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160 Years of Beer: Salford Star Inn Festival returns

On Saturday 23 April Britain’s first co-operative pub will see its popular mini-beer festival return.

To celebrate 160 years of beer, Broughton’s Star Inn on the Cliff in Salford will host a BBQ with live music along with a selection of fine ales for your delectation.

The day’s events will begin at 1pm, with food starting at 4pm, and music from 8pm.

Known for its popular monthly folk night and ‘Stacoustic’ sessions, live music is sure not to disappoint.

Beers on offer will include Rapture from Magic Rock Brewery, Jaipur ale from Thornbridge brewery and local brewer Ric Garner’s vanilla stout (First Chop).

Watch: Ale & Hearty: First Chop Ric makes Salford history

This historic hostelry was first noted in Salford beer history in 1856.

On 23 April that year, Henry Isherwood bought land and two cottages, then known as Paradise Cottages, situated at number 2, Back Hope Street, in Higher Broughton.

Soon after he moved in with his wife Martha his occupation was recorded as beer retailer.

By 1871 census the occupier was listed as a Beerhouse Keeper and by 1881 census the two cottages were listed as the Star Inn.

The Star Inn was the one of first urban pubs run as a co-operative.

67 locals clubbed together to buy it at auction for £80,000 in October 2009.

Now it continues to be run for the benefit of the local community and visitors.

The pub continues to seek investors who wish to become members of the community co-operative.

160 Star Inn, 2 Back Hope Street, Salford. M7 2FR

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