Residence in Nantwich - by Espresso Addict

The former Residence restaurant and bar venue on Mill Street is to re-open as The Townhouse Nantwich.

New owners announced last night (July 26) that the outlet would be open late Summer 2020, but few details have been released so far.

“We can’t wait to welcome you through our doors – and yes, the rumours are true… we’ve moved the bar back into the lounge!.

“More details to follow in the coming weeks.”

Residence had been open for around 12 years before announcing it was to cease trading in March this year.

That came just over two years after the venue, a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, underwent a £350,000 facelift which saw a former courtyard at the back of the building converted to extend the eating and drinking spacewith a new cocktail bar and theatre kitchen featuring a wood-fired sourdough pizza oven.

At the time of closing, owner Ben Rafferty cited the impact of Coronavirus as one of the reasons.

Mr Rafferty said in a statement: “It is with sincere and heartfelt sadness that I have made the decision to cease trading with immediate effect.

“It has been an epic journey the last 12+ years. But we are now closed so that we can seek advice as to the best course of action.”

The venue opened in 2007 in the 18th century mansion and was a popular site for weddings and other functions, and also staged events during Nantwich Jazz Festival and Nantwich Food and Drink Festival.

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former Residence to reopen as Townhouse Nantwich
Former Residence to reopen as Townhouse Nantwich


  1. It would be great if the new Townhouse was along the same lines as Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre. It would be more use than a pretentious restaurant.

  2. Conrad Inname says:

    Pete Murphy da grass.!!

  3. Residence – They took my best friends deposit for her afternoon tea hen party. We heard they were closing on Facebook a few days before we were going – no money back!

  4. How could closing in March be blamed against Covid 19?

    • Shrewbridge Lane says:

      By using informed intelligence and realising that the future was bleak.
      As did many businesses who foresaw challenging times ahead

      • Shrewbridge Lane – do you have the lottery numbers for this Saturday ?

        • Shrewbridge Lane says:

          Unfortunately not TC. At 14 mill – 1 , that’s a pure lottery. Seeing trade decline with brexit and a predicted pandemic. It was time to cut and run

  5. Geraldine says:

    Any contact details for the old owner would be appreciated as only days before he closed he took a cash deposit from people with a learning disability for a meal booking for a birthday celebration.
    Or are the new owner honouring previous bookings?

  6. Julian Heaton says:

    Good news, that revamp was a complete disaster so hopefully it will be better when it reopens

  7. Sue Withers says:

    Who are the new owners? Is it roger Densems wine business?

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