Quicker to knock down The Pelican Inn and build a block of flats than get served, says landlord

The Pelican Inn is to close forever

Mike Hughes-Long, landlord at The Pelican Inn, spoke of his devastation of news this week that the famous Timperley pub is to close it’s doors forever, before being ripped down and replaced with a block of flats.

The Pelican Inn is set to be knocked down and replaced with a block of luxury flats. The famous Timperley pub has been a long standing watering hole in the Trafford community, but waiting times and poor service have driven the old girl into the ground.

Landlord, Mike Hughes-Long, said he and his other two members of staff are devastated by the news, but accept that running a busy local pub with three people was no longer viable.

He said, “When the owners launched their new 50 customers per member of staff initiative, waiting times increased. It was only last year some poor chap died of sheer frustration waiting for his drink, we couldn’t simply continue to put the public’s health at risk any longer. When it became apparent that knocking down the building completely and replacing it with a block of flats was quicker than average serving times, it was a no-brainer.

Fred Parched, who’s been waiting for his pint since 2014, said, “I’ve been made a grandfather three times in the space of time I’ve been waiting for this pint. I can’t leave for fear of losing my place at the bar, and despite being told they won’t be long, come October I’ll have been here 5 years”.

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