About 10 days ago a badly handwritten notice was posted in the door seeking a new manager. No prior notice of closure. A printed sign has now appeared, but no apology or explanation is apparent to regular users as to what's going on.
A rumour is circulating that an elderly gentleman had been in the pub a few days earlier and made a scene about swearing. Verification needed, but he wasn't a regular. The Old Mother Redcap is not in an area frequented by those inclined to swear a lot, but one or two might be doing when arriving for a pre-arranged meeting to find it shut!
Whatever, the pub's recent management has not been as good as some in the past so any new incumbent should have scope to build it up again. That said, the regulars coning to the pub by bus stopping at the terminus outside may well have found other places to go.