It was with great sadness that the Trafford & Hulme branch learnt of the untimely passing of John Glover from the Old Market Tavern in Altrincham. He passed quietly in his sleep on 21st June. John had always loved this pub in its various guises going from The Unicorn to the Hogs Head and latterly to the Old Market Tavern.

John was abroad with his wife Linda, when he heard that the OMT was up for sale in 2005 and he wasted no time in finding out how he could acquire the pub. He and Linda moved in in April 2006 where he soon established a bar full of 11 hand pumps and an ever changing list of local bands playing you out every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He won the Trafford & Hulme Pub of the Year in 2008 and has remained in their top 5 ever since, narrowly missing getting this coveted award again.

He is pictured here being presented the Pub of the Season, Summer 2014.

John Glover

John was from an engineering background so if he couldn’t get what he wanted he would just design and make it for himself. I had the privilege of him proudly showing me his self made stillaging system in the cellars of the OMT. Very impressive. He not only designed his own equipment, but he also helped George Wright’s brewery design a few of their beers, the most famous one, and one of my own favourites, is George Wright’s, Northern Lights.

I attended his funeral service at Dunham Crematorium on Monday 6th July along with Roger Wood, John Ison, Mike Ginley, Francis Ginley and  Caroline O'Donnell from Trafford and Hulme branch. He would have stood proud to see all the people that turned out in the pouring rain to show their love and respect for John. There were family, friends and customers of the OMT. There were bikers, rockers and musicians of all kinds. Standing room only, we just about made it into the lobby and out of the rain.

The pub is now being admirably run by one of his Grand daughters, Amy Glover with cellar assistance from 2 of John’s sons. Next time you go in there, raise your glass and say a big Thank You for the OMT to John Glover.

Beverley Gobbett – Trafford & Hulme branch CAMRA

By the time you read this, the Quarrybank in Timperley will have re-opened after a major refurbishment. The pub closed at the start of June with it's Bloomsbury Lane location turned into a building site for three weeks. 

Meanwhile, there have also been changes at Sale's The Moorside. Most striking is the changes to the outside area where the formerly open plan patio adjacent to the car park has been remodelled with individual tables segregated from each other by partitions to create what are almost alcoves in an outside area. The partitioning has also been carried on inside.

Travellers on Church Road in Sale will have noticed that the long closed and decaying Wagon & Horse was finally demolished in early June.

The Greyhound in Ashley has re-opened after an extended period of closure.

Sad news in Altrincham where it has been announced that the team of Chris Clish and Gabby Burns-Smith are to return The Orange Tree to owners Enterprise Inns. While the pub has been busier than it has been for many years, they duo have reluctantly concluded that their simply isn't enough trade to keep the pub on. With their track record of success at The Beech Inn, the fear has to be that if this team can't make the pub pay, where will Enterprise find a team who can? Hopefully they will put it on the market at a fair price and give somebody the chance to run it as a free house.

The Dockyard Spiningfields 2 SmallMedia City's The Dockyard has been serving real ales and much more beside to the staff of BBC, ITV and the many other companies based at the Salford complex. They have now expanded with a second Dockyard bar in Manchester city centre opening just after Easter.

Taking over the former Café Rouge unit on Left Bank in Spinningfields (at the Manchester end of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Irwell from Salford's Mark Addy)., the new outlet follows much the same design concept as the original - what might be called industrial chic - but on a more generous budget.

The Dockyard sum themselves up as 'A proper pub, serving proper food and proper ale' - the latter being served from 8 hand pumps on the L shaped bar. Four pumps dispense Thwaites Wainwright (now brewed by Marstons) and house beer Dockyard Ale (a rebadged Thwaites TBC). A separate bank of four pumps server the guest ales which on opening weekend were Seven Brothers excellent IPA, SIBA gold award winning Brewsmith Bitter, Tweed Hopster and Brightside Odin. Purely in the interests of journalistic research, we tried all four and can report that quality ranged from very good to excellent.

As well as the two Dockyards, Owner Steve Pilling owns the Red Lion in High Lane (south of Stockport) and two Damson Restaurants in Heaton Moor and Media City. Dockyard manager Joe Foster tells us that Steve has a passion for local produce and this extends to the ales on the bar so those four pumps will always see local micros featured. Joe had no hesitation in signing the pub up to CAMRA's LocAle scheme on the spot.

The food menu is moderate without being minimalist - classic burgers share with a selection of 'butties' ranging from ham & cheese through to a fish and mushy pea butty, complemented with a selection of ribs, wings, salads and a pie of the day. Sunday roasts are also served.

With its beer range, prices a lot lower than some of their Spinningfield neighbours and an extensive outside area on the banks of the Irwell, the Dockyard looks like a welcome addition to Manchester's pub scene. Find out more at dockyard.pub and on twitter at @DockyardSpin

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As regular Branch meeting attenders will know there has been much discussion over the past couple of years or so about how the City Centre of Manchester is supported by its local CAMRA Branches, and how consistent support is to our City Centre pubs and bars.

There has been much discussion and consultation, and lots of confusion on what cannot and can be done from a CAMRA prospective, with members of the National Executive themselves contradicting each other.

Part of this discussion has been around what is needed to set up a new CAMRA Branch, and as part of this a group of CAMRA members have come together to propose and be the founding committee of a potential City Centre Branch.

Currently the City Centre is covered by three existing Branches – North Manchester, Stockport and South Manchester, and ourselves. The formation of a City Centre Branch would have a major effect on us as a Branch and as part of the process of proposing to set up a new Branch, the prospective Branch Committee is required to consult with the affected Branches and to consider the results of that consultation in coming up with a final business plan for the consideration of our Regional Director and the CAMRA Branches
Committee.

This Consultation meeting has been set for Tuesday 12th May at 8.15 at the Waterhouse in Manchester, a pub which if the new Branch is set up we will lose as a Trafford and Hulme pub.

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Broadheath's The Navigation has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.

No walls have been knocked down or built but it is all new furnishings and freshly painted walls for the pub which stands on the corner of Navigation Road & Manchester Road.  The new Landlady, Julie, took over the last September and has spent the last couple of months trying to obtain the clientele that she wished for.  Julie has 26 years experience in the trade.

This is a Stonegate pub and so it is committed to serving cask ales.  The pub has five handpumps but is currently limiting themselves to keeping three in use until business picks up. It is the intention to have at least one real cider available in the summer.  Everything is very reasonably priced. 
 
They open at 10am in the morning to serve breakfast and then they serve food from noon until 7.30 offering meals and buffet choices.  The Bowling Green is still there ready for the start of the bowling season later in April.  There is outside drinking to the front and rear of the pub.
 
The pub has a large function room on the first floor which has not been used for years.  This is still under going re-decoration but once finished look out for their cask ales and food matching sessions.
 
A Quiz is every Tuesday at 8.30.  The local chess group meets here.  Live bands on Fridays and Bank Holidays.
 

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