The Pig & Porcupine at the bottom of Deansgate was a modern Boddington's and then Holt's house, and a popular match day haunt for United fans before their journey down Chester Road to Old Trafford. It was also popular with a few Corrie stars from the nearby Granada Studios and was so close to the studios that Granada used the Pig & Porcupine as Liz McDonald's pub, The Queens. It closed around 2005 before reopening as an Italian Restaurant, Negresco.
Negresco then closed in late 2008 and has recently been replaced Lal Quila, of Rusholme's Curry Mile fame, as they expand into the city centre. Although advertised as a bar and restaurant, this is still a curry house so remains off our radar for now.
Lal Qila, Deansgate. (c) Adam B. at flickr.