Countryside Taverns, the 30-strong pub company, was liquidated on Friday March 9, after its voluntary recievership at the end of February.

The company leased its pubs from other operators, including 12 from the Unique Pub Company and others from Punch Pub Company. Half of the pubs are currently still trading under the control of the current landlords. The rest of the estate is closed, with its immediate future uncertain.