ANOTHER pub in Bradford city centre has closed down - on the day the Campaign For Real Ale warned about continued loss of pubs.

Metal sheets have been put up over the doors and windows of The Queen, which is on Bridge Street near Bradford Interchange.

The pub is owned by Enterprise Inns, a company that runs approximately 5,500 pubs nationwide.

A sign on the outside of the pub said nothing of value remained in the building and that all utilities had been disconnected. Later yesterday a To Let sign was put up.

Yesterday CAMRA started Pubs Matter, a campaign to get the Government to close a loophole in the law that currently allows pubs to be demolished or converted for another use without a planning application.

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns confirmed The Queen was among the company's portfolio.

She said: "We would like to reassure residents that the Queen has only closed temporarily, we are working with a new publican and aim for the pub to resume trading at the earliest opportunity." 

Peter Down, campaigns officer for the Bradford CAMRA branch, saw the metal boards being put up at the pub on Monday night.

He said: "It is another pub that has been lost. Unfortunately I don't know the details of why it has shut. It is another loss for the city centre.

"The way the trading situation is at the moment, that just seems another reflection of it.

"It always seemed to be quite busy and it is in a prominent location near the Interchange."

He added: "There have been quite a few incidents with Enterprise pubs recently, while looking for new managers.

"There is obviously something wrong with the model of some of the pub companies. Some seem to have high prices and a high turnover of managers.

"Others like Wetherspoon are doing quite well, and there is the free house situation where they are doing quite well as well."

More than 170 pubs have closed in Bradford over the last few years.

The Queen has been closed down before. It shut down in October 2008, only ten months after it had been re-opened.

Last October, members of the English Defence League met and drank at the pub ahead of a rally outside St George's Hall.

In January last year, police swarmed round the pub to deal with rowdy Aston Villa fans ahead of a Capital One Cup clash with Bradford City.