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While the forthcoming reopening of The Orange Tree is great news, elsewhere in Altrincham things aren't so good with no fewer than three pubs closing in recent months.

First to go was The Victoria on Stamford Street - primarily a restaurant in recent years but one that maintained a handpump on the bar and served a decent enough pint of Old Speckled Hen - it has been up for sale since February but remained open until June since when it has appeared closed. Now change of use application has been submitted by "Small Corporate Financial Planning".

The Victoria was followed by The Conservative Working Men's Club on Greenwood Street (not to be confused with the Conservative Club just on the other side of the market hall) which is closed and marked for sale.

Finally, the King George on Moss Lane near Altrincham FC took to twitter on 10th July to announce "Deeply sorry we have had to close but it was inevitable. Thanks to all #regulars #staff and real folk at #jwlees. I hope we stay in touch"