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Star date: 18th October 2010

STAR INN AND BAZENS CELEBRATE

Last Saturday, Salford's Star Inn celebrated its first birthday, plus the opening of its own Star Inn brewery.

The Broughton boozer, which dates from the 1860s, has become a national model for how the community can take over pubs and run them as co-operatives. They also know how to party.

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The Star Inn has certainly come a long way in a year – from a tinned up casualty of the closure blitz on boozers, to a national cause celebre of community run pubs.

The first anniversary of the Star celebrates a year since it was bought at auction by over sixty local people and re-birthed as the pride of Broughton.

"It's brilliant that it's community owned because people feel part of the pub" says Ken Birch, a regular who has been drinking at the Star Inn since 1970 and has seen his local shut by former owners Robinson's Brewery and re-birthed by his drinking mates.

"I wasn't so keen on Robinson's beer anyway, so the beer's a lot better and the place is a lot more lively" he adds "I was definitely pleased when it re-opened."

For the first birthday party, the pub's decked out in bunting and balloons, and a red ribbon is ready to be cut to officially open independent Salford brewer, Bazens' new base, now known as the Star Inn Brewery.

The brewery produces the house beer, Star Bright, and for the occasion has made a special brew called Renaissance

"It's to celebrate the first anniversary of the co-op acquiring the pub and the opening of the new Star Inn brewery" says Richard Bazen, who, together with partner Jude, has put Salford on the real ale map.

The new micro brewery will produce a maximum of one thousand pints a week which can also be bought in Salford at The King's Arms and the New Oxford. The Salford ale is certainly going down well in the lounge at the Star, where Dave Hallows is drinking an recounting the pub's history.

"It dates from the 1860s and is hidden away because the Clowes family owned everything around here and were ok about people going into pubs but they had to be discreet" he says "So this pub and the Horseshoe across the street were hidden away, true back street working class pubs."

The Horseshoe is now a kids' day centre and the Star Inn was derelict until the community took it over (see previous feature on the Star Inn here).

"To think that this pub was owned by a large brewer who thought it wasn't making enough money, `not viable' they said" laughs Dave "I think they've missed the plot. They had no idea of how people felt about this pub."

Vicki Hughes, who joined as manager three months ago, underlines the sentiment.

"It's been fantastic and it does get very busy" she says "We've got this big Mini Beer Festival today with ten cask ales on, and then we've got a big Halloween fancy dress party coming up on Saturday 30th October, with a free buffet and prizes for the best costumes. And we're going to come up with lots of ideas in the future."

The best idea of all was when the local community took the place over. It's a model of how drinking should be done.

The Star Inn is on Back Hope Street in Broughton, Salford, M7 2FR
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Ivan York wrote
at 18:18:06 on 12 November 2010
Thanks for the up-date. We will have to re-visit after all these years.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 13:54:48 on 12 November 2010
Ivan, yes the very same Star Inn. The landlord back then was Wally Marshall, who did have one arm. A great pub then & now.
 
Ivan York wrote
at 12:15:30 on 12 November 2010
I'm just wondering if this is the same Star we used to go to when we lived in Grassfield Ave way back in 1970s. Used to be run by a guy called Wally (I think?) who had one arm. My wife Jean pulled pints there for awhile. Same one anybody?
 
Lynda Roberts wrote
at 15:51:08 on 21 October 2010
We first discovered this pub in the 70s and it holds a lot of memories for us - including our wedding reception. The pub's resurgence is an amazing feat of what can be achieved by the local community when they set their minds and hearts to it! It's a friendly pub that welcomes everyone. The staff are great the beer is fantastic and the ambience has to be sampled to be believed! The opening of Bazens micro brewery on the premises was a masterstroke! If you've never been to this pub - please come - you'll love it!
 
Salfordwill wrote
at 16:47:10 on 19 October 2010
What I love about the Star, besides it being my local boozer, is it is a fantastic atmosphere and a very friendly place. Perfect for getting to know your neighbours and a damn site a lot more cheaper and more fun than a night in town. It's a brilliant pub, I love it.
 
Jim Devine wrote
at 16:57:00 on 18 October 2010
This is very inspiring, I raise my glass to everyone involved.
 
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