Mad O Rourkes, the West Midlands-based multiple, has been forced to hand back two out of three of its sites to Marston's, the brewer and pub operator Tenant Pete Towler surrendered the leases of the Gornal and Wordsley pubs in the Black Country after revenue fell and profits were hit by the recession. He has kept on his third site – the original Mad O’Rourkes Pie Factory in Tipton. The Wordsley site, in Camp Hill, has temporary management in it and has reopened under its former name The Vine. The future of the Lower Gornal branch, in Himley Road, is as yet unknown. Towler said: “It is with great regret that we have to announce that due to the recession, business has not been as we hoped and we have had to hand back our Gornal and Wordsley premises to Marston’s and retrench back to the original Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory in Tipton.”

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