Another Hyde's house in their central-south Manchester stronghold, this old locals' boozer has recently undergone a significant refurbishment, relaunching itself as a real ale haven on this stretch of Wilmslow Road in Withington. The Victoria dates back to the late 1800s and Hydes took it in 1904, extending the pub into an off licence next door in the 1980s . The result is now a large, open plan pub with pool area to the rear left, open vault to the right, with bar towards the rear, and the place was reassuringly busy for an early Saturday evening. The full range of Hyde's ales are on offer plus a few guests, but we stuck to the bitter and it was on form as usual. The new Victoria is a fine re-addition to the area which comprises largely characterful locals' haunts and characterless student venues.
Victoria, Wilmslow Road, Withington. (c) www.ssmcamra.org.uk/archive/sep10.pdf.