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Tyson is a beer hound and cheese addict living in the beery metropolis paradise known as Manchester
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Let's Go Round Again (Maybe We'll Turn Back The Hands Of Time)

Sad news today with the announcement that the Angel, just off Rochdale Road in Manchester’s N/4, has closed its doors for good. Having once been the beating heart of the N/4 as the Beer House, the pub was derelict before reinventing itself as a top food destination under famous local chef Robert Owen-Brown.

Whilst the beer selection wasn’t always to my palate, it was great to see the place supporting local breweries and taking cask (and other beer) seriously. And it was a reminder of the days when the trio of the Beer House, Pot of Beer and Marble Arch ruled supreme.

Now whilst no one doubts Robert’s culinary qualities, it has to be said that perhaps the business side isn’t his strongest forte. Indeed, people have remarked that his various openings and closings are beginning to take on somewhat of a carousel feel. Perhaps that is why in his new venture, he will be restricted to doing what he does best-cooking.

The good news is that this will mean a boost for the Mark Addy where he will take up residence as Head Chef. The Addy lies just over the border in Salford, astride the River Irwell and facing the new (very dull), Spinningfields development. Named after a famous Albert Medal winning Salford publican who rescued over 50 people from the Irwell, the pub has been in the doldrums for a long time. Apparently, the pub will undergo a much needed facelift and we shall have to see what they do on the beer side, but the N/4’s loss is Salford’s gain.

However, is there a chance for another N/4 old favourite to rise again? A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away-when the N/4 regeneration started-I was told that there were plans for the Pot of Beer. I must admit I was sceptical, though. Now most people assume it has been demolished because the building work obscures it. However, it still stands and so, just maybe, it will be the next phoenix on the block...

12 comments:

RedNev said...

I fondly remember drinking in the Beer House and the Marble Arch with Tandleman and other friends in the 1980s after union meetings in Manchester. The meetings were usually in Albert Bridge House, just yards from the Mark Addy, which as I recall we rarely entered. Shame about the Beer House; I rarely get to those parts nowadays.

Davros said...

Bad news about the Angel.I was due to go there for a meal this weeeknd as well.

Tandleman said...

Some dubious types in there at times and the new manager had such a sour face on her.

I assume it went bust?

e myers said...

Shame really.The problem was that although it got busy with diners at weekends and ran some excellent events,it never really captured the daytime drinking trade.And I think although it was supposed to complement the Marble Arch,it actually faced tough competition from it.

Anonymous said...

went in the angel once but couldn't get served because of all the diners,so promptly left.

don't even know where the mark addy is.

Tyson said...

Getting a lot of emails about this. Whilst we don't know exactly why it closed, I think it's fair to say it never reached its full potential. For me, the writing was on the wall when they started closing on Sundays-normally a busy day for dining pubs.

Captain Jack said...

Never been but it must have been shit if it closed.Well according to Biffo the clown,I mean Jeffo. Then again has it closed? Becasue according to Jeffo pubs aren't closing.Well only shit ones. I'm starting so see a pattern here.

Tandleman said...

RedNev - Fondly? Didn't you get your car booked outside the Marble during a stay behind?

Tyson said...

Captain Jack

You're right-he did say something about quality never being truly unpopular. Guess even he can't be right all the time.

Anonymous said...

Happy to say The Angel has re-opened with new management and a new selection of beers and wines. Apparantly a new menu is also coming soon.

RedNev said...

TM ~ yes, I did. I was assured that traffic wardens never came down that side street.

salforddude said...

The Angel under Rob was never even vaguely interested in serving just beer to people. I was made quite unwelcome several times even though I was a supplier (not of food). I always thought it was badly run, it had a massive turn-over of staff, and the food was often not very good-cold plates and the pub so cold you ate in your coat. I used to just about live in the Beer House when Pete Caton had it
I dont hold out much hope for the Addy suddenly becoming a great drinking pub, as it seems to be set up as a restaraunt rather than a pub. Hey ho. It`ll only be a year at the outside before it changes again