The Wellington gastro-pub closes

Date published: 11 March 2019

One of the most well-known and historic buildings in Rochdale, the grade-II listed Wellington gastro-pub on Drake Street has closed.

In a statement realised on social media on Saturday (9 March), owners Michael and Sarah Howarth said: “We’re sorry to announce that we’ve decided to close The Wellington to concentrate on Vicolo Del Vino, The Pizza Van and our sanity.

“We’ve transferred most of the music and events over to the wine bar and Jonny the chef is currently working on an Italian menu for the very imminent future.”

What was the town’s leading coach house during the Victorian period has a rich history, first opening in 1750 as a private residence. It was later a girls’ boarding school, before it became the Duke of Wellington Hotel in 1810, which was the leading coach house in the area.

The ‘Speaker's Corner’ in front of the hotel hosted a crowd of 8,000 following the Reform Act of 1832. 

The building underwent an extensive refurbishment ahead of opening in August 2017: the building had most recently been the premises of the Nile nightclub before lying dormant for around five years.

The Vicolo del Vino wine cellar opened in June 2016, a candlelit wine cellar hidden on Bull Brow.


Vicolo del Vino
Vicolo del Vino


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