Beloved Manchester pub The Britons Protection is under threat – how to help

One of the oldest pubs in Manchester, The Britons Protection was established in 1811 - but now its future is at risk

Landlord Allan Hudd and owner Mark West have put 10 years of passion into maintaining what Great British pub The Britions Protection is all about.

One of the oldest pubs in Manchester, The Britons Protection was established in 1811.

Situated on the corner of Great Bridgewater Street, the pub holds a unique place in Manchester’s landscape and has become a must visit site for their specialist whisky collection, boasting over 300 bottles.

This includes their own unique offering of specially selected single barrel Jack Daniels, as well eight rotating locally sourced cask ales on draught.

Deceptively small, this extremely traditional and popular pub has a snug and a lounge to the back of the pub as well as a large beer garden and function room.

But now, the future of the pub is under threat – and landlord Allan has launched a petition to help.

“Brewery subsidiary Star Pub & Bars under parent company Heineken UK have opted not to renew the lease of the current owners,” Allan explains.

“This will have a massive impact on the offerings and running of which the Britons Protection has become known for over the decades.”

If lost, says Allan, “it will fall into the abyss of generic gastro pub white washing that has befell so many others, seeing the offerings whittle down to minimal portfolio that would no longer be able to support the local breweries or offer such a vast selection of whisky as is common place just now.”

The pub is now asking for help to secure its future.

“We need your help!” they said on a Facebook post.

“We are looking to get support from the local community to help us keep The Britons Protection the pub we know and love.”

Currently, the petition has reached over 1500 signatures, with fans describing it as “an institution”, “a key heritage asset”, “a real historic treasure” and “an iconic Manchester landmark” in the comments.

“Help us keep the Britons as it should be – steeped in local heritage, serving local beers and raising great whisky to all who enter,” asks the pub.

To find out more and sign the petition, click here.


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