Stood under a marquee with the wind whipping around what is now known as saddlers yard we held a wood fired Pizza in one hand and a pint in the other. It was poured by the team from the Port Street Beer House and happily drunk by many as we marked the start of something special. This time next year in place of the temporary marquee will be a pub, not just any pub though, a pub realised and delivered by local skills.
The project is driven by Ben Young in conjunction with Noma Manchester and will be completed by professional craftspeople and an army of volunteers all using traditional construction techniques. Together they will create everything from the pint glasses to the last orders bell and we will be documenting the people involved online and in a book celebrating the teamwork and traditional skills involved.
As we finished the last pint and the night drew to a close, we said our goodbyes and left feeling proud to be a small part of something that will form new bonds, build friendships and deliver more than just another pub, deliver an establishment built by many and enjoyed by even more.