Could a 'permanently closed' local venue be making a triumphant return?

By Evie Payne

17th Nov 2023 | Local News

The Young Pretender looks set to return. Image credit: Nub News.
The Young Pretender looks set to return. Image credit: Nub News.

The Young Pretender in Congleton looks set to return as the venue applies for a premises licence with Cheshire East Council.

In 2022, the venue announced a shock closure after a decade of trade.

However, it appears that the venue is set to return, having put in an application for the licensing of film, music and alcohol seven days a week.

The application states: "Notice is hereby given that we, Punch Taverns Limited have applied on 14 November 2023 to Cheshire East Council in respect of the premises known as Young Pretender, 30-34 Lawton Street, Congleton, CW12 1RS for a premises licence to provide the following licensable activities:

  • Films, Recorded Music & Supply of Alcohol – Sunday – Thursday – 07:00 – 00:00, Friday – Saturday – 07:00 – 01:00
  • Live Music – Monday – Sunday – 07:00 – 00:00
  • Late Night Refreshment – Sunday – Thursday – 23:00 – 00:00, Friday – Saturday – 23:00 – 01:00"

Representations must be made in writing by 12 December to:

The Licensing Section

C/O Delamere House

Delamere Street



Or by email to: [email protected]

The application was submitted on 14 November, and any representations must be submitted by 12 December.

View the application online.


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