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Coronation Street: Do pubs like the Rovers Return really exist anymore?

I’ve long suspected that the Rovers Return in Coronation Street in real life would have closed or evolved into something a lot more modern years ago.

I don’t see pubs like that anymore, especially not in big cities like Manchester: my local traditional pub went under years ago and it seems most other real life equivalents to the Rovers Return are a dying breed.

Am I missing a trick or am I right in thinking the Rovers Return is a bit unrealistic for a pub in a show about real life?


Most Americans would never have heard of this UK soap opera. It has a following here in Canada. I remember my mother was into it some 40 years ago.