Popular pub’s future in limbo as licence holder’s business folds

The future of a popular Liverpool pub has been left in limbo with a decision to be made on its licence.

Taking to social media in the last week, proprietors of The Edinburgh on Sandown Lane, Wavertree, said they were unable to open their doors, much to the concern of regulars. The LDRS understands the future of the pub will now be decided at a licensing and gambling sub-committee hearing later this year.

The owners said on Facebook they hoped to be open as early as next week.

Back on 6 September, 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 last month but owners said on Tuesday “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 Irish music night on Mondays has proven popular with guests and with a regular quiz held midweek which it became famous for.

The LDRS understands 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. The terms held for almost a decade permitted opening from 10am to 12.30am daily with sales of alcohol until midnight.

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.

It is understood that a new application has been made to the local authority to allow the pub to function as previously but owing to objections being made, the decision will lie with a licensing and gambling sub-committee. A date for such a hearing is yet to be confirmed.

The LDRS attempted to contact The Edinburgh for comment.


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