landlord left the pub ( now runs the white Mouse) it was always very clean and the food used to be fantastic but a few landlords later this is the result.

Martin Ryde

Erm, I think I will give that place a miss.. Thanks

Penny Green

Really? Why not issue the statement straight away …

Tim C

At least they are doing the right thing, some more unscrupulous businesses may have tried to stay open and put customers at risk. For that, I commend them.
Dancing on the tables though does sound yuk.
Maybe they should rethink that one for many reasons.


Tim C,
This is long overdue, that place has been shocking for some time, we used to go there regularly (family lived close) last time we went the food was disgraceful, and the tables were grotty as hell. Enough for us to vow never again, have heard similar stories since then!

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