Words by Gary Carter
A STALYBRIDGE business is to close after plans to build houses on the site were approved.
Roe Cross Green’s tea room will shut its doors on Saturday and everything in it is for sale – including tables, chairs, plates, cups and even its chandeliers.
The shop that operates underneath will remain open until the start of next month but eventually that too will close after the development scheme that will see six houses built was given the go ahead by Tameside Council.
Permission for what is described as ‘demolition of the existing cafe/restaurant building and erection of six x 2.5 storey (Accommodation within roof space), detached, four bedroom dwellings, including alterations to the existing site access/egress and provision of associated hard and soft landscaping’ was given.
However several stipulations were placed on the applicants, Trinity Property Solutions, who are based at the site of the former pub at the top of Mottram Road.
Nonetheless, the business has announced it will be closing in a statement on Facebook.
It said: “We would like to thank all our loyal and regular customers for their visits to us over the past three-and-a-half years, you have been amazing and we have had some great times with you!
“But it is with a sad and heavy heart that we have to announce that Roe Cross Green will be closing at the beginning of Sept 2018.
“We are starting our closing down sale today and everything must go, apart from our shop that includes items from the kitchen and restaurant (tables, chairs, our gorgeous chandeliers, plates, cups etc – larger items can be collected by arrangement).
“The restaurant will continue to serve food until Sat 18/08/2018 and the shop will remain open for the closing down sale until the beginning of Sept.
“So come and visit and pick up some great bargains!! Open Wed – Sunday from 10am.”
Since closing as a pub, the Roe Cross was turned into Roe Cross Green, which opened in 2014.
The Roe Cross Inn was built in 1616 and owned by the Hollingworth family. It is even believed to be a site where Bonnie Prince Charlie set up camp.
It was also believed to be haunted, including the ghost of Mary Hollingworth of the aristocratic family.