Last orders for historic pub

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The Wizard Inn at Alderley Edge will be closing next month as the current tenant will not be renewing their lease.

After around 20 years Bispham Green Brewery Limited will no longer run the historic pub so it will close on Sunday 9th February.

Martin Ainscough, Managing Director at Ainscoughs, "Our lease from the National Trust runs out in a few months time so as the National Trust want the pub back for other purposes and are not going to renew our lease, we are negotiating to leave early.

"We have operated the Wizard for 20 years so it is a big change – however, its time a new chapter in the Wizard's history.

"We would all like to thank the people of Alderley Edge and the surrounding area for all their support over the years."

The pub building was given to the National Trust along with 130 hectares of land in 1948 and they will be retaining ownership of it.

A spokesperson for the National Trust said "After around 22 years our current tenant has decided to end their tenancy of The Wizard Inn at Alderley Edge and so the pub will close on Sunday 9 February. We are very sad to see the tenant go, after all these years of working with them.

"The buildings future use has not been determined and we will be working out exactly what is next, however the intention is that the building will be accessible to visitors in the future. Updates about plans for the buildings future will appear here as soon as they are available."

The building will be closed for a time while maintenance work takes place.

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Dave Chalmers
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 3:20 pm
Hi, what's likely to happen to the Wizard Tea Room ?
Lisa Reeves
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 3:38 pm
Dave it is not affected and will remain open.
Dave Chalmers
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 4:32 pm
Thanks Lisa x
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 10:22 pm
Interesting that the Landlord and Tenant give different reasons for the closure.

Who should we believe?
Kristina Hulme
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 9:10 pm
Thanks Martin and all the managers and staff you have had over the years. It has been a great place for locals to support. Many happy memories. Sorry you are going and sorry NT didn’t keep pace with the repairs.
Fingers crossed the Wizard remains as a haunt for the locals!!
David Carey
Saturday 1st February 2020 at 8:03 am
It is very sad, my wife and I had our wedding reception here quite a while back now but what a fantastic day was had by all.
Julie Brindle
Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 4:23 pm
My partner and me were very distressed last week to find out The Wizard was closing as we were due to be married there in May and nobody had or even now has contacted us . As well as the fact our invitations are printed and we’ll have to re due our intent to marry we are struggling to find another venue at such short notice! When we do it isn’t going to have the same meaning to us as I was brought up at Edge House Farm and have known the Wizard since I was a child!
David Hadfield
Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 9:37 pm
That's really awful news, Julie, and quite disgraceful that no one from the Brewery or The Wizard have contacted you yet to inform you about the closure.
In fact, what a shabby and unprofessional attitude from all involved, I would say !
Let's hope you get somewhere else sorted out very quickly.

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