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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Star Inn / Red Fox, Church Street / Barton Lane

Star Inn, Church Street, Eccles. (c) Tony Flynn [1].

The Star Inn on in Eccles was a basic Groves & Whitnall boozer at No.87 Church Street where it meets Barton Lane - despite being officially on Barton Lane, the Star was always listed as Church Street.  It can be traced back to 1864 but it was 30 years until G&W, the Red Rose Ales brewery, bought the beerhouse. 

Star Inn, Church Street, Eccles. (c) Tony Flynn [1].

As well as the "commodious free and easy" on Saturday and Mondays, the Star had a billiards table upstairs.  The Star became a Greenall Whitley boozer in 1961 when they took over the Salford brewery, and it was known for its resident mynah bird who would parrot the drinkers and staff [1]. 

Red Fox, Barton Lane. (c) Alan Winfield with permission.

Before its closure, the Star Inn was renamed the Red Fox by new owners, Vaux Brewery, at some point in the early 1990s.  Closure appears to have been in the late '90s or early 2000s and the old pub is now a dental surgery, with the old pub sign post reading "The Crown".

Former Star Inn / Red Fox, Barton Lane. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

1. A History of the Pubs of Eccles, Tony Flynn (1982).

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