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Get your community pub on TV!

Get your community pub on TV!

A new BBC2 series in which Tom Kerridge helps struggling community pubs to survive. In each episode Tom, the landlord and local people would work together to find possible solutions to place the pub back at the heart of the community it serves.

The series would put some of the contemporary challenges facing the British pub under the microscope to explore why so many pubs have closed in recent decades and find out what can be done to save this much-loved British institution.

We are interested in filming one of the episodes in the greater Manchester area and if any of the pubs in our region are interested they’re welcome to call to discuss on 0117 906 4321 or email we are hoping to film this autumn so it would be great to hear from them ASAP.

Central Manchester @ GBBF 2019

Central Manchester @ GBBF 2019

A few highlights of the Central Manchester team enjoying themselves at the Great British Beer Festival.

Quality control is thirsty work!
Andy writing his beer tasting check-list
3 of the Best

3 of the Best

Manchester Pubs make the Camra top 100

CAMRA recently compiled it’s list of 100 British pubs to visit this summer, based on feedback from the branch, the following pubs have made it in to the CAMRA top 100:

CITY Centre pub to visit

The Marble Arch Inn, Manchester – this is the destination pub in Manchester on the edge of the city centre with a magnificent interior and Marble ales.

History-laden pub to visit

Sir Ralph Abercromby, Manchester – close to the site of the Peterloo massacre, this pub features a mural representing the massacre – a timely inclusion as it marks the 200th anniversary this year on 16 August.

Pub with a great view

Wharf, Manchester – for some urban, post-industrial views head to the Wharf, which has an excellent raised patio overlooking the Castlefield canal basin filled with canal boats, surrounded by converted warehouses and to the left viaducts with tram and train tracks on different levels

Unicorn Hotel achieves Grade II listed status

Unicorn Hotel achieves Grade II listed status

Congratulations to Kirsten and her team at the Unicorn hotel on Church Street, on being added to the List of buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

The original features of the building are evident throughout, keeping alive the history and heritage of this great pub.

Welcome to the Summer of Pub

Welcome to the Summer of Pub

If your idea of a perfect British summer involves a pint and a pub-garden, then you’re in luck. Our latest campaign is all about visiting your local – and getting involved is as easy as grabbing a pint!

The aim of Summer of Pub is simple – we want more people socialising at the pub this summer. Take a photo of yourself at your local using the hashtag #SummerofPub to show your support!

If you’re a publican in the Manchester area, get in touch and let us know what events you’ve got planned for the summer and we’ll feature them on this website and our social media channels!




It’s that time of year when the spring sun is shining and the orchards are in bloom! What could be better than to enjoy a refreshing glass of cider or perry whilst enjoying the spring.

You can find out where to drink a great glass of real cider or perry in our Cider section.

Here at Central Manchester Camra, we’re getting ourselves ready for a couple of events coming up in the area:

Runaway Brewery 5th Birthday Bash*

Saturday 25th May – 3.30pm

*I know it is not technically a Cider event, but they’ve got some fantastic ciders coming – check out the tasting notes below

There are a limited number of tickets still available for this event so get yours quickly! This truly is a this unique mix of drinks and is unlikely to be repeated – some are sold out rarities – others not available in Manchester – some not on sale in UK.

Tickets Available through this link

If that’s not enough, then the very next day…

Fairfield Cider Fête takes place on Sunday 26th May at Fairfield Social Club, Archway 6, Temperance St, M12 6HR,

There are two sessions, one daytime (12pm-5pm) and one evening (6pm-11pm) session.

Fairfield Cider Fête is Manchester’s only dedicated craft cider festival, and you’ll be able to try over 90 ciders created by over 20 producers.

Ciders available will range from the traditional apple, pear, elderflower and even a lemonade perry.

GRUB have teamed up with Hogan’s Cider, to curate a line-up of ciders and producers including Ketish Pip, Turners, Pure North, Tiny Rebel and Cotswold Cider Co.

This year the cider will be accompanied by street food on site, so you can get fed at the same time as sampling the many ciders available.

You’ll have to get tickets for this event, but everyone is welcome including families and dogs. There are only 250 tickets available per session, priced £5.87. 

Best Happy Hours in Manchester

Best Happy Hours in Manchester

What’s better than a great beer and cider? Here at Manchester CAMRA HQ, we think we found the answer – great deals on great beer and cider. Throw some tasty food into the mix and we’re on cloud(water) 9!

Big thanks to the guys over at Manchester’s finest in pulling this list together – there’s some cracking establishments in here! We’ve edited this article to just show the Beer/Cider deals, but you can find the full article on the above website, along with other ace content!

Here we go, the best happy hours in the city so you don’t need to trawl through a thousand tweets to discover how to save yourself a couple of quid. It was a big slog finding most of these, almost as if some of the venues were actively hiding them…

Northern Quarter

Allotment NQ
Monday to Friday, 5pm – 8pm

Lawn Ranger Lager £4.00
Bottle of Peroni £4.00
Gin & Tonic £4.00
Bottle of House Wine £12.50
125ml House & Sparkling Wine £4.00

Allotment, 24 Dale St, Manchester M1 1FY

Monday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm

Bottle of Berliner £3
Bottle of House Wine £10
Bottle of Prosecco £15

BAB NQ, Little Lever St, Manchester M1 1HR

Beatnikz Republic
Monday & Tuesday, 4pm – 11pm

All Cask Pints £3

Wednesday to Friday, 4pm – 7pm

10% off all House Beers, Wines & Spirits

Beatnikz Republic Bar, 35 Dale Street, Northern Quarter, M1 2HF

Black Dog Ballroom NQ
Sunday to Friday, 4pm – 8pm

£4 selected cocktails
£10 bottle house wine
£3 Pint of Lager/Cider
£3 Selected Bottles of Beer
£2.50 Jagerbomb
£4 All Loaded Fries

Black Dog Ballroom NQ, Basement Affleck’s Palace, Church St, Manchester M4 1PW

Every day between 4pm – 7pm
All Day Thursday

£3.50 pints of Flensburger Lager / Common Pale
2 cocktails for £10 (Gin Bramble / Negroni / Margarita)
Bottle of Prosecco for £15

Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW

Crazy Pedro’s
Sunday to Friday, 5pm – 9pm

Full pizza for £10
Slices for £2
2 cocktails for £10
Bottle of wine for £9

Crazy Pedros NQ, Short St, Manchester M1 1JG

Dive NQ
Monday to Friday & Sunday, 5pm – 8pm

Glass of Wine for £3.50
Glass of Prosecco £3.50
Single spirit & mixer (Doesn’t include Archers, tonic or Red Bull) £3.50
Selected bottles of Beer for £3.50
Selected cocktails for £3.50

Dive NQ, Tib Street / Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1SH

Hold Fast
Every day until 7pm

2 Bottles of Sol £6
2 Deckhand Cocktails £10
2 Hold Fast or Orchard Pig pint for £7
2 House Spirit and Mixer for £7
2 Glasses of Wine £7

Hold Fast, 50 Newton St, Manchester M1 2EA

Honey Trap Club
Wednesday – Saturday, 5pm – 9pm

Beers £3
Classic Cocktails £5
Disco Cocktails £6 (or 2 for £10)
Spirit & Mixer £3
Bottle of Wine £10

Honey Trap Club, 14 Little Lever St, Manchester M1 1HR
0161 806 0813

The Koffee Pot
Every Day, 3pm – 9pm

2 Cocktails for £10
Koffee Pot Pints £3
Bottle of Fizz £13
Any 2 bottles/cans beer (excluding Cloudwater) £6

The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn
Sunday – Friday, 5pm – 8pm

2 for £10 cocktails
Glass of House Wine £3
Selected draughts for £3 a pint

Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP

Matt & Phreds
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday, 6pm – Midnight
Friday, 4pm – 7.30pm
Saturday, 5pm – 6pm

Buy Two Alcoholic Drinks, (excluding 1/2 pints, shots or small glasses of wine), and get a FREE pizza.
2-4-1 Cocktails

Matt & Phreds, 64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW

Pen & Pencil
Monday to Friday, 5pm – 7pm

2 cocktails for £10
Bottle of Modelo for £3
Bottle of Prosecco for £15
Bottle of house wine for £10

Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ

Monday to Friday, 4pm – 7pm

Pint of Dortmunder for £3.50
Bottle of wine for £12
Bottle of Prosecco for £17

PLY, 26 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DW

Every day, 4pm – 8pm

Trof Lager £3.50
House Cocktails for £5
Gin & Tonic £3.50
Bottle of Prosecco for £20

Trof, 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU

Twenty Twenty Two
Monday to Friday, 4pm – 7pm

Bottles of wine for £10
Cocktails for £5
Cask Ale for £2.80
Pilsner for £2.80
Bottle of Prosecco for £15

Twenty Twenty Two, 20 Dale St, Manchester M1 1EZ

The Whiskey Jar
Every day, until 7pm

Selected beers 2 for £6
2 cocktails for £10
Selected bottles of Wine for £12

The Whiskey Jar, 14 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

First Street

Bunny Jackson’s
Every Day, 9pm – 11pm

Bunny Boilers & Party Cocktails £5
Frozen Daiquiris £5
BJ’s Pilsner £3
Bottle of House Wine £12
Prosecco £16
Bucket of 5 Bud/Corona £15
Fridays – Old Fashioned for £5 (5pm – 7pm)

Bunny Jacksons, 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA

Oxford Road

Black Dog Ballroom NWS
Sunday to Friday, 4pm – 8pm

£4 selected cocktails
£10 bottle house wine
£3 Pint of Lager/Cider
£3 Selected Bottles of Beer
£2.50 Jagerbomb
£4 All Loaded Fries

Black Dog Ballroom NWS, 11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP

The Deaf Institute
Every day, 4pm – 7pm

Pint of Trof Lager or Cider £2.80
Cocktails for £5
Bottle of wine for £10

The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE

Dog Bowl
Monday to Friday, 4pm – 7pm

Selected cocktails for £4
Bee 17, Corona, Estrella for £3
Bottle of house wine for £10
Jagerbomb for £2.50

Dog Bowl, Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW

All Day Every Day

Buy 2 cans of Berliner Pilsner for £5

Friday Club, every Friday 4pm – 7pm

Bottle of Wine £8
Half Price Cocktails
Pint of Flensburger Lager or Cider £3
Double Gin & Tonic £4

Friday & Saturday 11pm – 1am

2 for 1 selected cocktails (choose 2 of the same – Kiss from Ruby, Zombie, Amaretto Sour, Cosmopolitan, Whisky Sour)
Can and a Shot – £5

Font, 7-9 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP

Peter Street

All Star Lanes
Monday to Friday, 3pm – 7pm

2-4-1 Cocktails & Fizz
Pina Colada/ Aloha Jar/ Nettle & Kiwi Cooler/ Gin & Elderflower Julep/ The Bitter Spare/ I Love NY / Imperativo Prosecco
2-4-1 Mocktails
Espresso Zero, Elderfields and Bubba Loma
2 for £6 Bottled Beers
Budweiser/Curious Brew Lager

All Star Lanes, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN

Revolucion de Cuba
Monday to Friday, 3pm – 7pm
Saturday, 5pm – 7pm

2-4-1 Cocktails
Pint of Mahou Lager for £3.50

All Day Sunday (excl. Bank Holidays)

2-4-1 Tapas
2-4-1 Cocktails
2-4-1 Coffee

Revolucion de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR

City Centre

Friday, 5pm – 9pm

Free Tapas with Every Drink
£5 Pisco Sours

Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, City Centre, Manchester M2 7PF


Crazy Pedro’s
Sunday to Friday, 5pm – 9pm

Full pizza for £10
Slices for £2
2 cocktails for £10
Bottle of wine for £9

Crazy Pedros, 55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ

Liars Club
Sunday – Friday, 5pm – 9pm

2 Cocktails for £10
1/3 off sharing cocktails
Bottle of wine for £8
Selected Beers for £2.50

Liars Club, 19A Back Bridge St, Manchester M3 2PB


The Pilcrow Pub
Monday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm

2 Cans of Fourpure SIPA for £6
2 Gin & Tonics £7
Bottle of Prosecco £15

The Pilcrow Pub, Hanover St, Manchester M60 0AB

Changes in the number of pubs/outlets nationally

Changes in the number of pubs/outlets nationally

One of central campaigns of CAMRA Nationally and particularly in the Greater Manchester region, is to prevent the demise of the local Pub. The following map put together by the Office of National Statistics, clearly outlines the scale of the situation:

To find out more about campaigns and how to get involved, make sure to check out the relevant pages on this website, and nationally at

Central Manchester CAMRA AGM

Central Manchester CAMRA AGM

The Central Manchester Branch will be holding their 3rd AGM, followed by a short Branch Meeting, starting promptly at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 6th February at The Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JA.  

The agendas for the AGM is shown below.  Copies of the communication (item 4) regarding Branches and Re-organisation will be available at the meeting. You will see that there are some vacancies on the Committee which we hope to fill, although you would be welcome to stand for any post.

If you are unable to attend the Branch meeting and would like anything to be added to the Agenda, please contact us. 

CAMRA Central Manchester Branch 3rd Annual General Meeting

Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane – Wednesday 6 February 2019


1.       To receive the Treasurer’s Report

2.       To receive Officers’ Reports

3.       To receive the Auditor’s Report

4.       Election of Officers: Positions

Chair – Heather Airlie

Vice chair – Laurent Fernandez-Moreno

Secretary – Sue Barker

Treasurer – Steve Davis

Branch Contact – Steve Davis

Pubs Officer – vacant

Membership Secretary – Graham Donning

Branch Contact – Laurent Fernandez-Moreno

Social Secretary – vacant

Twitter Officer – Dawn Cobain

Press & Publicity – Steve Smith

Web Co-Ordinator – James Kirman

Parliamentary Liaison Officer – Graham Donning

Cider Representative – Dick Withecombe

Beer Festival Organiser – Graham Donning

Deputy Beer Festival Organiser – Martin Ward

WhatPub Co-Ordinator – Colm Sullivan

Young Members’ Rep – Kate Mason

GBG Co-ordinator – Steve Davis

5.       Amendments to Constitution & Standing Orders

Main Debate: Day and Timing of Branch Meetings