The Lock Inn returns as pop-up-pub in Withington, Manchester

A group of local craft beer lovers have teamed up to launch a ‘pop up pub’ at the site of a former bank in Withington in south Manchester.

The Lock Inn aims to encourage people in the community to come together in an amazing venue to enjoy local beer and bond over food, music and friends. It follows a successful smaller event last year at the same site.

The Lock Inn, which will be open for one day only, takes place on Saturday 23rd March at 5pm at the former NatWest bank in Withington, a Grade II listed building.

The site has been acquired by specialist community developers Step Places who have supported the project.


Neil Woodward, one of the organisers, said:

“The bar in the vault area of the bank at Christmas was really popular so we wanted to do another one. This time, we’ve expanded it and we’ll be serving a wider selection of craft beers from independent breweries in Manchester and Salford in the beautiful main banking hall.

“As well as local craft beer, lager and gin we will have wines and soft drinks. Finger food and snacks will be supplied by local cafe Boho Utopia and local DJs will be playing throughout the evening too”

Harinder “Harry” Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Step Places, said:

“A key part of our philosophy as community-led developers is to promote local, independent and artisan businesses surrounding our sites. We are proud to support the organisers of The Lock Inn and we feel that the initiative is perfectly suited to the sense of character, vibrancy and identity of Withington.”