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Hardy's Well

(formerly Birch Villa)

257 Wilmslow Road, Manchester
M14 5LN

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This pub is permanently closed. Converted 10/2/18 to flats. Closed 16/7/16

About the Pub

Converted 10/2/18 to flats. Closed 16/7/16 - future was uncertain; although in early 2017, demolition looked likely. As of Sept 2015 the pub had the protection of Asset of Community Value status and was run by a team of volunteers manning the bar and running events to make this into a real community-focused space. History: Formerly the Birch Villa, this was one of Hulme-based Hardy's Crown Brewery houses (note the Hardy's mosaic on the front of the building); there had been a Birch Villa here since 1837. It was sited at the southern end of the Curry Mile, and was noted for its poem (this is by Lemn Sissay, a local poet) writ large on the gable which dominates the wall overlooking the beer garden. Inside this large, high-ceilinged, slightly care-worn, one roomed pub there was a cosmopolitan mix of locals and students. Its draught real ales served as welcome respite to the endless offering of Asian lager from its restaurant neighbours. Evening meals featured steaks, lamb shanks, pizzas, burgers and strangely enough curry! Weston’s Old Rosie was the cider, and you could find entertainment in the two pool tables and the two goldfish behind the bar. The large outside area beneath the famous poem had tables enough to seat 100 people.

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Hardy's Well

257 Wilmslow Road, Manchester
M14 5LN

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53.451740, -2.221909

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