Enterprise Inns pub Star Inn Acton, pic creative commons by Espresso Addict

A second Enterprise Inns pub in Nantwich is closing, with The Star Inn in Acton the latest to shut.

Current publicans at The Star, on the A534 Chester Road, are moving on to a new pub in Little Bollington.

Today, Enterprise Inns admitted the pub was “no longer ” in their future plans and are to put it up for sale.

It comes just days after the sudden closure of the Wilbrahams Bar and Grill on Welsh Row, Nantwich, which is also part of the Enterprise Inns empire.

A spokesperson for Enterprise Inns told Nantwichnews: “As part of our ongoing business, we do from time to time identify a pub that may no longer have a long-term future in our estate.

“After careful consideration, the decision has made to sell the freehold of The Star Inn, Acton, with no future restrictions on use.

“The current publicans, Paul and Allison, are taking over Ye Olde No 3, in Little Bollington, which will be undergoing a major refurbishment in the near future.

“We hope that their loyal customers will continue to support them and enjoy their hospitality and great food at Ye Olde No 3.”

Some customers blamed the fact publicans are “tied” to the company and have little choice in beer it can buy for departures.

But Enterprise Inns say the “tied model” provides a low cost of entry for people wanting to run a pub as they avoid the cost of buying a pub freehold.

The company, which invested £66 million in its estate in 2014, says it receives around 70 enquiries from prospective publicans every week.


  1. ray bruchez says:

    The common denominator of all these pub closures is Enterprise Inns…
    I have tried to work with them ….Impossible ,,,clueless..living in the dark ages …get real Enterprise …drop your rent…ease off on the ridiculous “mark-up” you hoist on to your tenants…. give them a chance to succeed and some of them will .

  2. I was about to write the same as AP!!! That was a great place!

  3. chris smith says:

    No doubt these pub closures are the result of the usual pubco trick of letting people work their butts off building up a viable business, then see their rents raised to ridiculous figures. It’s been the can use of more pub closures in recent years than anything else. A pub near me had been built up to a successful eating place, after turning over landlords one after the other. They then had a £40,000 rent increase which wiped out all the profit the hardworking couple made. It happens all the time.

  4. And also Enterprise shut down the Boot and Slipper at Whettenhall at the end of last moth.
    It was up for auction, on Thursday but failed to sell.
    Maybe because the locals are trying to get it listed as a community asset.

  5. That’s a shame. We often used to pop in there for a sandwich and a quick pint after a walk down the canal. It was a nice friendly pub.

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