The Old Garratt – Manchester

127 Princess St Manchester M1 7AG.

Once there was a hall that’s all – The Garratt Old Hall.

Seen here in this well preserved glass negative print of 1910 – I assume that the hall was demolished around this time.

The surrounding area also boasted a Garratt Dye Works, Mill and Bridge.

Then rather confusingly the Old Garrick pub appears in 1844 – demolished in 1965.

1973 and the Old Garratt opens as a Boddington’s house.

Seen here in its original flat-roofed concrete and glass, brewery branded glory – typical estate pub architecture, though sadly lacking an estate to speak of.

Alongside on the railway viaduct is a poster for the then ubiquitous and iniquitous Tartan Bitter. Happily the Garratt sold a great pint of Boddington’s Bitter on cask, a milky pale pint that went down so cheap and easy.

On one occasion we all met up after work to have a drink before going to the The Carousel on Plymouth Grove to see The Pogues – we never made it, I assume Shane and the lads did.

Time changes everything the Cream of Manchester is now a somewhat sour subject, the Old Garratt has dropped the old in favour of Ye Olden Days, a look which it clearly lacked.

Modernity is now dragged up as a cut price stage set coaching house caprice, replete with lamps, black and gold lining, columns and pediments.

The pub that thinks it’s a pack of John Player Specials.

Add a little neon and faux grass and voila – a dog’s dinner for two or more.

At least it’s still open for business.

Archival photographs from the Local Image Collection

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3 thoughts on “The Old Garratt – Manchester

  1. I went in here only once, years ago when I worked at the Salisbury. Never again, assuming it’s still the same as then. I now drive past it daily on my commute and often wondered where the estate might’ve been, with it being a flat-top pub and all. That link to the Manchester history site was really interesting. Please continue doing these, they really brighten my day when I get a new one!

    On Thu, 9 May 2019 at 18:01, Manchester’s Estate Pubs wrote:

    > modernmoocher posted: ” 127 Princess St Manchester M1 7AG. Once there was > a hall that’s all – The Garratt Old Hall. Seen here in this well preserved > glass negative print of 1910 – I assume that the hall was demolished around > this time. The surrounding area ” >

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