WELCOME to The Pub of the Week.

Each week we take a look at one pub or bar that’s at the heart of the community and ask publicans to answer our Q and A.

If you’d like to nominate your local then please email, simone.okane@newsquest.co.uk.

Name of Pub:

The Old Bank

Address of pub:

50 Yorkshire Street, Oldham.

Landlady name:

Sharon Jones

How long have you been the landlady for?

Two years.

Bar staff:

Michael, Charlotte, Tracy, Keeley.

Give us some history about the pub:

Hence its name - the pub used to be an old bank, it used to Yates’ too.

What’s on the menu?

Wet sales only.

Is there a beer garden?


Most popular drink served is:

John Smiths and Fosters.

Most memorable moment at the pub:

St Georges Day. We have a lot of patriotic customers and they came in and celebrated.

We have lots of entertainment - sky sports and football and that is what we are popular for.

Have you faced any challenges within the industry?

Only Covid.

We have had to close like the other pubs but we are back up and running now it feels great to be back open.

We are a really busy pub and have a great atmosphere when we are open without the current restrictions.

Do you have any entertainment?

We show all of the football and sports.

We occasionally have live music.

The best thing about running a pub is...

Meeting new people and making friends with the customers.

We are based in the town centre and have lots of regulars and we also see plenty of new faces.

Oldham has improved significantly over the past two years and we can’t praise the police enough. There’s a huge police presence in Yorkshire Street on Friday and Saturday nights and the Pubwatch scheme has also made a lot of difference to the town centre.

The worst thing about running a pub is...

The long hours and moaning customers.

There’s all the things that go on behind the scenes like stock takes and cleaning. People don’t see everything that goes on and it is hard work.

The perfect hangover cure is...

A maccies breakfast, for me!

Opening hours: 12 noon til 11pm.