COMING SOON: A City Centre Pub for Award-Winning Salford Brewery, Pomona Island

One of Manchester’s most loved breweries will be opening up a new pub in the former Chaopraya site above Sam’s Chophouse…

By Emma Davidson | 11 October 2022

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Pomona Island Brew Co, the brewery that takes its name from Salford’s forgotten wasteland, has announced plans for a brand-new city centre site set to open its doors very soon.

Taking over the former Chaopraya site that sits atop Sam’s Chophouse – the iconic boozer which was once frequented by L.S Lowry – Pomona’s first ever pub will be aptly named North Westward Ho

North Westward Ho was the very first bar and restaurant ship that was docked at Pomona throughout the 1970s. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Pomona said: “We want the space to feel like a pub, not a bar and we want all the good things that come with that. 

“Pub spaces are for anyone, places where people come to commune, we need a bit of that right now. We want it to feel inclusive. 

“This will be a, sort of, taproom for the brewery, but that on its own doesn’t really interest us. We like a venue with its own identity, where everyone’s welcome and catered for. This won’t just be a beer bar, it will have an incredible selection of drinks.

“It won’t just look like a bar, it will have that feel of a proper boozer. Something that will, hopefully, be around for years.” 

Pomona had previously run a pop-up taproom at Escape To Freight Island, and though their beers will still be for sale, the team behind the brewery are looking forward to working on the new venture.

North Westward Ho is due to open its doors early/mid 2023.