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Monday, 22 February 2016

St Ann's Tavern / Horts, St Ann's Square


St Ann's Tavern, St Ann's Square. (c) Tim Martin with kind permission.

St Ann's Tavern was a basement bar on the square, and was later known as the wine bar, Horts. It was one of Manchester's first proper continental beer bars, with Carlsberg Hof, Heineken Special Export and bottled Lowenbrau, Kronenbourg, Reschs and Castlemaine on offer, as well as the more usual Tetley and Guinness [1].


St Ann's Tavern, St Anns Square. (c) Tim Martin with kind permission.

There was an Italian bar billiard machine in the St Ann's Tavern, and next door was originally a Henekey Inn steak and schnitzel bar [1], later a Quality Inn, as seen in the above photos courtesy of Tim Martin. In the era of Horts, the larger upstairs bar was called Ronnies Cafe Bar.


Horts, St Ann's Square. (c) Alan Winfield with kind permission.

Sadly the old St Ann's Tavern, and its neighbour up above, are now a McDonald's 'restaurant' on this beautiful but pub-less Manchester square.

St Ann's Tavern, St Anns Square. (c) Aidan O'Rourke at www.aidan.co.uk.

1. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres (1975).

30 comments:

  1. I used to go in here with my pals in the late 90's, early on a Saturday evening. It was more of a bar than a club and used to have pitcher deals on the lager. As far as I can remember it closed in about 2000 ???. Apparently it was there quite some time as some of our parents used to go there as well.

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  3. I worked there in the late 80's. Thanks for the memory.

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  6. I worked there in the early 90s best years of my life we used to have a ball

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  8. The wagging wicker or rattan fans in,Ronnie's were a feature I remember well!

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  9. Always remember going there when in 6th form. 50p pint happy hours did til going to club for fake 18th birthdays

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