Updated: Monday, 19th August 2019 @ 10:17am

Manchester pub reopens after bus crash and wins Pub of the Year

Manchester pub reopens after bus crash and wins Pub of the Year

By Dean Wilkins

A Manchester pub which was hit by a bus last week has re-opened to some good news – it’s been named Pub of the Year by real ale enthusiasts.

The Bulls Head, London Road, suffered structural damage after the crash last Friday, just before it was due to open its doors for a busy lunchtime period.

Landlords Mui Heng Koh and Keith Wylam are now celebrating its re-opening with a toast which now tastes even better after they have been awarded with the top pub honour by the Campaign for Real Ale.

The estimated cost of repairs, and money lost from trading, is a five figure sum; however the owners are now able to resume service after sectioning off the impact area.

Pub landlord Keith Wylam said: “The whole building has moved and parts will need re-plastering and re-rendering. But finding out we’d won Pub of the Year has been a high point.”

A Stagecoach passenger bus crashed into the pub, near Piccadilly train station, at approximately 11.50am on Friday morning of last week. The driver, an Asian man in his 50s, was trapped in the front carriage for 45 minutes whilst emergency crews revived him.

The man was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary after paramedics managed to awaken him. The driver injured his back during the incident in which his coach struck stationary cars before colliding with the pub’s corner.

There were no passengers on board the off service bus and the transport company are continuing their investigations into the incident. A mechanical fault with the coach has been ruled out and the driver will not be ‘undertaking driving duties’ whilst an enquiry is carried out.