The Head of Steam pub in St George’s Square has been the backdrop to many of my life’s events. From works outings and jazz bands to birthday parties and a place to wait before trains to Manchester airport. 

It has witnessed the end of romantic relationships and the start of new ones.

And on a more prosaic note, has much better toilets than those at the station.  Plus the door onto Platform 1 means you can time your departures to perfection, downing your drink as the imminent arrival of your train is announced.

At the time of writing (February 2023) it does a smashing pie and peas with a pint – the perfect tea for winter nights when you have no time to cook

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Photo, Courtesy of Janette Martin