People say 'The Mons needs to stay' as owners address McDonald's speculation

General view of The Mons pub in Bootle
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

People declared that "The Mons needs to stay" after its owner addressed speculation about the pub's future.

The Mons, which has been found on the junction of Breeze Hill and Southport Road in Bootle since 1966, has been the subject of plenty of rumours in recent weeks. Now part of Mitchells & Butlers' Stonehouse chain, The Mons recently reduced its opening hours meaning it is closed on a Monday and Tuesday. It is only open for drinks and no longer serves food.

In recent weeks, the ECHO has received a number of emails from Bootle residents saying The Mons was closing down. One person suggested it was being sold to a developer while another claimed it would become a McDonald's.

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Bootle-based Facebook groups have also been full of speculation about the future of The Mons site. A number of posts on social media have asked whether the pub has closed for good or if it will close soon, with commenters putting forward a number of different rumours about what the site could be used for.

However, a Mitchells & Butlers spokesperson told the ECHO on Monday that The Mons is not closing. The company said the pub has not been sold to developers and it is business as usual.

After the ECHO reported that news, some readers expressed their relief the pub is saying put.

Colette Sweeney said: "We need to save our locals, they were and still are the heart of the community, meeting up with family and friends, for a little catch up even if It was once a week, or at weekend."

Richard Dickinson said: "Last thing we need around here is another McDonald’s." He added: "The Mons needs to stay."

Michael Ferguson had fond memories of the pub. He wrote: "I went to the opening (free beer). We're twinned with a town in Belgium."

The pub, which takes its name from Bootle's twin town in Belgium, Mons, first opened in 1966 as part of the Walker brewery chain. A flyer for its opening read: "Enjoy the continental atmosphere of the Belfry Bar and Lumecon Lounge. The Hainaut Banqueting Suite, with sprung dance floor and cocktail bar, is available for private functions."

It added: "Walkers Bitter and Tetleys Mild and, of course, a full range of wines and spirits. Ample car parking area for patrons."

About the site's future, Stan Roberts suggested: "(It would) make a great Wetherspoons."

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