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Last orders for Witton Chimes
A MUCH-loved Northwich watering hole has closed its doors, sparking rumours it could be turned into a gastropub.
The Witton Chimes, famous for its live music and friendly atmosphere, closed on Sunday night following a farewell party for its landlord, Michele Cooke.
Tributed to the pub, dubbed ‘the best in town’, came flooding into the Guardian following an appeal on Facebook, with many suggesting the pub’s owners have plans to transform the venue into a gastropub.
One of its regulars, Rudheath resident Mandy Willis, told the Guardian: “I’ve been going to the Chimes since I was 18 – I’m 41 now.
“It played great music, had great staff and there was never any trouble.
“I’ve heard it’s going to be turned into another food pub but that’s not what we want and it’s not what Northwich needs.
“It’s the only place I would go for a drink in Northwich – it’s the only place I felt comfortable.”
Dave Millington wrote on the Guardian’s Facebook page: “The pub isn’t closing per se, but the landlady has left due to changes being planned for the pub by Enterprise Inns, the owners of the premises.
“The pub is regarded by many locals, myself included, as the best in town by far and no changes are required as it offers a different customer experience to any other, particularly in presenting live rock bands which no other town centre pub can offer.”
Loyal patrons of the Chimes have set up a ‘Save the Chimes’ Facebook page, with more than 2,000 people already signed up.
A petition has also been launched online to keep the venue as it is.
Despite rumours the Chimes is to become a ‘food pub’, owners Enterprise Inns say this is not the case.
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We can confirm the Witton Chimes has only closed temporarily following the former publican’s decision to cease trading, and we are already in conversations with a prospective public with a view to resume trading in the next few weeks.
“The pub will continue to service as a locals’ pub, providing value-for-money drinks, good standards and quality entertainment.”
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