The Peveril of the Peak. A Manchester institution.

The Pev has been a Manchester institution for decades. It is known to many for its unusual 2 tone green facade. The tiles on the outside walls of the pub have led some people to describe it as an old toilet. But to those who know it, the Pev is one of the last proper drinking pubs in Manchester.

The pub dates back to the early 19th century. The name is said to have come from a stagecoach which used to travel between London and Manchester. The coach would stop off at the pub en route.

The Pev’s claims to fame.

It is the one of the only pubs in Manchester city centre that is detached, meaning you can walk all around it. This is due to the modernisation of the surrounding land. Where once there would be rows of terraced housing there are now shiny office blocks and towers. Now the Pev is almost on an island itself. In between Chepstow street and Bridgewater street.

The Pev also has the honour of having the longest serving landlady in Manchester. In January 2021 Nancy and Maurice will have been living above the pub for 50 years. They now have a much more hands off approach. The bar is now run by a younger team who have done well in keeping the spirit of the place in tact.

Like many of Manchester’s older pubs, the Peveril of the Peak has seen a few famous faces. It was used in the filming of Robbie Coltrane’s crime thriller, Cracker. It’s laid back, local atmosphere means that whoever you are you’ll get a welcome. Nowadays the Bridgewater hall is located a stone’s throw away.

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The Peveril of the Peak pub