14 lost Manchester pubs that locals would most like to bring back - including Tommy Ducks and the Navigation

We recently asked readers to name their favourite Manchester pubs which are no longer there and which they would like to see return - here is what they said.
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We recently asked readers of ManchesterWorld to name the pubs in the city which have gone forever but which they would bring back if they could - and we received a massive response.

Hundreds of people left comments on our social media pages as residents queued up to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and recall the city’s watering holes which have now vanished. While Manchester’s food and drink scene is currently thriving, and a look around the city would suggest there is no shortage of places to get a glass or two of something, it is clear that at the same time a significant swathe of the city’s drinking heritage has been lost.

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Here are just some of the Manchester pubs which now linger on solely in the memories of their former regulars - but which people would return to in a heartbeat should they make a miraculous recovery and appear once more.

Which Manchester pubs would readers bring back from the past if they could?

Across more than 600 comments on Facebook readers suggested they would like to see a dizzying array of boozers from every corner of Manchester rise from the ashes.

One that cropped up early in the conversation was the fabled Tommy Ducks, which was on East Street which is now under parts of a Costa Coffee and a Premier Inn across from the Midland Hotel. On its website Manchester brewery Blackjack vividly tells the story of this boozer, which had a number of claims to fame including the fact that women’s undergarments could be seen on the ceiling. The pub came to a controversial end when Greenalls had it bulldozed, an act that was met with a massive outcry.

Other places included:

• The Golden Tavern

• The Cotton Tree in Withington

• The Fountain on Bradford Road

• The Cyprus Tavern

• The New Inn in Droylsden in Tameside

• The Concert Inn on Fairfield Road

The Concert Inn on Fairfield Road. Photo: John AskewThe Concert Inn on Fairfield Road. Photo: John Askew
The Concert Inn on Fairfield Road. Photo: John Askew

• The Navigation in Miles Platting

• The Bull on Kingsway (one reader reminisced about discos being held in the basement there)

• The Commercial Inn in Droylsden

• The Drop Forge in Openshaw

• The Fallowfield Hotel.

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Other places which drew some reminiscing from readers included the Bavaria Bier Halle, the German beer establishment that stood at the entrance to Belle Vue, and Jilly’s Rockworld, a subterranean club on Oxford Road which was a haven for Manchester’s rock, metal, goth, punk and other alternative music scenes until it shut in 2010.