This was a quick visit as we diverted from the main road to try out a good old Holt's house that was new to most of us, bar our Irish chum who'd dodged taxes around here in the 1980s. Back then it was a Whitbread house as Joseph Holt's only took the Orion in the 1990s . Today it has the typical Holt's no-frills ale and atmosphere, and harks back to simpler times with its separate vault (with its own entrance) and lounge. The Orion may have got its name from a landlord in the 1870s and '80s, John Norbury, who had served on HMS Orion, although the pub sign shows a 1930s warship . Whatever the fine details of its history, the Orion is another throwback boozer and one to be celebrated.
Orion, Burton Road, Withington. (c) Gene Hunt at flickr under Creative Commons.