Pubs of Manchester

All pubs within the city centre and beyond.
A history of Manchester's hundreds of lost pubs.

Monday, 24 May 2010

081. Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane

Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane. (c) chas.eastwood at flickr.

The Town Hall Tavern has tried just about everything in its time, including stints at Copperbutts, Flairs and Tavern In The Town following its time as the Town Hall Hotel, as seen in 1959. From young persons pub, to office type, to comedy club, to its current format of just welcoming everybody, which it seems to have settled on and to reasonable success. Now in the same ownership as the Waldorf we have at least seen real ale return here to a premises that used to be only good for its Guinness. Whilst only Deuchars was on the other day (and this took a bit of encouraging of the bar manager to put a new barrel on) there are rumours that Marble beers will soon be stocked on a regular basis as well. Let's be thankful for this, as in the past it was a keg Bass and M&B house only, as shown in these 1970s and 1987 photos from the Archive. By the 1990s it had become a Good Beer Guide featured pub with Deuchars and Timothy Taylors Landlord on regularly.

Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, 1990. (c) deltrems at flickr.

The pub itself is set on three levels, with the main pub at the front, a sunken back room and a function room upstairs capable of holding 80 people (I'll believe that when I see it). We shall be trying out the function room for one of the forthcoming World Cup matches so will comment again about this and the Marble beers at that time. It's an little odd pub and one that you will find yourself calling in at whilst on a pub crawl of Manchester, but would you want to spend more than a couple of hours here? I don't think so. But we may be able to be convinced.

Town Hall Tavern, rear lower ground floor entrance. (c) markydeedrop at skyscrapercity.


  1. Probably at its best in the early 90s when it was in the GBG and had Landlord, Deuchars etc on.

  2. Used to call in on a fairly regular basis in the early '60's. as part of the Saturday crawl. Always fascinated by the sunken back room.