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Iconic Manchester music venue The Star & Garter has been saved


Legendary Manchester music venue, The Star & Garter, has been saved by a new deal which will keep it open.

First opened in 1803, The Star & Garter is a 216-year-old, Grade II-listed building which, in more recent years, has been the home to Manchester’s bustling music scene.

As an endless amount of music venues close their doors around the country, The Star & Garter appeared to have the same fate before it was rescued after being purchased by The Mayfield Partnership—an enterprise sees Manchester Council join forces with regeneration experts U+I.

The pub’s landlord, Andy Martin, has signed a ten-year lease with the company to keep the venue alive as part of plans to regenerate the area behind the city’s Piccadilly Station. According to the Manchester Evening News, bosses of the event are also keen to invest in refurbishment in order to keep the venue running.

Landlord Martin said: “After almost 30 years of repeated false promises about the potential redevelopment of Mayfield, I’m relieved and more than satisfied that the Star and Garter, the venue described as the ‘Municipal Fortress of Vengeance’, or ‘The Temple of Doom’ and name-checked in two Courteeners songs, is in safe hands and not destined to suffer the same fate as at least three other music venues in Manchester.

“The plans for Mayfield are incredible and long overdue. It’s the most exciting time for this part of the city that I can remember since the Commonwealth Games.

“Mayfield, London Road Fire Station and the plans by Manchester University to develop its campus means that over the next 10 years the Piccadilly/ Mayfield area will become the most improved and talked about place in Manchester city centre.”