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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