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PUB WATCH… One of Manchester’s best pubs – according to Time Out – is up for sale. Crown and Kettle, known for its extremely ornate cool ceiling, is being marketed for £1.4m by Edwards & Co and boasts the level of spilling-out-into-the-street outdoor seating befitting its location on the corner of the European-style boulevard that is Great Ancoats Street. Crown and Kettle ranks fourth – just behind the Marble Arch – on Time Out’s list of the top 15 pubs in Manchester, which was published in May. The Eagle and The Kings Arms, which occupied the top and seconds spots, are both in Salford.
This is our turf. This is Salford City.
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) July 19, 2023
GETTING SHIRTY… Salford City FC’s shirt sponsor for the 2023/24 season will be familiar to Place North West readers. Salboy – the development company owned by Simon Ismail and Betfred founder Fred Done – is the name that will adorn the front of the Ammies home kit next year as the developer bids to show pride in its roots. “Salboy might be a business whose operations now span the entire country, but our hearts are still very much in Salford,” said managing director Ismail. Indeed, Salboy is truly national these days with schemes as far afield as Cornwall and London, as well as several high-profile ones in Manchester and Salford. The company’s decision to sponsor Salford City FC, whose stadium is named after Peninsula – an HR company run by Fred Done’s brother Peter – follows another sport/development mash-up announced a few months ago. Last December, Muse, which like Salboy is prolific in Salford, announced a deal for its name to appear on the shirt of rugby league side Salford Red Devils. What next, Renaker sponsoring Manchester City?
GONE FISHIN’… How about this for a retrofit project? Blue Lagoon Heritage has applied to Blackburn with Darwen Council for planning permission to convert a disused reservoir into a fishing lake. Ward’s Reservoir, which has been declared unsafe by the Environment Agency after closing in 2004, will be partially infilled and used for angling. It is hoped that bringing the site back into use will provide several benefits including making it safer and generating an income to maintain surrounding infrastructure. Tight lines.
FAST FASHION… Women’s activewear street brand Red Run is sprinting to open a 1,400 sq ft flagship store on Manesty’s Lane in Liverpool ONE this autumn. Fans of the brand can expect monthly in-store offerings, VIP events, and collaborations with other businesses in the city.
Not to be mistaken with three-time Grand National winner Red Rum, Red Run is far from hitting the grave. Stocked in the likes of Flannels and hot off the opening of its first-ever physical store at Albert Dock last November, Red Run is on track for a hat-trick of its own.
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GROUNDED… Panoramic 34 is looking to bring its sky-high dining experience a bit closer to earth. Plans lodged by Pegasus Group unveil the Liverpool restaurant’s ambitions for a private dining room. But instead of being on the 34th floor of the West Tower, the private dining room will be on the fourth. What’s 30 storeys between friends, though? The plans will see a former boardroom become a dining room. It isn’t the only shakeup to the tower’s office offerings proposed. Also on the list: the conversion of an old apartment that is now being used as an office to become an apartment again.