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A block of flats now occupies the site.

wirraldrinker - 30 Aug 2018 10:35
Demolition has commenced.
wirraldrinker - 17 Jan 2016 15:37
Still in exactly the same condition as my post of 16th May 2013.
wirraldrinker - 23 Sep 2015 13:15
A planning application has been submitted to the local Authority proposing to demolish this pub and build 28 apartments and associated car parking. I hope it is successful.
wirraldrinker - 25 Jun 2014 14:14
Still closed.
The windows now sport shiny metal sheets and the car park is fenced off to prevent shoppers using it whilst weeds grow unchecked and rubbish accumulates.
Please Enterprise Inns, demolish the place!

wirraldrinker - 16 May 2013 15:07
The last 4 or 5 tenants have all failed despite trying various things to get the punters in.
Time for Enterprise Inns to accept that Heswall doesn't want or need this pub.
It has a large carpark at the side and rear. I would suggest that the pub be demolished and retirement flats be built on the site.

wirraldrinker - 5 Jul 2012 22:03
The girl in charge told me. "We are moving to the George in Bebington".
Don't know who 'we' are but the best of luck. Lets hope you learned from your mistakes and can run the George at a profit.

wirraldrinker - 2 Jul 2012 18:58
Despite an advert in the local paper highlighting forthcoming entertainment and a carvery, there are strong rumours that the Sandon Arms is to close tonight.
Doesn't surprise me, see my previous posts.

wirraldrinker - 29 Jun 2012 13:38
Enterprise Inns has applied to have the restrictions, imposed by the Police and licensing committee due to the behaviour of a previous manager, lifted.
Will await developments.

wirraldrinker - 7 Apr 2012 12:00
An update - the 'mature' manager lasted about 6 weeks! Now run by an attractive and pleasant young lady.
Real ale rather hit and miss - sometimes none available, sometimes one, sometimes two. When it is available it is still £2 a pint which is most welcome.
Still closes at 11pm unless a band is on (perhaps twice a month) when it is open until midnight.
Virtually empty unless there is entertainment.
Still can't understand how it can run under the above circumstances.
Will it still be open at the end of 2012?

wirraldrinker - 7 Mar 2012 11:34
No real ale this weekend - so that didn't last long!
wirraldrinker - 16 Oct 2011 22:09
This pub has reopened as The Sandon Arms, a name it held for many years.
It seems to have changed little inside or out. However the landlord is a much more mature and experienced person than the previous one.
All the usual Eurofiz and keg is available but also two real ales. The ales are currently only £2 a pint! Last night 'Trappers Hat' from the local Brimstage Brewery and 'Hereford Pale Ale' from the Wye Valley Brewery were available and both were well kept. This is a pleasant and welcome development. It remains to be seen how long this situation will continue.
Food is also now available, including Sunday roast.
On the downside several local idiots, previously barred, were back in.
Also the the restrictions imposed by the Police and licensing committee due to the behaviour of the previous manager are still in place - notably 11pm closing and two doormen at weekends.
A very loud covers band was playing on Saturday night and more live acts are booked for weekends.
The place was around half full on Saturday night.
The very best of luck to the new manager but the cost of doormen, bands and ale at £2 a pint with a half full pub just doesn't add up.
I'll enjoy it while it lasts!
wirraldrinker - 2 Oct 2011 20:58
The outside was being painted last week.
I was told it was to re-open but date unknown.

wirraldrinker - 10 Aug 2011 15:14
Closed, boarded up and notice on door to the effect that no items of any value are within the premises.

wirraldrinker - 31 Jan 2011 15:26
Rich boys and their toys mate. A shame as this pub could be decent with a little thought.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 27 Oct 2010 20:10
I've just read in the local paper that the landlord of the Milners, 24 year old David Earnshaw, has been banned from running the pub by Wirral Borough Council following a catalogue of public nuisance and anti-social behaviour incidents. Nice one David, you've only been there six months!
Police said that the Milners caused them more problems than the rest of the town put together.
However, the pub is still owned by David's mother.
Under the new licence the new manager must be a level two national certificate holder, the pub must stop serving at 11pm and be closed by 11:30pm, no 18th birthday parties are allowed and two doormen must be on the doors on Friday and Saturday nights.
wirraldrinker - 16 Sep 2010 10:30
Having been turned away from Barcode on Saturday night due to a 'private party', I thought I'd try the Milners as I haven't been since it was refrurbished and renamed six months ago. However I was turned away due to a 'private party'.
I think it will be some time before I bother again.

wirraldrinker - 6 Sep 2010 12:19
Re-opened and re-named 'The Milners' presumably because it is in Milner Road. Haven't been in yet.

wirraldrinker - 15 Apr 2010 12:02

wirraldrinker - 28 Mar 2010 11:27
Unfortunately this pub is in a downward spiral. The original idea of an upmarket pub/eaterie I felt was a good one for the area. However, the high prices seem to have scared customers away plus its' out of the way location means that it is not visible to the huge number of motorists who pass through Heswall.
They reduced the John Smiths and one lager to £2 a pint a few months ago but invariably they are not available!
Perhaps the owners should simply have opened a restaurant instead of a pub as restaurants seem to thrive in Heswall.
Can't see it staying open much longer.

wirraldrinker - 20 Nov 2009 14:59
Founddrunkinyourgarden, the management must be listening to you!
John Smiths and Carling now £2 a pint and bouncers no longer employed.

wirraldrinker - 3 Aug 2009 10:40
Apart from an initial flurry of curious punters shortly after it reopened this pub is probably the emptiest establishment in Heswall. No real ales and only keg garbage like John Smiths, beer-wise it has little to recommend it. I last visited the place a week last Sunday at about 4pm. I was one of 6 customers. A previous visit on a Saturday night last month revealed a similar number or less. I think that the problems are:
1. Old "shitkicker" clientele have been excluded. They were mostly chavs but they spent some money.
2. Any new, upmarket customers seem to have been put off by the stigma of drinking in the former "Slak" .
3. Prices aren't cheap. £2.95 for a small bottle of Budvar is unsustainable.

A lot of money has been spent on the place but the owners must be more than concerned by a lack of paying public
founddrunkinyourgarden - 20 May 2009 00:23
This pub was formerly 'The Slak’ and before that 'The Sandon Arms’.
It has been completely re-furbished and opened at the end of January 2009 as 'Heswall Bar and Courtyard’
It has always been the most downmarket pub in Heswall but is now arguably the most plush.
Nicely decorated, candles on tables, smart bar area and waitress service. Obviously designed to attract a better class of drinker than in previous years.
I went in there on the opening Saturday night and it was quite crowded with a good age range.
I noticed a cocktail menu on the bar. Draught beers available were Amstel, Heineken, Budweiser, John Smiths and Guinness. (no real ale)

I went in the following Saturday night and it was nowhere near as full and some of the riff-raff from previous years were surveying the place. But worst of all the only draught beers available were Heineken and Guinness! The Heineken is £3:10 a pint!
Later that night I'm told it had its' first fight.
Went in there again for the third Saturday. Still no John Smiths. How difficult can it be to obtain?
All the usual eurofizz was available and I noticed that there was a draught cider. Only half full but none of the riff-raff from last week.

Went in on Sat 28/03/09 was pretty busy, mostly with couples. A guitarist/singer was entertainment.
The doorstaff seem to have cured the riff-raff problem.
John Smiths finaly available.
I noticed the draught cider was Addlestones.
Now advertising food.
Although expensive, the pub is a welcome addition to Heswall’s pub scene.

wirraldrinker - 7 Apr 2009 16:55

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