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Peter Wheelers
Guide to Manchester
(Conference 2010)
Welcome to Manchester.
Since Conference was last here we have had a busy two years.

Despite our best efforts we were beaten at the last election. As a result we face a Conservative Government determined to roll back all the gains made by post-war Labour Governments.

Conference is where we decide how to respond. Having elected a new Leader it's up
to all of us to unite behind him.

We need to defend the legacy of our Labour Government-the massive investment in
schools and hospitals, record levels of international development aid, a minimum
wage and steering Britain through the worst economic crisis for 70 years. We need to
be proud of what we achieved and not let the Tories trash our legacy.

We need to reach out to those voters we lost at previous elections AND to new
supporters who have never voted Labour before. It's not a case of core voters OR
swing voters-we need the support of both.

Crucially we need to prepare our organisation and policies for an election which might
come sooner than many think-selecting our candidates in marginal seats, reviewing
and up-dating our policies and leading the opposition to this governments slash and
burn economics.

Enjoy yourself in Manchester-This Conference is the first step back to Government!
Peter Wheeler
NEC election results

As I am putting this guide
together we don't know the
results of the NEC elections.
All I can do at this stage is
thank all the members for
their support and
friendship over the last
six years. It really is an honour
to be elected to represent
your fellow members. If I am
re-elected I will continue to
put Labour values at the heart
of Labour's campaigning and
work to get rid of this
conservative Government as
soon as possible. If I am not
re-elected I will do the same.

Many Thanks.P ETER

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Manchester is blessed with more than its fair share of good pubs & good beer. As your NEC member I
felt it was my duty to visit (most of) them to check they were up to scratch for you. It’s a tough job
Anyway, as they say…enjoy yourself sensibly. The best beers in town are the localonesH olts ,
Hyde’s, Robinsons & John Willie Lees, all reasonably priced. I’ve grouped the pubs in reasonable little
groups around the conference centre, feel free to go off piste and let me have your comments
07880790182 or emailwhe e le rpeter@h otmail.co.uk if you need any help.
"Beer proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy", Dr Johnson
Oxford Road / Piccadilly
From the conference centre walk past the Bridgewater
Hall and in front of you, you will see “
The Britons
”– Great Bridgewater Street. Good range of

beer including excellent Jennings and apparently 200
different Whiskies. Deceptive in size, if you walk
around the bar there are some very comfortable rooms
and there is a big outside seating area.

Just up the street on the right is the “
Rain Bar
younger pub/bar with good outside seating over-
looking the canal. Further up on the left is “
The Peveril
Of The Peak
” Lots of good beers and a genuine
Manchester Pub. Best table football machine in Town.
Slightly further up is “
The Temple Of Convenience
converted gents urinal. Its actually a lot better than it
sounds, reminds me of some 60‟s bohemian bar I saw
on the telly once give it a try.
Cross Oxford Road and walk up Portland Street you
come to “
The Old Monkey
” a lively Holts's house. Ten
yards further on are “
The Circus
” and “
The Grey Horse
Manchester‟s smallest pubs. Excellent beer, good
atmosphere and „must visits‟ when you‟re in town.
To the left down is China Town the only pub is “
Seven Oaks
” but the Chinese karaoke bars are very
To the right up Chorlton Street is The Gay Village- a big
strip of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants along Canal
Street. A key part of Manchester‟s cultural vitality its
also an excellent place for late drinking “
” is in many ways, the village pub.
Albert Square / Deansgate

The area in front of the conference entrance, between
Albert Square and Deansgate is a rabbit warren of
offices, pubs and restaurants. This area is the site of the
Peterloo Massacre in 1819 and is well worth roaming

round! “Live Bait,” the best fish, restaurant is in this

Peter Street is one long series of bars and clubs, take
your pick. More interesting is the area behind Peter
Street, walk through the little passage by the RAF
recruiting office and the "

Sir Ralph Abercromby
" is on
your left on Bootle Street. Probably the nearest pub to
conference it's next door to the police station so there‟s

unlikely to be any trouble in there. It also has a big beer
garden for enjoy the sun shine. Turn right outside the
pub and across the car park and in front of you is the

Nags Head
” Manchester pub of the year 2007. The
karaoke is good on a Friday, and it‟s a lively city centre
Carry on through the Nag‟s head, i.e out the back door,
and in front of you is the "
Sun Inn
" another good pub
with interesting snacks. If you go out the back door
again and turn right you‟re in Albert Square. This is a
good route to know on a rainy night! Plenty of pubs just
off Albert Square. Walk across it and on the left down
John Dalton Street is “
The Ape and Apple
” a big, down to
earth Holts‟ House.
Down Cross Street is “
Mr.Thomas‟s Chop House
”, good
Victorian pub, good beer. The chops are also very good.
Just opposite over Cross Street, 20 yards up, Chapel
Walks is “
Sam‟s Chop House
.” Beer, excellent, British
food, not for the calorie conscious! Not sure if Tom &
Sam were related!
If you wonder back to Albert Square via Mosley Street,
you will come across the “
City Arms
” excellent range of
beers including Black Sheep and the watering place of
the Manchester City Labour Party.
"Without question, the greatest invention in the

history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that
the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel
does not go nearly as well with pizza."

-Dave Barry
This is the site of the original Roman Settlement of Mamucium, it was actually a castle in a field (we’re very literal

people in Manchester) Nearly 200 years ago this was the most important industrial area in the world. Site of the worlds
first railway station (now the museum of industry on Liverpool Road) and the Manchester end of Bridgewater Canal
what brought cheap coal to fuel the worlds first industrial city, and became a canal spaghetti junction. The area fell into
neglect but has been massively regenerated over the last decade. Its one of the liveliest parts of town and well worth a

Walk down past Peter Street from the conference centre, turn left into Deansgate and you come to the Hilton Hotel, in
the Beetham Tower, if you can get in. The
Sky bar
is well worth a visit. It’s pricey but the view over Manchester here is
worth it and there is a glass floor in the bar which you can stand on and look down to Deansgate 150 foot below. Its
like floating!
Just a bit further down is the "
", good traditional pub with excellent Sunday Roasts. Just a bit further down to
the left is Deansgate locks, an area of bars and comedy clubs. Near the station itself are two excellent bars,
The Atlas
and the
Knott bar
. The Atlas bar is a good place to hang out with a big open area at the back.
The Knott Mill is my favourite round here with good real ales from the Marble Arch brewery and a large open balcony
on the 1st floor. If you carry on by the canal, you come to "
Dukes 92
" and "
", big modern bars in a canal side
setting. The other pub of note is the
on Liverpool Road, excellent food and beer and handy for the conference
centre. It used to be called the Oxnoble, the only pub in Britain to be named after a potato. Unfortunately corporate
management decided it needed a trendy name, one day they’ll come to their senses!

If you fancy getting away from the conference hustle and bustle, just a short walk (or taxi) away is Manchester’s twin city, Salford. Separated from Manchester by the mighty river Irwell, Salford has a style of its own. Originally built on the docks and engineering, the city experienced the devastation brought by Thatcher and her accompanies. We’re getting over that now thanks to a Labour council and a Labour Government - but fearful of what this lot have in store.

On Bridge Street, just on the border with Manchester is
The Mark Addy
” named after a famous local life saver. Here
you can sit by the river and watch the swans.
Just a bit further down past the newly re- furnished Salford Central station, is the"
Egerton Arms
", a Holt’s house and as
typical as a Salford pub as your likely to get. Carry on down, cross over Chapel Street and 50 yards down on the left is
the "
Kings Arms
", this pub has its own theatre and regularly holds gigs with local bands and a wide range of real
Toddle back up Bloom Street, turn right on Chapel Street and about 150 yards on your right hand side is and youre in
Bexley Square, the home of “
The New Oxford
” An excellent free house ran by Tim from Ireland. On a sunny evening this
is one of the best places to sit outside and take it all in. They do an excellent Sunday Roast. Bexley Square saw a
political battle in the 1930’s between the police and unemployed demonstrators outside the local town hall, described
graphically in “Love on the Dole”
Walk a little bit further down Chapel Street and just over the lights on the on the left is "
The Crescent
", make sure
you’re in by 11 and its open until 1am. It’s a well Known fact in Salford that Marx and Engels who had a factory near -
by, used to come in here at the weekend and get hammered.
"Everybody has to believe in something.....I believe I'll have
another drink." -W.C. Fields

"Beer: So much more than just a breakfast drink."

-Whitstran Brewery sign

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