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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Queens / Met Bar / Bar 2, Hope Road

Queens, Hope Road, Sale. (c) Trafford Council. Click here to view full image [1].

The Queens was a big Tetley's house at the top of Hope Road on the corner with Northenden Road in Sale near the old Sale Railway Station.  A popular boozer back in the day, its eventual closure came in about 2007. 

Met Bar, Hope Road. (c) beerintheevening.

What was once a popular family pub had a change of landlord, a disastrous makeover which ended up with bouncers on the doors, and a slow but sadly inevitable decline.  A number of refurbs and name changes didn't help matters.

Bar 2, Hope Road. (c) Closed Pubs.

Renamed Q or the Met Bar and Bar 2 towards the end, it became a haunt of those from the estates at the rougher ends of Sale and was notorious for violence and dodgy dealing.  The view from Sale Station made this big old boozer seem pleasant enough with a drinking terrace...

Met Bar, Hope Road. (c) beerintheevening.

From above, the rambling construction of the refurbished Met - different height and random wings - can be seen.  This prominent location in the centre of Sale near the tram stop (Metrolink, hence the Met) could probably support another pub in a town that is lacking in truly decent ones.

Met Bar, Hope Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

The nearby Wetherspoons (three doors down Northendern Road), Kings Ransom and Steamhouse (both across the road) all serve reasonable ale but aren't great pubs.  However, due to its history, permission was granted to demolish the old Queens and it's been replaced by a bizarrely-located retirement complex.

Former location of the Queens / Met, Hope Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

5 comments:

  1. I think it ended its days as Bar 2, as seen here. As it says in the comments, I think you sent me the link, so you've done a bit of digging since then.

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  2. You're quite right I did, thanks.

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  3. As I said, this was a very nice local in its day. I was living there when it was the Queens and it was very sad to see it go downhill.

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  4. I worked there in the early nineties and it was always rough. Derby day was an experience with bar stools regularly flying from one side of the bar to the other depending on the score.
    Does anyone remember the Sunday night raves? MVITA and a few hundred people in the car park. Very odd!

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  5. I would like to say its first name after the transformation from the Queens, which hasn't been mentioned was 'The Station at Sale' early 90's then all the other names followed, it was quite nice then.

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