Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Barleycorn / Didsbury Lodge / Hotel El Morocco / Chimes Hotel, Barlow Moor Road

Barleycorn, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury. (c) novaloca.

The Barleycorn on Barlow Moor Road in Didsbury closed its doors in ealy 2009 but reopened as Albert's restaurant after a significant facelift about about 18 months later.  Frequented in its later years by local celebrities such as Kevin 'Curly Watts' Kennedy and pool-playing Pablo Zabaleta [1], the Barleycorn had a reputation for being rough towards the end - "comfortably the area's worst pub."

Albert's, Barlow Moor Road. (c) findthepostcode.

The Barleycorn was previously known the Didsbury Lodge (here in 1974) as Hotel El Morocco with a casino [1] in the 1950s and '60s (here in 1961), and before that, it was the Chimes Hotel [2].  The Barleycorn had a cellar bar as well, the entrance to which has been blocked off by the owners of Albert's (who also have Albert's Shed in Castlefield).

Barleycorn, Barlow Moor Road. (c) novaloca.

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