The Old Wellington Pub

Discover the pub that is one of the oldest buildings in Manchester

By Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Meet Coelina Chapman, the General Manager of The Old Wellington and learn about her experience working at the historic half-timbered city-centre pub. 

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

What’s makes The Old Wellington special?

The unique character and history of the building. It dates from 1552 and it’s the oldest building of its type in Manchester and one of the oldest pubs. On the top floor we have the original beams, so you can really see the history there. 

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

How does your location play into your business?

We're based close to the cathedral, right in the heart of the city centre. We’re a short walk from Victoria Station and major attractions including The Corn Exchange, The Printworks, Manchester Arena, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the National Football Museum. We’re also a short tram or bus journey from Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium. 

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

The Old Wellington hasn’t always been a pub. In the Seventeenth Century it was a draper’s shop owned by the Byrom family. And the pub wasn’t always in its current location. Following the IRA bomb of 1996, the pub was moved from its original site as part of the redevelopment of the city centre. 

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

What are your biggest sellers?

Our most popular beer is the Nicholson’s Pale Ale. We serve classic British dishes. We have eight pies available and fish and chips in batter made with the Nicholson's Pale Ale. Our top-seller is currently the fish and chips. 

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

What age range are your customers?

We have the younger generation of 21 to 22-year-olds right up to people in their seventies and the age groups mix well. We get the office workers, the residents who live in the city centre, as well tourists and people coming to watch the football. We’re also dog friendly, so people will come here and bring their dogs with them.

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

How long have you been in your current role?

I’ve been in the pub trade 14 years and manager of the Old Wellington for two years. I find people are actually more sociable now than they were when I first started, and they come out to be sociable. 

Walk through the street where the Old Wellington to located

The Old Wellington (21st Century) by Dan EdenGreater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

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