The Jolly Angler – one of Manchester’s oldest pubs – is closing down for good

Another old-school Manchester boozer has tragically been forced to shut its doors for good.

The Jolly Angler, a pub that has sat on Ducie Street for 166 years, has confirmed that trading will cease after Christmas.

One of Manchester’s hidden gems – tucked between Manchester Piccadilly station and Ancoats – the pub has reeled in commuters, visitors and locals alike during the past few decades.

It was originally built in 1854 and was run by the Reynolds family for over 30 years – but according to the current owners, the building has now been sold.

The pub posted a tearful goodbye to their ‘regulars’ on Twitter, saying they were “gutted”.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we tell all our regulars, new visitors and visitors still to come that we will be closing after Xmas this year,” owners said.

“The building is sold and will not continue to operate as a pub. We are gutted but grateful we have a few more months.

They added: “Hope to see more of all our regulars and new folks who still haven’t visited in the coming months. We’re still here to serve fab Hydes Brewery beer and for a socially fun beer or two.”

Manchester has lost a few of its traditional pubs in the past few years, including The Shamrock in Ancoats and The Commercial on Liverpool Road.

Now, sadly, we have another.

So long, Jolly Angler.

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