Pubs of Manchester

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Coach & Horses, London Road

Coach & Horses, London Road, 1986. (c) Mick Pye.

The Coach & Horses, seen above and below in 1985 on London Road, was originally an artisan's house with a workshop on the top floor [1].  It ended its life as a Tetley house at the bottom of Piccadilly Approach on the corner of Upton Street.

Coach & Horses, London Road. (c) Alison G.

The knackered rectangular sign on the side looks like a Bass sign and in Manchester in the '70s there is a photo of the pub with Double Diamond (The Beer That Men Drink) signage.  Before it closed it was also offering Jubilee Stout and Worthington 'E' as seen in the top photo from Mick Pye.

Coach & Horses, London Road. (c) Geograph.

The barber's next door of course ended up as the famous Piccadilly Indian.  I remember having a particularly dodgy-looking but very tasty curry in there on the way back from Bolton in August 1999, so the little old Hillman motor is a bit of a red herring. 

Piccadilly Indian Restaurant (Coach & Horse boarded up). (c) Aidan O'Rourke.

The City Inn Hotel complex now stands on this site in this part of the city centre that has been utterly transformed in recent years.  Visitors to Manchester who've not been back in a while must get a shock when coming out of the station.

 Coach & Horses, London Road, 1985. (c) Alison G.

1. Manchester in the 70s, Chris Makepeace (2007).


  1. I read somewhere that the Coach and Horses was 'reputed' to be one of the oldest pubs in Manchester?

    I can only presume if that is the case this Victorian job was built over the original Coach and Horses which is often the case.

  2. I think even the final structure predated Victoria. Though it usually stocked Tetleys, it was a genuine free house; one of the few places you could enjoy a pint of the late lamented Winkles Saxon Cross. It also stocked Pollards and a changing range of guest beers. When the bland, late period Ruddles County turned up, I remember asking the landlord why. "They give me a telly." was his laconic reply! Sadly missed.

    1. The landlord was a fine chap called Bill O'Reilly. I drank there from 1978 - 84 and reckon it was the best pub ever. Bill died a few years ago and has a plaque in Mother Mac's (Back Piccadilly). He started to sell grub in the early 80o's and obviously became known as Reilly - Ace of Pies. 'I'll have a Guiness with you' was my favourite mannerism of Bill's.

      Mark Harrison

    2. Mark I remember Bill. I used to drink there with the Head Security man from the Portland His name was Mike - can't remember his surname. He was an Irish man like myself. That would have been 1979-81. What a great pub it was.
      Harry McMahon