Pubs of Manchester

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

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Mamas / Victoria, Rochdale Road

The Manchester Lodge, formerly Mamas / Victoria, Rochdale Road. (c) googlemaps.

Unlike the three other new entries to our list of lost pubs found in the 1989 CAMRA guide, Mamas is a genuine find.  Just a few yards up the road from Manchester's finest, the Marble Arch, is The Manchester Lodge, a fine looking café at No.85.  Mamas is described as selling Chesters Mild, Chesters Bitter and Whitbread Trophy [1], rather staid offerings compared to its illustrious neighbour now, and probably then too.  Going back a decade or two and this pub was called the Victoria, described as an ordinary pub selling Chesters Mild, Trophy, Guinness and Gauntlet, with the only notable feature being the jukebox which had  some Irish Show Band classics [2].

Marble Arch with likely Mamas up Rochdale Road. (c) googlemaps.

1. Ale of Two Cities, CAMRA (1989).
2. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres (1975).

1 comment:

  1. Mamas was a very popular pub in the early 70s with the lads who worked for the tipper firm Beistys which backed onto it sometimes couldnt get in the place on a friday nights for drivers.