Until recently this traditional little Hydes Brewery pub on the corner of Chester Road and King Street, Hulme, would open in the evenings to a small band of locals. However, the recent sale of the pub to Lau Yuk, who planned redevelopments, led to squatters taking over when building work halted. The internal shot in the Manchester Evening News story gives an indication of the old fashioned bare boards interior .
Hope Inn, Chester Road. (c) Simon Pendrig / newscopy.
The Hope Inn hasn't changed much in appearance since 1945, apart from roof hoardings which proclaimed "Hydes Anvil Brand Pale Ales & Special Stout -- Hydes Ales & Oatmeal Stout", which gives an idea of the range of ales available to the war-time and post-war punter . Once the squatters are evicted from the Hope Inn it'll be interesting to see if said redevelopment involves retaining its use as a pub...
Hope Inn, Chester Road. (c) Pimlico Badger at flickr.
2. The Old Pubs of Hulme & Chorlton-on-Medlock, Bob Potts (1997).