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News from pubs across the branch area.

Unfortunately, the Church Inn on Higher Cambridge Street in Hulme had a kitchen fire in early June.

Fortunately pub was open at time so the fire was put out before anyone was in danger.

Damage is mostly limited to kitchen (although redecoration has taken place due to smoke damage). The kitchen has been closed and is expected to reopen in mid to late July (subject to JW Lees sorting it out).

Since they can't serve food they're not opening Sundays at the moment.

Sip Club Events RoomThe Stretford Sip Club, hidden away above Trading Places on Barton Road in Stretford, is going from strength to strength as locals slowly discover this new gem in their midst.

The bar now has it's own events room which it launched with a sold out whiskey tasting evening. The room can seat around 20 people and as well as the Sip Club's own events is available to hire. More tasting evenings are planned for the future and the bar now also has regular live music nights on Tuesdays and held it's first Sunday quiz night at the end of June.

They are now also opening selected lunchtimes (11 - 3pm) serving coffee & cakes alongside it's full range of beers and wines. Initially lunchtime opening may be variable - call ahead if planning a visit.

The bar is open 5pm - 11pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Two cask ales are now regularly available at all times with the emphasis very much on local breweries. They also have bottles of cider from Manchester's very own Moss Cider Project.




The Brook in Brooklands (adjacent to the Metrolink station) has won JW Lees' Cask Pub Of The Year Award 2014.

Manager David Barlow was presented with his award at JW Lees annual Pub of the Year Awards evening at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. He is delighted to have had his efforts to serve top quality real ales recognised by the family brewer.

Also in the Trafford and Hulme area, the Best Newcomer Award went to  Lisa Adamczyk from The Rain Bar, Manchester

Full list of winners can be seen at www.jwlees.co.uk/news/article/pub-of-the-year-awards



Lee Gorton, owner of The Jackalope, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton has posted this on Facebook:

Right folks, slightly bittersweet news here but The Jackalope, as we know it, is closing it’s doors as of midnight on Sunday, June 1st.

It’s been a wonderful ride, we’ve learnt an awful lot along the way and between me, you and the rest of the world, I think I'm fairly close to finding something, somewhere even more exciting.

But for now, it’s has to be about bowing out with good grace and sharing our final week, drinking, singing, dancing and chatting contentedly, amidst the damn fine company we’ve become accustomed too.

I’ve had more incredible nights within these tiny walls than should have ever been possible and that’s the way I want it remembered.