Last orders for historic pub


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.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 3:46 pm
I hope this does not mean the Wizard Tea Room behind the inn will be closing. Can anyone confirm?
Lisa Reeves
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 4:25 pm
Vince it is not affected and will remain open.
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 4:58 pm
So the tenant says that the NT want it back and the NT says the tenant does not want to renew. Who is lying?
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 7:39 pm
The tenant says they are wanting to terminate their lease early. Maybe this is what the NT means when they say the tenant has decided to leave?

But yes, on the face of it the tenant's account and that of the NT do not seem to be in accord.
Sarah Groom
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 11:38 am
That is a shame. The article is a bit confusing as it states the landlords are leaving but they are having to leave since NT will not be renewing their tenancy. I'd like to know what the 'other purposes' are that the National Trust want to use The Wizard for. It will be a big loss to The Edge.
John Clegg
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 2:28 pm
Is it because there is a rent increase in the offing?
Is the pub and restaurant just about sustainable currently, and extra costs would overload it?