CUMBRIA'S Wetherspoons pubs are safe from closure as the hospitality chain has released a list of their pubs that will be put up for sale nationwide.

The chain operates roughly 800 pubs around the UK and Ireland. It has put 39 of their pubs on the market - but no Cumbrian pubs have been placed on the list.

JD Wetherspoon has put 39 pubs up for sale as chariman Tim Martin warned the pub industry would “inevitably shrink”.

The chain operates pubs in a number of Cumbrian towns including Keswick, Whitehaven, Carlisle, Workington, Kendal and Barrow.

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The group said it was a “commercial decision”.

Originally 32 pubs were listed for sale in September but seven more have since been added to that list.

While the pubs have gone up for sale it doesn’t mean that they will definitely close, and they will remain open as Wetherspoons pubs until they are sold.The group’s chairman Tim Martin said he feels the biggest threat to the hospitality industry is that pubs and restaurants are taxed unfairly while supermarkets pay no VAT on food sales.