A Letter from Nantwich

June 2008

Pub is saved after all, but others close

GONE are the shutters on the windows which signalled the possible end for The Leopard in London Road - adding the pub to a list of premises that have closed. But the end wasn't nigh after all as The Leopard (right) re-opened on June 2, 2008, under new management.

   The new people behind the bar were Jackie and Kevin (no surname disclosed) from The White Lion in Coppenhall, near Crewe.

   Later, the Dragon Inn for Chinese meals and takeaways was incorporated into the pub. It was open six evenings a week (not Mondays), with the asurance that it would retain the Leopard's Wednesday evening Steak Night.

 

OTHER Nantwich pubs were not so, lucky.

l The White Swan closed and had a To Let sign on its frontage.

l The Cheshire Cheese in Crewe Road was the subject of an application for permission to turn it and the manager's flat into nine residential apartments with car park. Nantwich Town Council, for one, have objected on a number of grounds, and at a meeting of the Borough Council Planning Committee on May 29, the application was deferred "for further information and consultation
with the community regarding positive contribution of facility."

l The third pub that is closed at the moment is The Millfields (bottom right), in the heart of - and serving - the Millfields Housing estate. That estate was built around the same time as the estate of council houses next to it.

 

UPDATED February 2009

A LETTER  in The Nantwich Chronicle (May 28, 2008) says the Black Lion in Welsh Row has closed. (I saw someone sitting in the front window seat the other day, but maybe that was a builder. Read on).

   The newspaper letter, signed "Irreplaceable" - which presumably refers to the pub and not the writer - talks about "the passing of a great and very special Nantwich public house".

   The writer refers to the pub as "The Dog Pub" - a name I hadn't heard before with regard to the Black Lion. Why the name? The writer says: "For the last 13-ish years we, and many other dog lovers from various parts of the world and the UK, have made this pub a home from home."

    But Nantwich is not to lose the black-and-white building. It seems there are already plans for a new use because the letter writer concludes: "The heart has gone and I, for one, will not be visiting the new foodies establishment which is planned."

l Later, it was announced that the Black Lion pub was under new

 

THE Millfields pub is for let. See updates here and here

management, with Liz and Darren Snell saying that the "dog pub" image is a  thing of the past. But it will have real ale and food. The courtyard has been revamped with a Moroccan theme "surrounded by flowers" (Nantwich Chronicle, August 13, 2008). The pub is owned by Carlton Holdings (a.k.a. the Schofield Brothers, Paul, Mark and John). 

 

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