Popular pub back open after licence fell through

A popular Liverpool pub that was left in limbo after its licence expired has been able to reopen.

Patrons at The Edinburgh on Sandown Lane were left disappointed after the owners took to social media to say they were unable to open. The pub – which is popular for its regular quiz nights – was closed following the collapse of the company which operated the venue and a failure to transfer the premises licence.

Following Liverpool Council licensing and gambling sub-committee next week, it has been confirmed fresh terms had been granted to landlord Walter Scott, who took to social media to triumphantly announce it would reopen this afternoon.

The successful bid was made by Terracotta Asset Management, with pub landlord and tenant Walter Scott listed as the prospective designated premises supervisor. The proposals, which were supported by Liverpool Council, allows the pub to open from 10am to midnight, with alcohol able to be served throughout.

As part of the plan, the company has offered to close its beer garden at 9pm, cease live or recorded music at 11pm except for New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day and beer barrels will not be arranged after 11pm unless a change is required. A number of representations opposing the plans were also withdrawn.

Last month, The Edinburgh posted on social media how it was facing “temporary closure.” The post said, “Due to circumstances outside our control there is a delay to the pub’s licence being renewed. 

“We will hopefully have this sorted by the end of next week but will have to close until then.”

It had been hoped the pub would reopen in September but owners said “further to more licence debacles” the closure would be extended. The Edinburgh is situated at the end of a Victorian terrace consisting of a small bar area, a separate front room and a small outside area.

The previous licence holder – Stanhill Investments Ltd – dissolved earlier this year and as a result, the premises licence was allowed to lapse and was not renewed by 6 September. According to government records, Stanhill Investments Ltd – which had a registered address in the West Midlands – described the nature of the business as letting and operating of own or leased real estate. 

The dissolution was seemingly confirmed on 23 January.

Posting on Facebook, the pub’s team said, “Guess who’s back? We are!

“Opening with normal hours from today at 2pm! Thank you again to everyone for all your support – you’re all wonderful.”


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