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Monday, 6 January 2014

Mark Addy Closes


Yet more bad news for the Manchester pub scene with the announcement that the Mark Addy is to close with immediate effect. The famous Salford riverside pub was expected to reopen after the Christmas break but, citing the cost of upgrading the kitchen and restaurant, the owners have decided to keep the doors closed. Obviously this is a great blow for all the staff concerned and for its well-know chef, Robert Owen Brown.
Opening in 1981 (I think) the Addy soon developed a following for its Boddingtons and, more importantly, its cheese platter. Since then, like many a Manc institution, it has ridden the tides of fortune from featuring in the Good Beer Guide to being one to avoid. However, since it reinvented itself as a destination food stop in 2009 it seemed to have prospered. This was perhaps masking a bigger problem: the state of the building itself. The damp carpets and general state of decay was becoming all too evident. A little TLC wouldn't go amiss.

But it appears that all may yet not be lost. Word is that it will reopen again as a real ale outlet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.  

6 comments:

John Clarke said...

This pub was run by "The Mark Addy Ltd". I'm guessing that this has gone into liquidation and all its assets sold to something like "The Mark Addy (2014) Ltd" leaving its debts behind in the former company. That's why we can expect to see it re-open shortly (after a bit of a spruce up perhaps). All quite legal I must stress but morally....

CubanHeels said...

Morally dubious I agree John. Most drinkers will only care that there is a decent pint. Am I right in thinking that this is the most expensive pub in Salford?

CubanHeels said...

Morally dubious I agree John. Most drinkers will only care that there is a decent pint. Am I right in thinking that this is the most expensive pub in Salford?

John Clarke said...

Yes, it probably is but I think it looks to itself as being in Salford on a technicality and prices itself as a Manchester City Centre pub (which in all fairness it almost is).

Steve Lockton said...

This stinks all the way up the Irwell. How anyone could engineer such a thing and sleep at night I don't know.

John Clarke said...

Well obviously I don't know that's what is planned with the Mark Addy operation (and I'd like to be proven wrong) but it does have the hallmarks of such an arrangement. All will doubtless become clear in the next few weeks.