Barbirolli off Barbirolli Square, Lower Mosley Street, in the former Pitcher & Piano recently closed its doors less than a years' trading. V1 Leisure had purchased the lease from Marston's in December 2009, but they were liquidated in September. We never got to try it out as Barbirolli, but as the Pitcher & Piano it was typically dull, overpriced affair (most expensive real ale in town), albeit with a pleasant waterside location. The Pitcher & Piano chain has since moved to another (less pleasant) canal-side spot at Deansgate Locks.
In this form, Barbirolli is no loss, but maybe if someone with a bit of acumen took it over and offered decent ales and interesting bottled beers, this location could make a go of it. Its proximity to the Bridgewater Hall, Midland Hotel, GMEX - and classic pubs like the Britons Protection and Peveril of the Peak - suggest it could thrive.
Barbirolli, Lower Mosley Street, 2009. (c) City Life.