Pubs of Manchester

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Pack Horse, Deansgate

The Pack Horse, Deansgate. (c) Ruba.

Tucked away behind Deansgate Station, this busy, red-brick built, traditionally-styled pub originally dates from the 1796 and was apparently home to its own resident ghost. Catering for different types of clientele according to the time of day, the business crowd came in for the imaginative lunchtime food and after work drinks, while pre-clubbers called in to hear the Friday and Saturday night DJs before going round the corner to the vibrant nightlife of the popular Whitworth Street and Castlefield [1]. It was also one of the first pubs to have the distinctive red felt specialist pool table.

Former Pack Horse, Deansgate. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.

The new pub was built in the 1890s on the site of a century-old alehouse which itself replaced an earlier Pack Horse across the road (then owned by Cronshaws Brewery of Hulme), pulled down to make way for a warehouse when the Bridgewater Canal came to town [2]. It was "sympathetically converted" in the middle of the '00s into flats.

1. Ruba.

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