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A postcard from London

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, HISTORY, LONDON (JAUNTS), PAST PLACES with tags , , , , on May 8, 2010 by echostains

Just a short slide show of some of the places we went to and the sights we saw in our recent trip to London.  From treasures of the V and A which would fill a whole post,  to the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields where some of Jack the Ripper’s victims frequented…..

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The Star Inn: Resurgence!

Posted in HOME, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on November 7, 2009 by echostains

The Star Inn, a new start

The weather may have been windy, wild and blustering: the rain pelting down, but what an exciting day it was for The Star Inn!  Today another door opened on a new  exciting chapter in the pubs history!  They thought it was all over – but it wasn’t!  In truth, it’s only just starting!   The people entered the forsaken pub and claimed it as their own!  Unbelievably, a few short weeks ago, the Star Inn had a very uncertain future and was up for auction.  The brewery may have  abandoned it, but instead of fuming helplessly and looking for a new local, the people rallied round and saved it by putting their money where their mouths were!

open house

Filming continued today. Despite the rain, and the bar being dry, spirits were high and everyone is so full of hope for the future.  Hard work will ensue as the pub opens its doors at 10 a.m. tomorrow and the practical jobs are distributed and sorted out.  There are exciting plans in store for the peoples pub: including an indoor Ladies lavatory.  Lots of social events and possibly even its own   micro brewery are planned!  What an exciting and heartwarming story this truly is.  People are not only putting their money into their local, they are also putting their hearts, services and their time.  The letters that spell out its name may have been taken back, but nothing can stop the Star from going forward: it’s bright light shining onwards as it has done for the best part of  140 years!  Cheers!

a new beginning

The resurgence of this 1867 building is already starting.  If you can help in any way at all, please get in touch with Margaret;

STAR
E-mail Address(es):
  StarOnTheCliff@live.co.uk

Follow this story from the beginning;

The Auction

What Happened

Star Inn a Cliff Hanger

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

The Star Inn Salford: It’s all Over………

Posted in HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , on October 17, 2009 by echostains

Yes, the proverbial Fat Lady has just sang, and it’s not last orders!  The regulars have only been and gone and done it….saved the Star from being flattend or converted or whatever unknown fate awaited it!  Regulars got together and bid at for their beloved local when it came up at auction.  They put their money where their mouths were and are now the very  proud owners of this 1860s built pub!

The Star Inn will shine again

The Star Inn will shine again

At a meeting last night at The Friendship Inn,  Prestwich, the new owners and supporters were out in force to celebrate and ruminate about their  plans for the future regarding their pub.   Yes their pub!  They have loads of ideas already about how to make the pub viable.  There’s building work to be done and a manager to be got, but these are mere details: the mood is positive.  The hard work shall begin as soon as possible, and they hope to be open for business in time for Christmas. 

just a few of the supporters of the Star Inn at the Friendship In Prestwich before it got packed out

just a few of the supporters of the Star Inn at the Friendship In Prestwich before it got packed out

 It was strange to see these jubilent regulars out of their environment and in The Friendship and the atmosphere was so uplifting!  It’s people who make a pub, not the building, as was evidenced last night,  I saw loads of  people I hadn’t seen in years – a great night was had by one and all.  There’s a meeting next Tuesday, same place same time and I’m really looking forward to it.  Surely, with pubs closing at the rate of between 27 and 52 per week, this must give hope for those who are likely to lose their locals?

Read my first  post about the Star Inn HERE

The latest  developments so far HERE

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

The Star Inn, Salford: Time for Last Orders (or is It?)

Posted in HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on October 10, 2009 by echostains

The Star Inn back Hope Street Salford up for auction

The Star Inn back Hope Street Salford up for auction

It is nearly 30 years since my father and I discovered this pub.  It became a firm favorite of ours and saw many a family celebration.  I’ve not been in for a few years, but I’m going in tonight.  It may be to say goodbye…but  then again it may not be the last time I see this old friend …  You see the pub is up for auction soon.  Whoever buys it will knock it down to build! It’s a real ale pub too.  But it’s not going to be demolished without a fight.  The locals are fighting to save this hidden gem!

In January of this year, the pub won the Neil Richardson Trophy from the Campagne for Real Ale, so it is even more of a mystery how this state of affairs has come about!  The pub does have CAMRA on it’s side though and the locals are putting their money where their mouths are – so ANYTHING can happen!!!

Read what happened to the pub in my update HERE

 

There are some really good pics of this area (The Star included) HERE

More about the history of the place HERE

Of course, if you are interested in buying a stake in  this historical pub ….HERE’S  where the auctions at!

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk

If you would like to join our ;Friends of the Star Inn Salford’ facebook group please click HERE

It’s Showtime…at the Circus Tavern again!

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, PAST PLACES with tags , , on August 19, 2009 by echostains

The tiny Circus Tavern Portland street Manchester City Centre

The tiny Circus Tavern Portland street Manchester City Centre

Once again we went for a drink in the tiny Circus Tavern Manchester.  What a great little pub this is, so full of personality and personalities.   This time we sat in the backroom.  This is full of football memorabilia.

Longsight Lads out

Longsight Lads out

As soon as you go into this pub, people start talking to you!  Complete strangers start up conversations!  Singing is positively encouraged!  I couldn’t believe it!  We got talking to a lovely couple and joined in the singing.  Also we met these great lads from Longsight Manchester.  This pub is highly recommended on a night on the town.  The bar is tiny so it’s waitress service, and it’s always service with a smile!

Circus Tavern back parlour

 

 

Circus Tavern back parlour

Last Night I joined the Circus!  See my previous post about this place HERE

Last night I joined the Circus……

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, PAST PLACES with tags , , on July 11, 2009 by echostains

Portland Street, home of the Circus Tavern

Portland Street, home of the Circus Tavern

I went out last night..I won’t say ‘never again’, but NEVER AGAIN!  All I can put it down to is the hot weather and drinking a wee drop too much!  I’ve not had a hangover for years, I never drank alcohol at all for 5 years and never even missed it.  But last night I found myself turning into Oliver Reed lol!

circus decor

circus decor

In the past, I’ve often thought of running away to join the circus – well last night I did!  We went to a pub that I’d never been to before.  It is reputed to have one of the  smallest bars in Britain. The Circus Tavern is situated at 86 Portland Street and  is a tiny little  pub, full of interesting people.  The walls are plastered with photographs and memorabilia.  Apparently circus folk would meeet in this listed building before going on to do their circus acts in the nearby circus in Chatham  Street.

Kate, Memed and Emma

Kate, Memed and Emma

We met 3 interesting people last night.  Katie, a Visual Arts student, Emma, a Design student and a Magician called Nemed Phoenix.  He was rather good too, had us gasping with delight.  I don’t normally like magic tricks, but his were REALLY good.  He’s taking bookingsI believe and can be contacted at nemedphoenix@hotmail.com. Book early to avoid disappointement!

Circus patrons past and present

Circus patrons past and present

But, back to the Circus (Tavern).  The bar is so tiny that there is waitress service.  From what I could see, there are two tiny side rooms.  The atmosphere, even though there weren’t many people in last night, is palpable, and even the paint reeks of personality (a little like the French Bar in Soho London).  The building itself was built around 1790 and is listed.  I shall be certainly popping in again…….(obviously not learned my lesson lol!)

There’s a good review of this pub HERE

See my post ‘A Bohemian at Heart? or an Ass in Bohemia? HERE from my ‘London Belongs to Me’category

Last Orders? I’m Not calling a Joey Holt’s to it!

Posted in HOME with tags , , on February 7, 2009 by echostains

working mans int and lets not kid ourselves

working mans int and lets not kid ourselves

My God!  I’ve been out and I’ve just come back and the Demon smoke is after me, and yes I’ve had a few! No demons are following this fine ship, only dolphins……

Beermat of the Joey type

Beermat of the Joey type

What are ‘they’ actually trying to do?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to go into a pub as an ex smoker.  The Holt’s pubs seem to have done great here.  They have stuck to the tenet of the ‘Working man’s pint’…only there IS no working man any more….That hasn’t stopped them.  Smoking and drinking and the working man go hand in hand.  All the Holt’s (as in Joseph Holt) have smoking rooms outside.  They are doing OK.  They also offer curry nights, pizza nights and other cheap nights out.  Sitting there tonight  in quite a few different Holt  pubs, I was aware that the mixture of people mostly consisted of 60s and 20s age groups.  Me and hubby are in the middle of course.  But it’s nice to know that this tradition shall still go on, and that some things never change.