Pubs of Manchester

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Sportsmans Tavern / Queens Arms, Regent Road

Sportsmans Tavern, Regent Road, Salford. (c) deltrems at flickr. [1]

The Sportsmans Tavern was an estate style pub on the left hand side of Regent Road, just before the River Irwell as you approach Manchester city centre  This was Salford's first proper estate pub, opening in 1962 as the Queens Arms or 'Little Queens' as it was nicknamed after the small beerhouse it replaced, to avoid confusion with the 'Big Queens' down the road.

Queens Arms, Regent Road. (c) Salford Pubs of the 70s at flickr.

The shots here are taken from Ordsall Lane with the Piccadilly Plaza in the background in both.  Today the Campanile Hotel sits of the site of the old Queens Arms / Sportsmans Tavern (as it was called for just its last 5 years) which was boarded up and ready for sale, or more likely demolition, in 1990 when the above snap was taken.

Former location of Sportsmans Tavern, Regent Road. (c) Google 2010. View Larger Map.

1. Salford Pubs Part Two: Including Islington, Ordsall Lane and Ordsall, Oldfield Road, Regent Road and Broughton, Neil Richardson (2003).


  1. The pub was only called the Sportsman for the last five years of it's existence. Prior to that it was the Queens Arms or 'Little Queens' (as opposed to the 'Big Queens' just down the road). It had already been around for over a hundred years when it was rebuilt in 1962 as Salford's very first 'estate' style pub. Over the next twenty years more than thirty more would follow...

  2. On the site of the Groves & Whitnall brewery.

  3. I was landlord of the Queens from 1977- 1981, many happy memories of some lovely people, even the odd toe rag gave us a few laughs!