A once popular pub in Ellesmere Port has been demolished.

The Knot in Whitby Road, which last served a pint more than three years ago, was pulled down on August 25.

Since closing, the pub had become derelict, was branded an ‘eyesore’ and had become known for anti-social behaviour.

The Ministry of Justice had to deny rumours the site was to be turned into a bail hostel in January.

Oakwall Ltd made the application to demolish The Knot and previously said they would be redeveloping the land but currently no plans have been put to the council for the newly created space.

Ellesmere Port Councillor Jess Crook said: “It’s a part of Ellesmere Port’s history and obviously it’s been there for years and years.

The former Knot pub has been empty since it closed in 2011

“I look forward to using the new space wisely and creating a vibrant new part of the town on Whitby Road.”


The Knot was originally just called 'The New Hotel' - picture from: Good Old Days - Ellesmere Port Facbeook group

Built in 1911, former patrons have been sharing their memories of The Knot on the Ellesmere Port - Memory Lane Facebook group.

Peter Daly said: “Best pub in the town in its day. When Cliffy and his family ran it in the early 80’s it was at its best in my opinion.”

Jen Evans said: “I worked behind the bar in the Knot and loved it, had a good laugh with the regulars and market traders.

“I remember there was a barman I worked with nicknamed Shaggy, happy times.”

Justin Maddocks said: “It’s a sad day that the Knot is finally gone.”

Karen Dunn commented and said her parents Stan and Sue Phillips managed The Knot from 1967 to 1971.

She said: “We had a colour TV in the cocktail lounge and Russ Abbot and the Black Abbots came in to watch themselves on Opportunity Knocks.”

Comedy legend Russ Abbot

Maureen Wayman said: “The Knot Hotel had great architectural significance having been a fine example of British Arts and Crafts.

“It’s sad to think its importance was never recognised and protected.

“As an aside I think it may have been the only public house in the town to boast a cocktail bar, open in the 1960s.”

Barry Bridge said: "What a shame, my mum worked there for over 20 years as a cleaner. As a young boy, my mum got me a job there, collecting glasses, tidying the car park and washing Cliffs brand new cars for him lol.

"At the right age of 18, I started drinking there. It was the hub of our Great Town. Everyone went there to have a laugh and meet friends. Sadly no one does that now. It's beer and a bottle of wine, and X Factor on a Saturday night. So sad. The late great 80s are well and truly gone."