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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Osborne, Victory Street

Osborne, Victory Street, Rusholme. (c) NewtonBluesMCFC.

The Osborne (or Osborne House to give it its full title) was one of the finest pre-match boozers around Maine Road - and well regarded by ale aficionados - but it has been sadly closed for a few years now.

Osborne, Victory Street. (c) Adam_B at flickr.

A loyal legion of locals and closeness to the curry mile didn't stop this Hyde's house being the last of the four Victory Street pubs (Lord Lyon, Gardeners and the Rusholme Working Mens Club) to fall.  

Osborne, Victory Street, Rusholme. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

Its location, tucked away at the end of Victory Street, hidden between Claremont Road and Platt Lane, didn't help attract floating custom, and it wasn't the most student friendly pub either. 

Osborne House, Victory Street, 2009. (c) Gene Hunt at flickr.

After City moved away the Osborne had a refurb and gallantly soldiered on for a few years but this classic backstreet boozer remains a mere memory for generations of blues.

Osborne, Victory Street. (c) Google 2011. View Larger Map.


  1. A real pity this place has closed - I used to love a pint of Hydes while looking at all the old MCFC photos on the walls - and I say that as a United fan!

  2. Yeah, secretly visited by many Reds over the years. Getting in the GBG gave it some extra customers, but it was always going to struggle when City moved away.

  3. My Grandmother Ada Owen worked there for her Aunty Nonne (Ollier) and met my grandfather William Owen who played football for Newton Heath, Now Manchester United in about 1901. The Osborne House has had a long history, it is a shame to read what has happened to it and the surrounding area during the last 20 years. Ron

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  5. When did this close?

  6. I was student living in Rusholme in the mid 70's. The 4 of us who shared a house around the corner always got a warm welcome in the Ossie. Does anybody rememeber the guy who always talked in rhymes?

    1. The rhymes guy was called Ronnie Todd. The whole family were good characters and well known in the area.