"Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty...". J. Sebastian.
Ancoats - "the world's first industrial suburb" - would have been a harsh place any season of the year during its productive heyday. By the 70s and 80s decay and dereliction had taken hold. Now it's the height of trendiness. The little street corner pubs disappeared long ago, including, to the eternal shame of Manchester's rulers, one of our oldest pubs, the Smiths Arms (1775).
But on a happier note, we have new bars, two of which we visit tonight.
First up it's the Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, a spacious, modern styled tied house for the successful Salford-based brewers. We will be there till around 8.30.
Second bar for the night is down the road and across the canal to the Ancoats branch of Cask, situated at 2 New Union St, Cotton Field Wharf M4 6FQ. A sister pub to the long established Cask at Castlefield, the pub opened last November, offering six cask ales.
FFS - it's FUN, it's FANTASTIC, it's ....STUPENDOUS!!