Pubs of Manchester

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Friday, 8 April 2011

Hope Inn, Chester Road

Hope Inn, Chester Road. (c) mrrobertwade (wadey) at flickr.

Until recently this traditional little Hydes Brewery pub on the corner of Chester Road and King Street, Hulme, would open in the evenings to a small band of locals.  However, the recent sale of the pub to Lau Yuk, who planned redevelopments, led to squatters taking over when building work halted.  The internal shot in the Manchester Evening News story gives an indication of the old fashioned bare boards interior [1].  

Hope Inn, Chester Road. (c) Simon Pendrig / newscopy.

The Hope Inn hasn't changed much in appearance since 1945, apart from roof hoardings which proclaimed "Hydes Anvil Brand Pale Ales & Special Stout -- Hydes Ales & Oatmeal Stout", which gives an idea of the range of ales available to the war-time and post-war punter [2]. Once the squatters are evicted from the Hope Inn it'll be interesting to see if said redevelopment involves retaining its use as a pub...

Hope Inn, Chester Road. (c) Pimlico Badger at flickr.

2. The Old Pubs of Hulme & Chorlton-on-Medlock, Bob Potts (1997).


  1. This was a cracking little pub. I was a semi-regular visitor for a short time when it was in the GBG and I would take out-of-towners there. Sadly, just one of many pubs you just don't get to often enough.

  2. Despite driving past it untold times & saying "must pop in there" we never did... probably won't get the chance to now. Didn't realise Hydes had sold it until the squatters story broke.

  3. This was my Uncle Brian Davis (rip 2010) pub in the 60's and 70's. Great place, those that went in might remember he always had a huge alsation half way up the stairs. Nobody got past that! Many a fight there so I have been told, many characters through the doors and shame it has gone now, like so many other corner local pubs.
    Think his wife Betty went on to run the Phoenix on Oxford Rd