A landmark Mossley pub faces an uncertain future after being shut down for police investigation.
A notice on the front window of the Commercial Hotel on Manchester Road says the pub licence is under review because the premises are “associated with serious crime.”
Another hand-made poster on the entrance door simply says: ‘Closed until further notice. Sorry.’
The Correspondent contacted landlord Steve Gilligan for a comment but hadn’t received a reply at the time of going to press.
The popular pub – an unofficial stopping off point on the Trans Pennine Real Ale trail – closed on Friday, June 23 after Greater Manchester Police applied for an expedited review of the licence to Tameside Council.
A preliminary hearing granted GMP officers time to investigate and a final decision on the licence will be taken later this month.
A consultation period for people to comment or make representation had to be submitted by Thursday, July 6.
The Commercial is believed to be the first pub in bottom Mossley and once was a stopping off point for the Lancashire-Yorkshire coach route before the railway arrived.
Earlier this year the Correspondent ran a story on the pub’s popularity with ‘ale trailers.’
Steve, a member of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, told us the ‘Commie’ had been described as having the ‘friendliest atmosphere’ on the Trail.
“Every pub in the world gets a drunk or two,” added Steve. “It’s not just exclusive to the Ale Trail. But we have never had any trouble here.”
A Council spokesman said: “There will be a further hearing in relation to the outcome of what is going to happen to the licence.
“The police applied for the review and based on the evidence of what was produced at the hearing, the licensing panel have suspended the licence pending the outcome of a full hearing.”
A spokesperson from Enterprise Inns – Ei Publican Partnerships – said: “We are aware of the situation and are working closely with the police to reach a solution.”
The licensing review panel hearing has been set for 10am on Tuesday, July 18.