One of Manchester's oldest pubs has been saved from permanent closure having been sold to the Joseph Holt Brewery.
The independent family business, which owns 127 pubs, has sealed the deal to buy the Lower Turks Head & Scuttlers Wine Bar at Shudehill for an undisclosed sum.
The iconic Manchester-based brewery plans to drop the name Scuttlers Wine Bar so the pub will become known purely as Lower Turks Head.
And as one of central Manchester`s small hotels, the venue will offer bed and breakfast accommodation which the brewery intends to keep and let out post lockdown.
The Lower Turks Head joins Joseph Holt`s other city centre pubs - which includes the Ape and Apple, the Crown and Anchor, the Old Monkey, the Eagle Inn and The Shamrock, which the company purchased in 2018 and plans to re-open following a full re-development in 2022.
However, the pub already has a long history on Manchester`s hospitality map.
Dating back to 1745, The Lower Turks Head was once an old stagecoach stop and enjoyed a proud heritage through successive centuries before closing its doors last August.
The brewery intends to retain all the historical features, including its checkerboard floors, wooden staircases, cut tables and cubby hole seating, while giving the pub a renovation.
Paul Longmire, Marketing Manager said: “Joseph Holt is deeply entrenched in the history of Manchester and sees the Lower Turks Head as part of that heritage too.