Pomona Palace, Cornbrook Road, Cornbrook, Hulme. (c) Pubs of Manchester.
The Pomona Palace is a recent closure with the boards having gone up in summer 2013. Some expected this is to be a temporary measure until the football season started up again and match day trade would boost the coffers. However, this has not happened, so the Pomona Palace joins the Hope Inn which closed a couple of years ago, and some which were lost a little longer ago, the Railway, the Turville and the recently burnt-out and demolished Bulls Head.
Pomona Palace, Cornbrook Road, Cornbrook, Hulme. (c) Adam B. at flickr.
This corner of town, on the edge of Hulme and near the start of Old Trafford, is now entirely pub-free, whereas only a few decades ago it was a locally famous pub crawl, also taking in the Cornbrook Inn, the Manchester Regiment and the Star estate pubs, not to mention the boat, North Westward Ho. It's surprising that no pubs can make a go of this potentially lucrative location on the way to Old Trafford football and cricket grounds, which see millions of visitors per year.
Pomona Palace, Cornbrook Road. (c) Pubs of Manchester.
I remember a late night (early morning) lock-in at the Pomona Palace some years ago but I don't recall the beer offering. It was a Taylor's Eagle house in 1961 when it had more neighbours, as seen in 1966. Go back further and the Pomona Palace and its famous gardens which gave the pub its name once stood here until the Manchester Ship Canal was constructed during the 1870s and '80s. This ghostly image shows where the palace once stood: