Many had feared the worst for the iconic Manchester pub The Deansgate, as it failed to reopen after lockdown restrictions were eased earlier this year.
The historic pub, which occupies a prominent position at the end of Deansgate next to the menacing Hilton Hotel and Deansgate Locks, has been the table and seemingly inappropriate for some months now.
There had been rumors that the pub could be a target for remodeling in such a prime location in the city center.
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The pub, which started life in the city in the 19th century as the Crown Inn, was known for its traditional pub offering on the ground floor as well as a large banquet hall on the first floor.
It has also been a popular destination on sunny days thanks to its “hidden gem” outdoor roof terrace.
But this week, good news has finally been confirmed for The Deansgate’s future – and that it WILL reopen as a pub.
There is no timeline for the reopening yet, however Manchester Evening News has received confirmation from pub giant Greene King that it has acquired The Deansgate for its “premium and urban managed pubs division.”
A spokesman for Greene King said: “We are delighted to bring this iconic pub into our managed portfolio.
“It is well known and loved by the people of Manchester and we look forward to welcoming customers back in the future.”
Greene King boasts a wealth of brands within its hospitality group of over 2,700 properties across the UK, including Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Wacky Warehouse Pubs and Hungry Horse.
It revealed earlier this year that it has taken over the Albert Square Chop House on the city’s Albert Square, under its premier Metropolitan Pub Company brand as a new gastropub for the city.
It will be renamed the Fountain House after a renovation of the listed building, and is due to open to the public next month.
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