THE owners of a Stretford venue say they will not be returning after lockdown.

Streford Sip Club, in Barton Road, has made its name as a popular hang-out for a loyal band of customers.

But a spokesman said: "Our tenancy ran out during lockdown and in order to renew and reopen our landlord has insisted on a rent increase and a long lease.

"There have been a few other major blows over the past couple of weeks and all things combined it seems like the right time to hang up our Stretford heels for a bit."

Customers from over the past six years have been thanked for their support.