Dean and Lisa Cargo, who have run the pub for three years, are returning to their hometown in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Mr Cargo said it was his understanding that the St Ouen’s Bay tavern would reopen shortly to serve patrons again, in the short-term at least.
He added that he was amazed by the response from Islanders who turned up on the business’s final night to bid them farewell.
‘We opened from 4pm and did the dinner service and all that. The place was very busy and it was nice to see lots of the locals and regulars come down for their last pint,’ he said.
‘We ended up running out of everything on tap apart from Guinness and Strongbow – there was really not a lot left. It was a lot busier than I thought it would be.’
Mr Cargo, who left New Zealand in 2004 to spend three years in Wales before moving to Jersey in 2007, has also worked at the Merton and The Portelet Inn. He said he wanted to see pubs able to sell drinks at prices closer to those being offered by shops and added: ‘There is too much said about pubs causing people to drink too much. If I serve someone six pints and they go on to fall down a flight of stairs and break their legs, then I will be liable and there will be a whole inquiry. But a shop’s responsibility stops at the point of sale.
‘It seems that some would prefer people to drink at home rather than in a pub, where it is regulated and controlled.’
Mr Cargo, father of Cerys (15) and Corbière (11), said he would miss Jersey dearly.
‘It is a beautiful island. It is safe and a great place to bring up kids, but it is the right time to go back due to family circumstances,’ he said.
‘I will really miss the site we have got here – we get a stunning sunset most days and we can walk across the road with the dogs and go straight onto the beach. We love Jersey, we really do.
‘We will come back. Whether that is just to visit or to live, I do not yet know. But we will come back at some stage.’