POPULAR Saddleworth pub landlords will step down after five years of success.
The Cross Keys in Uppermill will soon have a new name above the door after the current management decided a change was needed.
Despite growth, brewers JW Lees will have a new landlord from July 18.
In a statement on their social media pages, current proprietor David Devine said: “After an amazing 5 years we decided, after careful consideration, that we wanted to take a rest from the pub industry and as a result we informed the brewery that we would like to end our tenancy.
“During the last five years we have seen the pub change and grow, especially with the extension to the patio and the full refurb throughout.
“Over that time we have also come to know the local community and have met amazing people along the way.
“We would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported us throughout the years.
“We have also had an amazing team around us, I won’t list them all here but you know who you are and to the team we have at the moment and also those that have gone to pastures new, thank you for everything you have done for us, we couldn’t have done it without you.
“Over the last 3 months JW Lees, who have been a very good brewery to be in partnership with, have gone through an extensive selection process for the new tenants and we can confirm that the couple taking over will be doing so on the 18 July.
“If you feel like calling up for a drink before hand we’ll be around most evenings, we’re also having an informal get together this Friday (July 13).
“Thanks again to everyone and I’m sure we’ll see you around!”
The Cross Keys is the third pub in Saddleworth to see a change behind the bar this year, following The Clarence in Greenfield and The Swan in Dobcross.