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Chorlton’s Horse & Jockey Pub Reopens

Landmark boozer to become ‘urban country pub’ after £250k refurb

Published on March 26th 2014.

Chorlton’s Horse & Jockey Pub Reopens

THE HORSE and Jockey pub on Chorlton Green is to reopen after a £250k refurbishment.

“The Horse & Jockey has always fulfilled a fundamental role in Chorlton; not just as a place to eat and drink, but as a real part of the local community. In having done so, it has taken a little wear and tear so really needed the makeover."

It will relaunch as Chorlton’s new ‘urban country pub’. All we need to know is what one of those is.

Pub on the greenPub on the green

The interior of this 400 year old building has been restored, the kitchen extended to accommodate a larger and 'more creative' menu and the bar has been renovated to 'offer an extended Bootleg craft beer range and deluxe deli counter offering a takeaway service'.

So it's to be an Urban Country Pub Deluxe Deli Takeaway. It's got it all. 'Barry, we're going to need a bigger sign.'

The Horse and Jockey has been an institution in Chorlton positively and negatively. In the nineties and early noughties, apparently, it was a mental institution and older readers might recall the permissive attitude to underage drinking.

In 2009 it was cleaned up, refurbished and since then has started to live up to its prominent position on Chorlton Green. The pub houses its own microbrewery, the excellent Bootleg Brewery, and holds a number of community events including open air music concerts, farmers markets and beer festivals. 

Rebecca Daniels, Marketing Manager for Joseph Holt said:

“The Horse & Jockey has always fulfilled a fundamental role in Chorlton; not just as a place to eat and drink, but as a real part of the local community. In having done so, it has taken a little wear and tear so really needed the makeover.

"Customers can expect the same friendly environment and quirky characteristics, but in a more pleasant setting.”

With the refurbishment of Lloyds up the road by JW Lees, it seems Manchester's traditional breweries are staging a fightback in Chorlton. 

The relaunch party is to be held on Saturday 29th March midday-midnight. 

Horse & Jockey, 9 The Green, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9HS.

0161 860 7794. Email: info@horseandjockeychorlton.com

Horse and Jockey

Horse and Jockey

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24 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

What the Jockey forgets is that it's just a pub - and it's just a pub in an area where there are other pubs which offer a much MUCH higher standard. The slowness of the service, and the attitude of the staff are legendary. Too many children, too many dogs.

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Ghostly TomMarch 26th 2014.

I like the dogs....a lot better behaved than most people....

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

If you don't like children or dogs, or overpriced craft beer, then maybe Chorlton's not the place for you.

Aaron CornishMarch 26th 2014.

I like the dogs too, and the irony is that they get their drink much quicker than the paying customers ;)

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

When did Chorlton become all about the children? Must have been after the 10 years I lived there.

Aaron CornishMarch 26th 2014.

I went here for the first time recently, and the service was awful. I was waiting for ages, for no apparent reason as the bar was empty. One staff member was restocking glasses and despite my best efforts to get his attention did not want to serve me. Other staff members teased by wandering behind the bar before walking off. The food was good, even though most of what we tried to order was out of stock, but to be honest I had waited that long too order that I would probably have eaten the table, with a little seasoning. I hope they have improved this aspect, because as it stands it is unlikely that a lick of paint would attract me back.

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

In any establishment, there is NO excuse whatsoever for the staff behind the bar to be chatting and joking amongst themselves whilst there are punters waiting to be served. The Jockey excelled in this, and I hope Holts' Marketing Manager is going to put staff in there who have a good level of customer service. The place always seems a wasted opportunity.

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EmmaApril 1st 2014.

I went in last Friday and thought the Customer Service had improved hugely. Nice friendly staff who made me and my partner feel comfortable and ensured we had everything we needed. Shame you had to wait to be served...they fell over themselves to get to us...

mancadamMarch 27th 2014.

the staff are awful, the food was awful and the beer - made next door - was £4 a pint. the "locals" weren't much better either, given it's situated between the beech and the bowler it needs to make a massive improvement in all areas to convince people to drink there.

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Georgina DonnellyMarch 27th 2014.

Awful staff and ban the dogs! Hope the rentokil vans won't be parked outside too! Not a good look!

Ghostly TomMarch 31st 2014.

..I hope the rentokil vans aren't for the dogs?!!...

EmmaApril 1st 2014.

Bit harsh to slate the locals...?

PaulMarch 27th 2014.

Completely agree - leave your dogs and your kids at home. People go to the pub to relax not hear children crying and to have dogs in the way wherever you walk.

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mancadamMarch 27th 2014.

they actually hosted a "dogs vs children" event last halloween. i turned up expecting some sort of mad max-style deathmatch but it turned out to be just fancy dress. apparently a dog won, i can only imagine the type of mental damage the children now carry having been told the golden retriever from number 17 is more aesthetically pleasing.

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Ghostly TomMarch 31st 2014.

..the children in Chorlton are among the most indulged in the city (and it's a crowded field), their parents give them the impression that the world revolves around them, they are storing up massive trouble for later on when realisation about their position in the great scheme of things finally sinks in...

Steve5839March 27th 2014.

It is quite a common theme in managed houses, in my local village pub, the girls do bottling up, wiping the bar top down and washing glasses before serving beer. Makes me think what a bar is for.

AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

service, service, service.. No refurb is going to save the Jockey if they can't get the service right!!

AnonymousApril 1st 2014.

Personally, I'd like to congratulate the Horse and Jockey on what they have achieved! As a local resident, I have seen the Jockey reinvent itself over the years and this is THE BEST it's been. It's exactly what us Chorlton Green residents needed! A family (including dogs) friendly, beautifully presented hub where we can meet and enjoy the events they provide for us. THEY are the reason we have a great community spirit. It upsets me that these keyboard warriors slate something so good...who cares about what colour the walls are, what plate the burger is served on, the money spent on the refurbishment (it needed it), the Jockey does amazing things for our community and welcomes EVERYONE. They work with local charities and businesses and truly embrace the form of an old school 'local'. The staff and Management are professional, welcoming and kind! Good work guys.

Raeden JamesApril 1st 2014.

Went in with the missus last night to see what the fuss was all about. Was pleasantly surprised with the great level of customer service received after reading about the so called "awful customer service". The waitress who served us was both friendly and attentive and the food was great especially the sirloin steak. Will definitely be visiting again... As for the dogs and children situation, well as long they don't take my steak - all is good with me! Good Job Horse & Jockey!

HbiffApril 1st 2014.

Bit unfair that most comments are slamming the pre-refurbishment H&J. The service / beer / food was crap but this is about a relaunch. Having said that no-one outside PR calls a pub a 'hub' so the comments above smack of astroturfing.

AnonymousApril 1st 2014.

Really glad to hear about this. H&J was one of my favourite pubs in Manchester. Really cosy, hospitable and decent food. The last few visits have been a disappointment however with the food in particular being quite poor and, like previous rants, not great service. I also never understood the point of the restaurant space as the menu was exactly the same. Really looking forward to seeing how the refurb has panned out and hope it has made it back into the place I loved.

mancadamApril 2nd 2014.

In the interests of fairness I'd like to add to my comments above having dropped in there on Sunday afternoon after taking my mum for a walk. the food was much better, the service was decent considering how busy it was and there was only one (small and docile) dog. I'm not really clear on what's been refurbed (although i'm sure a lot of it has), there are some new tables and some new beer garden furniture etc... but still seems largely the same in style, which isn't a bad thing - drastic modern refurbs of old pubs are rarely anything other than a disaster. I'm still not clear on why Joseph Holt's beer in here is more expensive than the Joseph Holt's beer at the pub down the rd, but on the whole it was a massive improvement on the previous incarnation and i'll now be happy to go back having vowed never to return a year or so ago. it still wont be my first choice of local boozer, but for a good pub lunch in a nice beer garden it's now back on the list.

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