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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub Guide

Branch area pubs selling real ale

  • Blackley
    • Fox Inn 97 Old Market Street Blackley M9 8DX Telephone(0161) 740 1624

      The Fox In is a down-to-earth Joseph Holt pub. There is a basic vault to the right as you enter and a smarter lounge to the left. At the back is smoking terrace with a dedicated war memorial for veterans to sign.

    • Golden Lion 47 Old Market Street Blackley M9 8DX Telephone(0161) 740 1944

      Edwardian community local in the centre of Blackley village opposite the parish church. Several rooms have been opened out to form an L-shaped lounge. There is a popular vault with its own entrance. A central bar serves both rooms. The pub has its own crown green bowling green overlooked by a covered veranda, this doubles as a smoking area.

    • Grove Inn 1097 Rochdale Road Blackley M9 7FW

      Cosy single room pub on Rochdale Road. Started selling real ale in mid 2012 and has a single handpump.

  • Charlestown
    • Charlestown 204 Charlestown Road Charlestown M9 7ED Telephone(0161) 740 7966

      A large suburban pub owned now by John Willies Lees. As you enter on the left is a large lounge renovated in 2015 and on the right is the former vault now used as a function room. There is also a large beer garden at the rear.

  • Crumpsall
    • Cleveland 67 Crumpsall Lane, Crumpsall Crumpsall M8 5SR Telephone(0161) 740 9490

      A late 1930s take on a street corner local. Only two rooms in normal use nowadays; even half the car park appears to be rented out. It is one of only two pubs built by Holt's between 1930 and 1964.

    • Egerton Inn 19 Hanlon Street, Crumpsall Crumpsall M8 5BY Telephone(0161) 740 1200

      Joseph Holt pub situated in the heart of Cheetham Hill and built in 1914. Is a traditional local pub with a welcoming atmosphere. Split into two rooms; lounge and vault with pool and darts facilities as well as TVs. The family friendly pub also has a large beer garden to its rear, which is ideal for children.

  • Higher Blackley
    • Duke Of Wellington 39 Weardale Road Higher Blackley M9 8WR Telephone07827 850227

      The Duke of Wellington is a traditional public house in an old tudor style building. Community local with a friendly atmosphere. At the rear is a smoking terrace with outdoor flat-screen televisions. There is also a beer garden. There is a brass plaque commemorating patrons who served in World War II (see photo).

  • Manchester
    • 53Two Arch 19, Watson Street Manchester M3 4LP Telephone07432 198724

      53Two is an events space and arts venue in a pair of railway arches on Watson St near the Beetham Tower. The bar sells keg beers from Brightside (all Vegan) and has recently added a cask beer. Pasties are available from HM Pasties Thursday to Sunday (or until they run out).

      In December 2022 a handpull was installed for the Xmas trade and as this proved a success has remained.

      This venue hosted the Central Manchester Beer and Cider festival in 2021 and 2022.

    • Abel Heywood 38 Turner Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester Manchester M4 1DZ Telephone(0161) 819 1441

      Opened on the 12th December 2014, this is a pub conversion from a longstanding building. Up to six beers from Hydes Brewery are served. Bar and boutique hotel named after a former mayor of Manchester, the town hall clock that can be heard all over the city centre is named 'Great Abel' after him. The main bar area with 6 hand pumps is a large L-shaped room on the ground floor. The first floor is a restaurant/gin bar. Breakfast is available from 7am (8am Sat-Sun) and main meals from 12am but the bar is not open for alcohol sales until 11 am.

    • Affleck & Brown 4 Hilton Street Manchester M4 1NB

      Entry up a few steps into a single room with bar at rear. There are two hand pumps selling up to two changing guest beers. Mainly stools and tables but with some lower level seating at the periphery. Piped music. Toilets downstairs. Named after a former Manchester department store. Opened 12th February 2015.

    • Albert's Schloss 27 Peter Street Manchester M2 5QR Telephone(0161) 833 4040

      Large beer hall which feature Pilsner Urquell served from tanks and also many German beers on tap. Sell a locally brewed house beer called 'Saxe Coburg'. There are 2 handpumps serving cask ale at the front and one at the far side of the bar from the entrance.

    • Angel 6 Angel Street Manchester M4 4BQ Telephone(0161) 833 4786

      The Angel is found huddled within a flurry of new development in what was a notorious slum area, known as Angel Meadow. The horrendously busy junction on Rochdale Road makes it a hard place to reach at times but is worth making the effort. the range does vary and there is often a darker beer. Currently only a maximum of 6 cask beers or ciders are sold though there are more handpulls As a historic pub, refurbishment works are slow and expensive, however, they are making progress. The plumbing in the Gents, long closed for the necessary improvement, has now been suitably reinstated, with very few changes made to the tiling. The outdoor temporary arrangement may be retained for outdoor summer events. It seems The Angel will continue to serve both the new and old community for a while to come.

    • Ape & Apple 28-30 John Dalton Street Manchester M2 6HQ Telephone(0161) 839 9624

      This Joseph Holts house was converted from a former bank in the late 90s. Although brightly lit, the decor features lots of wooden panelling & screens giving a much older traditional feel. Fixed bench seating on the John Dalton Street side of the pub and a range of old prints & other bric a brac adds to the feel. As a Holts pub, offers some of the cheapest drinks in the city centre. As well as the keenly priced Holts draught beers, the full range of Holt's bottled beers is stocked alongside a wide variety of spirits. Located between Deansgate & Albert Square, the pub attracts a wide clientele from shoppers to local office workers but retains a core of friendly regulars. Stays relatively quiet and doesn't tend to attract the more unruly element from some of it's Deansgate neighbours. There are good value food offers for the budget conscious. Upstairs is a large area which can be used as a function room. There is a large heated roof terrace with plentiful seating. Manchester's longest running free comedy club, Comedy Balloon, is held in the upstairs room every Wednesday (http://www.comedyballoon.co.uk/). The room is available for hire other nights & many local societies meet here regularly.

    • B Lounge @ the Brunswick 97 Piccadilly, Manchester Manchester M1 2DB Telephone(0161) 236 4161

      The pub is entered up a couple of steps leading to the bar with its three hand pumps is in front of you. A small room with a large picture covering the majority of one wall is to the left. To the right of the bar is the main lounge area and at the rear is a raised area on the right with a smaller area to the left. Smart seating with comfy chairs and sofas as well as outside seating area on the pavement.

    • Band on the wall 25 Swan Street, Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ Telephone(0161) 834 1786

      Famous Manchester music venue reopened after a major refurbishment in 2009. There is a public bar known as the 'Picturehouse bar'. The other bar is part of the music venue itself and is only accessible if you are going to a gig. Both bars serve real ale. Check website or music press for gig details. The venue can be hired out and accommodates 240 people.. Note that the opening times may vary and can be subject to gigs

    • Bank 57 Mosley Street Manchester M2 3FF Telephone(0161) 228 7560

      This occupies a handsome Greek Revival building that is some 200 years old. Originally built to house the Portico Library (which still occupies the upper floor), the pub occupies the former newsroom. In the 1990s this was part of the Firkin brew-pub family, so was styled as the “Forgery & Firkin” (that said, it never brewed on the premises, instead being supplied by the Flea & Firkin across town). Now however, the Bank is part of the Nicholson’s chain and so has something of an emphasis on cask beers with the regular offerings being supplemented by guests from around the country – and often from unusual micros. The largely open-plan interior is neatly split up and retains many original features that give it an air of grandeur. In some respects it is evocative of a gentlemen’s club, with a quiet, solid and purposeful air. The pub may close early if it is very quiet at the last hour. The house beer Nicholson's Pale Ale is brewed by St Austell.

    • Bar Fringe 8 Swan Street Manchester M4 5JN Telephone(0161) 835 3815

      Popular and well established Belgian style bar on the fringe of the Northern Quarter of the city. The bar on the left serves the long narrow room. There is also a partially covered beer garden at the rear. Five real ales from near and far as well as a good range of draught and bottled continental beers. The decor is quite eclectic ranging from cartoons to rats and even a motorbike. North Manchester CAMRA branch 'Cider Pub of the Year 2015'. Ducketts of Burnley urinals worth a leak. Apparently the remnants of the long covered River Tib runs through the cellar.

    • Bar21 10 Thomas Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1DH Telephone(0161) 832 2769

      A television, film and arts themed venue located in the Northern Quarter. A large metal 'Alien' stands waiting for a pint in the main room and there are other film themed items. The most noticeable of these is the Space Shuttle snug which is now probably the only operational one left. Sells one real ale. Formerly 'TV21 Manchester' until a refurbishment in May 2014. Don't forget to buy the Alien that pint!

    • Bay Horse 35-37 Thomas Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1NA Telephone(0161) 669 5799

      This is one of the new breed of stylish Northern Quarter bars. Entrance steps lead up to the main room with the bar to the right. The furniture is a mixture of tables with wooden chairs, comfy chairs and 'chaise longue' providing a relaxed atmosphere. There is a downstairs room, featuring a pool table and a separate bar, although there is no hand pump there. There is also occasional on street seating usually used by smokers and probably weather dependent. The house beer is Tetley's rebadged.

    • Beer House Victoria Station Concourse, Hunts Bank, Manchester Manchester M3 1NY Telephone(0161) 835 9586

      Refurbished, reopened and renamed as the Beer House in June 2015 as part of the upgrading of Victoria Station. The bar forms part of the grade II listed station building, and its art nouveau style is still apparent. Extended to cover the area previously occupied by the Pumpkin café. Up to two beers available though usually only one.

    • Bishopsgate 7-11 Lower Mosley Street Manchester M2 3DW Telephone(0161) 237 5335

      Large open plan bar & restaurant on ground floor of Premier Inn hotel. A mid-2012 refit took down internal walls which had separated the entrance from the bar area, making the pub much more welcoming to visitors not staying at the hotel. The layout has the rear area which wraps around the back of the hotel reception set out as a permanent restaurant dining area serving the extensive Table Table group menu. The front of the pub has a mixture of fixed and free standing seating with a variety of table sizes making it suitable for drinking or more casual dining. TVs built into the walls show news & terrestial sports without the sound. The pub is interconnected with the Costa Coffee cafe next door which opens during the daytime. The pub's disabled toilet is also in the Costa section.

    • Botanist 78 Deansgate Manchester M3 2FW Telephone(0161) 833 1878

      Restaurant and bar at the north east end of Deansgate. Sister pub to the Oast House in Spinningfields and offering a similar range of ales and food.

    • Bradford Inn 112-114 Bradford Road Manchester M40 7AS Telephone(0161) 205 7853

      Joseph Holt estate pub with lounge and vault.

    • Bridge Tavern 58 Bridge Street Manchester M3 3BW Telephone(0161) 834 0242

      The Bridge remains a food-led pub, despite the departure of celebrity chefs, but it now feels much more welcoming to customers who only wish to drink. A narrow façade on Bridge Street disguises a rather large building behind, which stretches all the way through to Wood Street and the John Rylands Library. At ground level is a single, long open space, which morphs from bar to dining room. The front part is mainly for drinkers, the central part for those who’ve not yet made up their minds, and the rear part mainly for diners. Furniture varies from high wooden stools to “tub” armchairs. The bar is along one wall (currently graced by a pair of statues of the Buddha). A large serving hatch gives views into the kitchen (though this may be remodelled shortly). At the rear there is a small patio for those who wish to drink and smoke. Upstairs are a function room and a dining room. The function room also gives access to a small roof-top garden. Food is varied and includes a good value carvery (every day) and daily specials. Recorded music is played and can be somewhat intrusive.

    • Britons Protection 50 Great Bridgewater Street Manchester M1 5LE Telephone(0161) 236 5895

      This Grade II-listed 200-year-old multi-roomed pub is listed on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors and famous for its highly ornate interior: a terrazzo-tiled corridor floor, moulded ceiling, original 1930s urinals and the serving hatch through which people in the two rear rooms are served beer from the front bar.. Along with many features of the pub, the bar counter, back bar and the bar's fixed seating dates from the 1930s when the pub was extensively refurbished. The moulded ceiling picked out in red and gold is another feature. A tiled passageway from the left end of the public bar leads round to the rear of the servery where there are two further rooms, both equally steeped in history. These two rooms are served via a hatchway through to the bar, complete with leaded screens. Both of the rear rooms have original fixed seating complete with bell pushes, classic 1930s fireplaces (although now gas fired) and a raft of other historic features. Though there are 8 handpulls available, typically there are 5 to 6 cask ales on sale. Sometimes there is a real cider on sale.There is an amazing selection of up to 360 whiskeys and bourbons. The pub attracts ale fans at all times along with workers from nearby offices and refugees from the nearby Deansgate locks "party bars". Being situated directly opposite the Bridgewater Hall, it is popular with musicians from the resident Halle Orchestra and of course with visitors having pre or post concert drinks. Bosting a large 1st floor function room which is used by many local groups of all tastes ands styles.

    • Bull & Bear 4 Norfolk Street Manchester M2 1DW Telephone(0161) 470 3901

      The Bull and Bear is the bar/restaurant in the Stock Exchange hotel. This grade II listed building was once the Manchester Stock Exchange built in the early years on the 20th Century. The building had been empty for many years before being converted into an upmarket hotel in 2019. The restaurant is run by chef Tom Kerridge and his team and the bar has two cask ales, one is rebadged and this is currently reported as Marston's EPA.

    • Bulls Head 84 London Road Manchester M1 2PN Telephone(0161) 236 1724

      Situated across the road from the rear entrance to Piccadilly Station, the Bulls Head's ornately painted Victorian exterior attracts both travellers and a faithful band of regulars. While the interior is basically open-plan it nevertheless manages to generate the atmosphere of cosy intimacy that you might expect to find in a more suburban location. Run with superb professionalism across the board, the Bulls Head never disappoints and is a beacon for quality. Evidence of this is in the numerous awards from both CAMRA and trade bodies received in recent years for the quality of their beer and pub. The guest beers are usually from the Marston's stable but other brewers' products making an appearance. There are usually 3 of the 4 handpumps being used. NB may close earlier on Sunday evening if trade is slack.

    • Bundobust Brewery 61-69 Oxford Road Manchester M1 6EJ Telephone(0161) 511 8601

      Manchester's second outlet for Bundobust is on Oxford Road and opened in September 2021. It contains their brewery and is converted from an old car park in St James's Building with an entrance on Oxford Road. Bundobust serve Indian vegetarian street food as well as craft beer. There are two handpumps for cask beer either side of the keg taps. The bar is at the far end when you enter with the brewery on your right and there is an atrium roof above. Seats 150. The bar remains open for at least an hour after the kitchen has closed.

    • Bundobust Manchester Piccadilly 61 Piccadilly Manchester M1 2AQ Telephone(0161) 359 6757

      Following on from their successful first outlet in Leeds, this is a collaboration between Mayur Patel of the acclaimed vegetarian restaurant Prashad and Mark Husak of The Sparrow Bier Cafe in Bradford. Two handpumps are available though often only has one cask on during the week with two on at the weekend . There are also fourteen keg taps. There are a few high tables to sit and drink if you do not wish to eat though the Indian vegetarian street food is highly recommended.

    • Cafe Beermoth 40A Spring Gardens Manchester M2 1EN Telephone(0161) 835 2049

      A one-of-a-kind, modern bar, with a cafe-bar vibe reminiscent of Belgium. Beer from all over the world, brought to you by the people behind Beermoth, a specialty beer off-licence located on Tib Street in the NQ. . There are up to seven constantly rotating British cask ales on hand pulls, and 10 keg lines pouring a wide variety of British key-keg conditioned beers from brewers all around the United Kingdom. Plus, there is a wide selection of international beers available in bottles with particular focus on American bottled beers fermented with wild yeast. Offers a variety of reasonably priced bar snacks including cheese and meat plates, and these snacks are accessible all day and on the weekends. Occasionally, a live band will perform. Although the official address is Spring Gardens, the public entrance is on Brown Street.

    • Cask 2 New Union St, Cotton Field Wharf Manchester M4 6FQ Telephone(0161) 392 0809

      Sister bar to Cask Liverpool Road that opened in late November 2018. Situated by the canal in New Islington in the ground floor of a newly built block, there are 6 handpulls around to the left of the bar though no more than 4 will serve cask ale (lewer in the summer), in the summer one may be use for a second cider. One real cider by handpump on the main bar and 20 keg lines. The keg lines often feature many German lagers and local keg beers. The layout is L-shaped with the bar opposite as you walk in and the handpumps are on the left hand end of the bar near the dartboard. There is a mixture of high table and booth seating. Was voted 'best newcomer' by the local branch in 2019 and branch Pub of the Year in 2021.

    • Cask 29 Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4NQ Telephone(0161) 819 2527

      Despite the name, this bar specialises in continental beers, with a massive selection both on tap & in bottles. The highlight of the draft range is Budvar Dark, rarely seen on draft in the UK. Bottles feature German wheat beers, strong Belgian imports, special Dutch lagers and many more from around the globe. The bar will not stock any beers which are brewed under licence. Staff are friendly & knowledgeable about the beers. Four handpumps face you as you enter. There is usually a beer from Pictish with others typically from Track, Ilkley, Malllinsons and Squawk. In total there are 14 keg taps split between UK and international beers. Four lines are guests which may be from the UK or the USA. There is always a nitro-stout on offer. The pub is larger that it looks on the outside and makes good use of its limited space. An extremely narrow entrance consisting of listed doors, brings you into a small lobby area with the end of the bar on your left. To the right there is a table in the window and a couple down the adjacent wall before an open area with a ledge for resting your drink. A steep staircase opposite the bar takes you downstairs to the recently refurbished toilets. Beyond the staircase and bar the pub opens out into a larger back room with soft furnishings. No food is served (other than bar snacks) but the pub is relaxed about bringing your own food - "you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches as long as you take your rubbish with you"! This even extends to having menus for the local sandwich delivery shops available on the bar. You can also bring in Fish and Chips from the excellent next door chippy, again, taking your rubbish with you. The jukebox features a wide selection of Manchester artists (and a fair amount of The Pixies) - it can be reasonably loud in the back room but is comfortable in the front seating area. The clientele are a mix of after work business men, trendy locals, beer lovers, tourists & even the odd celebrity.

    • Castle Hotel 66 Oldham Street Manchester M4 1LE Telephone(0161) 237 9485

      This 200-year-old pub has outgrown its chequered past and blossomed to embrace a modern era. The Grade II listed building has been restored and its faded and rather tired décor has been given a new lease of life – all in tune with its grade 2 listed status. With 3 Robinsons beers and 2 guest hand pumps atop a wonderful tiled bar it is an impressive view that meets your eyes as you walk through the door. There is also a fine array of bottles and keg beers for those needing more. There are 2 back rooms plus a further upstairs room, bands often perform in the large backroom. The front room features an excellent jukebox.

    • Circus Tavern 86 Portland Street Manchester M1 4GX Telephone07863 349957

      Tiny,two-room Grade II listed public house that echoes times-past in its layout. A small quadrant bar manages to serve two cask beers, whilst friendly waiting staff guide you to a seat (space is at such a premium, that the table service really is a godsend here) in either the front room or back room (with TV). The back room's particular focus is on football material, meanwhile the focus in the front room is local history and entertainers associated with the city. Always popular with tourists, the Circus is a magnet for visitors to the town.

      NB. closing times may vary depending on the season and the number of customers in at the time. Also it has been reported that occasionally they don't open dead on time.

    • City Arms 46-48 Kennedy Street Manchester M2 4BQ Telephone(0161) 236 4610

      A traditional, compact two room city centre pub which is 190 years old in 2019 with 8 handpumps featuring 7 "rotating" ales, one of which is always a Vegan option and one a mild. Real ciders and sometimes a perry are available from boxes and ten whiskies always available, along with 150 gins. The pub has been a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide for many years. Full menu is served weekday lunchtime only but hot pies always available all day. Small pleasant yard to rear for smokers. There's always a friendly welcome which means the pub attracts a lot of regular clients - like a local in the city centre. Particularly busy on Fridays and Saturday evenings. Dogs are welcome on Sundays but not other days when the pub is too busy. Given a spruce-up including the toilets in early 2023.

    • City Road Inn 14 Albion Street Manchester M1 5NZ Telephone(0161) 236 3820

      The pub dates from 1898 and is situated on a busy corner location close to the Bridgewater Hall and the trendy Deansgate Locks area. From the outside the pub appears to be a typical large inner-city pub, but look can be deceptive. Inside the pub has just two rooms, one housing the main bar and another with a pool table. The decor is suprising, best described as rustic, bare wooden beams and brewing paraphenalia. The pub is extremely busy on MUFC match days with several tv's and drop down screens.

    • Cloudwater Unit 9 Unit 9, Piccadilly Trading Estate Manchester M1 2NP

      The Brewery tap for Cloudwater brewery is found on a small industrial state next to the brewery just off Great Ancoats Street. It is a small room with a view over a collection of wooden barrels. There are up to 20 keg beers available and the details of what is available that day are printed on the day's beer menu. Ciders and non-alcoholic drinks are also available as well as snacks. As of August 2019 they have started a selling cask ale and there are now two handpulls. Brewery tours are available 10:45- 12 on Saturdays with advance booking required. Occasionally food is sold. Payments are by card only. The disabled toilet is found in the unisex toilets. The Brewery shop is open from Noon until 10 p.m. every day except Saturday when it opens 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Company Bar 28 Richmond Street Manchester M1 3NB Telephone(0161) 237 9329

      Basement bar. Opens very late. Sister bar to upstairs Molly House. Two hand pumps have been installed, serving both bitter and IPA on a rotational basis. A gay bar that features occasional "men only" nights.

    • Corbieres Wine Cavern 2 Half Moon Street Manchester M2 7PB Telephone(0161) 834 3381

      Corbières is something of a Manchester institution. It’s a basement bar in the city centre, but hidden away below what was once a bookshop in a side street off St Ann’s Street. The doorway is decorated with mosaic tiling, and there are often some empty casks to alert those who’ve not visited before. Originally a wine bar, it is named after a wine producing area of the French Pyrenees. Narrow winding stairs lead to a single and somewhat cavernous room with a bar at the far side with a famously retro jukebox. After some time in storage the lizards have returned. A small kitchen is squeezed into a space at the end of the bar and produces good value snacks such as soup and deli plates. Two cask ales are offered, along with some interesting foreign bottled beers and cocktails. The single room fills up quickly and attracts a young (and young at heart) clientele.

    • Crafty Pig 4 Oldham Street, Manchester Manchester M1 1JQ Telephone(0161) 971 7800

      Bar refurbished, renamed and reopened in October 2014. DJ on Friday and Saturday night.

    • Crown & Anchor 6 Cateaton Street, Manchester Manchester M3 1SQ Telephone(0161) 834 2278

      Reopened 16/03/15 after a major refurbishment. The bar has moved to the back wall, where it was before 2003. A more upmarket Joseph Holt pub on two levels with the emphasis on the food operation. Despite this there are now four real ales available via 2 sets of handpumps serving the same set of beers. The beers are from Holt or Bootleg. Although the pub opens at 9am Fri-Sun alcohol is not available before 11am unless you are eating. This is part of an enclave of pubs on Exchange Square, which is now a popular drinking location. As such it can get crowded on weekend evenings or before events at the nearby Manchester arena. It still retains its traditional exterior with stone clad name at the top of the building.

    • Crown & Anchor 41 Hilton Street, Manchester Manchester M1 2EE Telephone(0161) 228 1142

      Reopened in April 2022 after a 4 month closure. This was refurbished in 2011 with silver-grey walls, pine flooring and charcoal carpeted areas giving it a more upmarket feel. There are normally three real ales available in this street-corner pub. There is a separate pool room at the rear and a roof terrace for outdoor drinking. Lunchtime food is available until 1500.

    • Crown & Kettle 2 Oldham Road Manchester M4 5FE

      This Grade II listed free house, previously called the Iron Dish and Cob of Coal was closed by Manchester City Council in 1989 following a large fight between United and City supporters. Was reopened in 2005 after 16 years in co-operation with English Heritage with particular attention to the fine and unusual ceiling. The central bar serves up to seven ever-changing real ales from all over the country. Refurbished in 2020, the pub has been smartened up following a change of ownership in 2021 and in some places the walls have been stripped back to the brickwork. There is a large drinking area in front of the bar along with a small vault and a snug at the rear. Two TVs in the main bar area list all the beers and ciders sold. The pub holds music nights and other varied events which are listed on their Facebook page.

      The pub itself dates from around 1800 whilst a pub was in this location since 1734 and was quite prosperous due to its junction location and proximity to the nearby Smithfield Markets. Food is available and is listed on cards left on the tables.. Greater Manchester CAMRA regional Pub of the Year 2015. Central Manchester Pub of the Year 2019. No children allowed - strictly 18+.

    • Deansgate 321 Deansgate Manchester M3 4LQ Telephone(0161) 839 5215

      The Deansgate reopened in November 2022 having closed over a year earlier. It is now owned by Greene King. Another of our disappearing traditional street corner locals, sighted within the shadow of Manchester's tallest structure, the Beetham Tower, with an impressive exterior. The interior is no less resplendent, with a certain whiff of old colonialism with its own ambience. From the front bar, there is a stand-up drinking area and a delightful array of other rooms and spaces in which to seat yourself. Several mixes of furniture with some raised areas and lounge seating, borne out of its previous incarnations as the Crown and Galvin's Bar. There is a first floor function room, which overlooks a roof terrace and a new second floor function room converted from the Manager's flat. Food is served all day and up to four real ales are on offer, not all from the GK stable.

    • Director's Box 89 Fountain Street Manchester M2 2EF Telephone(0161) 237 3733

      Converted from the former Crown public house to Beef and Pudding. Then changed again to a sports bar called Director's Box.

    • Disorder 78-88 High Street Manchester M4 1ES Telephone(0161) 819 2419

      Bar/restaurant with an upstairs bar serving craft keg beers and has two handpumps serving Vocation beers. Note that they charge more than half the pint price for a half. No indication on the website yet as to hours where food is served.

    • Dukes 92 18-20 Castle Street Manchester M3 4LZ Telephone(0161) 839 8642

      Dukes 92 opened in 1991 in the very early days of the regeneration of Manchester's Castlefield district. Since then it has become an institution in the area having more than doubled in size with several expansions over the years. The bar takes it's name from the adjacent Lock No 92 on the Rochdale Canal where the canal flows into Castlefield Basin and meets the Bridgewater Canal & the River Medlock. Is extremely popular in the summer months due to it's massive waterside patio area on the Castlefield Basin side of the building. Inside the main ground floor space is a large open plan area with one side of the L shaped bar to the right. The other side of the bar faces the rear of the building where the most recent expansion has added 'Dukes Grill' restaurant area. The upstairs gallery bar has a balcony overlooking the patio area and is available for hire for private parties. Two further event spaces not normally open to the public are also available to hire. In addition to Dukes Grill (12 - 10 Mon - Thurs; 12 - 10.30 Fri; 10.30am - 11pm Sat; 10.30am - 9.30pm Sun) their are three further menus on offer - the bar menu, the pizza menu & the cheese and pate selection. The bar menu is served 12 - 3pm Mon - Thurs & 12 - 4.30pm Fri - Sun. Pizzas and sharing buckets are served until 10pm daily (10.30 Fri/Sat, 9.30 Sun). Dukes 92 begain life as sister bar to Salford's Mark Addy, from which it inheritted the legendary cheese & pate selection. Served 12 - 7pm daily (12-6 Fri - Sun), for £7.95 you can choose from a selection of over 40 English & Continental cheeses and pate's, served with a choice of salad, granary or ciabatta bread and homemade pickles. Portions are massive - allow plenty of time to get through it or grab a doggy bag & take some home for later. Although not obvious when first looking across the bar, real ale is served from two stainless steel handpumps on the corner of the bar with unusual oversize pump clips showing both ales available complete with tasting notes. Unfortunately real ale availability can be erratic and quality is often variable.

    • Dutton's Commerical Union House, 2-10 Albert Square Manchester M2 6LW Telephone(0161) 241 6839

      Large modern bar facing Manchester Town Hall across Albert Square, opened by brewer JW Lees in 2013. The main body of the pub is essentially a large open space, it is broken up into a number of areas by mixture of partitions and islands of fixed seating. Decor is a mixture of bare brick and wood panelling. The bar runs down the side of the main area opposite the entrance. To the left of the entrance is a narrower area with four booths and three tables seating six each. To the right of the bar is a raised area reserved for diners, partitioned from the main room by imposing iron grills and gates. A retractable grate can also partition off the front area of this section to make an area for private parties. The front of the building is lined with tables under heated canopy, segregated from the pavement by small hedges. Three cask ales from the JW Lees range are offered.

    • Edinburgh Castle 17 Blossom Street, Manchester Manchester M4 5AN

      This former Whitbread pub had been closed for many years but after a major refurbishment reopened as a pub on 14th November 2019 with a restaurant on the first floor. It had been very tastefully renovated and as you enter from the corner door there is a long and impressive marble topped bar opposite. There are tables around the bar and high stools at the bar. In the area behind the bar there is more seating with quite a dark room on the right with mirrors and dark wood. The house beer is brewed by Ringwood and there is also an extensive selection of craft beers, foreign beers, whiskies and gins.

    • English Lounge 64-66 High Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1EA Telephone(0161) 834 9119

      Open plan divided by structural pillars. L-shaped bar, front right area reserved for diners. Normally at least one beer from Timothy Taylor.

    • FC United of Manchester 310, Lightbowne Road Manchester M40 0FJ Telephone(0161) 769 2005

      Cask ale available on match days, three usually on from 1pm on a Saturday match and one on an evening match, 2 typically from Holts or their Bootleg brand, plus one guest from an independent brewer, and are tweeted in the lead up to each game. The cask bar is under the terrace - the Main Stand bar at the top of the stand does not sell cask beer. Pre-match Saturdays are usually in conjunction with a band, sometimes poetry and a quiz. Open to those attending the match. Moston railway station and Newton Heath & Moston metro stations are just under 1 mile away each

    • Flok 5 Stevenson Square Manchester M1 1DN Telephone(0161) 236 7212

      This began as a bank, then latterly a gift shop. This is a bar with a light Catalan theme - initially it sold Pinxtos and had a small kitchen/preparation area. The kitchen has now gone and the food offering is charcuterie and small plates. It has a bare-boarded space with high-set booths looking out to Stevenson Square. The smart panelled bar is along a wall opposite you as you enter with 4 handpumps at the front dispensing cask ale and a keg wall behind. It is decorated in an eclectic style. Toilets are downstairs where is also a few more seats. There are tables outside on Stevenson Square but glasses are only allowed outside till 9pm, after that plastic glasses have to be used.

    • Fountain House The Memorial Hall,, Albert Square Manchester M2 5PF Telephone(0161) 834 1866

      FFormerly The Albert Square Chop House, The Fountain House opened in November 2021 in Thomas Worthington’s iconic Memorial Hall building on the corner of Manchester's Albert Square. This is the Metropolitan Pub Company's first premises in the North of England.

      The Fountain House will initially open three of its five storeys to customers – with the lower ground floor for gastropub dining, a pub on the ground floor that serves bar snacks and private dining and function space for weddings and meetings on the first floor. There are 2 other floors above yet to be utilised but planned as a boutique hotel.

      Cask ale availability is sporadic.

    • Gas Lamp 50a Bridge Street Manchester M3 3BW Telephone(0161) 478 1224

      The Gas Lamp is an interesting pub. Opened in 2010, and housed in the former Manchester & Salford Children's Mission building, the pub has an impressive frontage, but you could easily miss the small doorway that leads down to this basement bar. On descending the dimly lit stairs, the room you enter is certainly different for a pub - Victorian glazed brick walls and little in the way of decoration. The bar is along the wall to the rear and is a sparse wooden affair. On the bar are four handpumps. The real ales on offer are interesting - no "famous" national brands here - the beers are selected from the pubs own Brewery (Pomona Island) and smaller interesting breweries, many of whom are not seen regularly even in Manchester's multi-ale houses. There is also an interest8ing selection of Whiskies available with a regular "Whisky of the Month". Several are by Chorlton Whisky https://chorltonwhisky.co.uk/. The Gas Lamp's Pomona Island brewery, is located in Weaste in Salford. As with a lot of pubs, post pandemic, payment at the bar is by card only.

    • Gasworks 5 Jack Rosenthal Street Manchester Manchester M3 4LY Telephone(0161) 236 3689

      Named after the old Gaythorn Gasworks site that it is built on, this latest offering from the Dockyard chain opened in October 2016. A large single drinking area with various tables and booths dotted throughout, it is styled in contemporary industrial chic. There are 2 tables of the Norwegian game Shufl to provide amusement. The handpumps are in a bank on the left of the bar. There is a six-barrel microbrewery onsite - there are usually 3 in-house beers of varying styles on the bar in both keg and cask form.

    • Grand Central 80 Oxford Street Manchester M1 5NH Telephone(0161) 236 0890

      Grand Central is located just south of Manchester city centre, close to Oxford Road Station. It's open 7 days a week but has live music on Thursday nights, with the occasional 'special' on other days of the week. In its own words it is 'proud to be rock n metal to its foundations' - so expect it loud, especially at weekends. It is also the North West home of Bloodstock Festival's Metal To The Masses contest. However, lunchtimes and early evening it is popular with the suits from Manchester's business community who call in one route to their daily commute who happily rub shoulders with the students and metal fans. A long and thin building, the main bar is directly in front of you as you enter. The stage is to the right while to the length is a deceptively large seating area.

    • Grey Horse 80 Portland Street Manchester M1 4QX Telephone(0161) 228 2595

      A friendly single-roomed old pub, probably converted from early 19th century weavers cottages, and named after an act in the circus that used to overwinter in this block. It has a light, clean interior with tartan upholstered bench seating and stools, and dark laminate floor around a small semi-circular bar. Entered by steps from the street so may prove difficult for disabled. A tiny, heated outdoor yard at the rear can seat two people. Certainly one of the smallest pubs in the city. Can get busy on match days, when space is at a premium. On Mondays and Thursdays you get 50p off all cask ales. CAMRA discount of 10% on other days.

    • Gullivers 109 Oldham Street Manchester M4 1LW Telephone(0161) 819 2970

      Reopened in September 2013 and refurbished in the summer of 2014. There is a long narrow front room with the bar along the wall on the left as you enter from Oldham St and raised tables on the right. There are two further rooms, the first, on the left as you leave the bar, is the larger and is quite dark, the second is down a corridor and smaller and quieter. The first floor of the pub is a live music venue.

    • Hare & Hounds 46 Shudehill Manchester M4 4AA Telephone(0161) 832 4737

      Grade II-listed pub, opposite Shudehill transport interchange, with a nationally important historic interior and mottled tile frontage. Remodelled about 1925 the building dates back to about 1800. Split with a lobby in front of a bar, a lounge at the rear and vault at the front; the pub can be busy most days. Free and Easy sing along and other entertainment takes place regularly and it appeals to the mature drinker and sports fans. Since our last visit sympathetic redecoration and new photographs of ‘Manchester as it was’ feature on the walls throughout the pub and are an interesting addition.

    • Hetheringtons Cafe Bar 8 Pollard Street Manchester M4 7DS Telephone(0161) 850 8554

      Cafe Bar set up in 2019 that sells cask beers from Robinsons. More information will be available when open again and visited. Note hours are as in Tier 2 lockdown.

    • Home 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street Manchester M15 4FN Telephone(0161) 228 7621

      Formed from a marriage of the Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre, HOME is an arts centre featuring 2 theatres and 5 cinemas, that opened in Spring 2015. The main L-shaped bar lies to the left of the entrance lobby on the ground floor. There are three small banks of handpumps and the house beer is brewed by Brightside from Radcliffe There's an outside drinking area on the concrete piazza outside. Food (and a smaller range of cask beer) is available in the first floor cafe bar.

    • Jack In The Box 1 Eagle Street Manchester M4 5BU

      This Blackjack bar is located in the Grade II listed Mackie Mayor building. This is the old Smithfield Meat market that reopened in October 2017 after an extensive and impressive renovation as a location for dining and drinking. The Mackie Mayor is run by the same people behind the successful Altrincham market transformation. The Blackjack bar is found in a raised area adjacent to Swan Street. There are 8 hand pumps and 10 keg fonts selling both Blackjack and guest ales. Real cider is available in bottles. Seating is available in the centre of the hall shared by all outlets. Voted 'Best Newcomer' in 2018 by the local branch. The Mackie Mayor venue is also open for breakfasts etc., prior to the bar opening. Toilets are upstairs with a lift for disabled access.

    • Lass O'Gowrie 36 Charles Street Manchester M1 7DB Telephone(0161) 273 5822

      From the outside this looks a splendid Victorian glazed tile building, and thankfully the inside evokes that traditionalism too. The walls show the pub's support for north-west performers and characters, alongside modern and period photos of Manchester. Very popular with students in term time, can be rather lacking vibrancy during academic breaks. Refurbished in early 2014 to a high standard, this kick-started the improving fortunes of this former Threlfall's Brewery house. Six handpulls adorn the bar. There is a snug tucked away at the back for small informal gatherings or a larger function room upstairs for up to 40 people. Entertainment during the week involves the 'Big Fat Stupid' quiz on a Thursday, whilst it is promised that the upstairs function room will be used for more events in the future. Note the clever use of decking built over the River Medlock to create a smoking balcony opened by comedian and former pub regular Johnny Vegas. Voted 'National Pub of the Year 2012' in the Great British Pub Awards. Discounts of 20p off a half and 50p off a pint for CAMRA members. Also the site of the first Pisoire in Manchester, evidently depositing into the Medlock!

    • Liquor Store Maybrook House, 40 Blackfriars Street, Blackfriars Manchester M3 2EG Telephone(0161) 834 6239

      Bar on the corner of Blackfriars street and Parsonage, started selling a single real ale from April 2015.

    • Lock 91 9 Century Street Manchester M3 4QL Telephone(0161) 819 5444

      Cosy bar spread across 3 floors, below Metrolink station and the other side of the road from Deansgate railway station. This bar is a pleasant change from the identikit bars at Deansgate Locks.

    • Lost Dene 144 Deansgate Manchester M3 3EE Telephone(0161) 839 9035

      Large open plan pub on busy through road. Big screens and TVs visible from all directions, often showing sports. Formerley a Hog's Head the pub was rebranded and renamed in 2011 however the interior layout is little changed. Children are allowed in until 6pm.

    • Lower Turks Head 36 Shudehill, Manchester Manchester M4 1EZ Telephone(0161) 834 2910

      The Lower Turks Head was purchased by Joseph Holt in 2021 after a period of closure and reopened in July 2021. It had originally reopened in August 2013 after 22 years of initial closure. There are several small drinking areas and alcoves on the ground floor off the main bar as well as an upstairs drinking area that leads to a roof terrace. The raised drinking pews opposite the bar are quite unique for the area. The full range of regular Joseph Holts beers are served in excellent condition. The pub sits in a terrace opposite Shudehill tram shop and is close to the Arndale shopping centre and Printworks entertainment and bar area.

    • Marble Arch 73 Rochdale Road, Collyhurst Manchester M4 4HY Telephone(0161) 832 5914

      On approaching this famous real ale pub and brewery take a moment to look up to appreciate its impressively stacked roof and ornate chimneys. Then enjoy the grandeur of the eponymous front entrance although the marble that gives the pub its name is in fact Shap granite. It was built in 1888 on the site of a previous 1829 pub as a show house pub for McKenna's Brewery and had electric lighting installed from the start. The fine barrel vaulted ceramic tiled ceiling and decorative frieze - covered up during alteration in 1954 - were revealed again in the early 1980's. Drinking the frieze would be formidable challenge! The mosaic sloping floor leading you inexorably to the bar and the glazed tile walls add to the splendour of the pub. The back room, which acts as a restaurant, is a lot plainer. There is also a pleasant beer yard at the rear. Marble beers are no longer brewed on site, in Spring 2019 the brewery relocated to a larger site in Salford. 2022 marked their 25th successive year in the Good Beer Guide.

    • Micro Bar Unit FC16, Arndale Market Manchester M4 3AH Telephone07852 617295

      This interesting and innovative bar was opened by Paradise Brewery when the Arndale Market was refurbished in 2006 and in 2009 it was taken over by the Boggart Hole Clough Brewery, until its closure in 2016. The bar is now run by Mark and Mary who give you a warm welcome. It was extended into another stall in 2010 which added some stools by the bar although you generally sit in the market hall seating. Despite this extension it is still rather small but still manages to sell cask beers as well as real cider from its five hand pumps. As well as two draught craft ales with a third coming soon, two lagers and a Belgian Kriek, along with a fine selection of bottled domestic and continental beers to whet your whistle. While it does not sell food there is plenty of variety available from the surrounding stalls. The hours are limited to the market opening times but it is well worth a visit, especially if you have had enough retail therapy in the Arndale. Sells some of the owner Mark's 'Out of the Cellar' beers brewed at home.

    • Millstone 65 - 67 Thomas Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1LQ Telephone(0161) 839 0213

      Lively city centre pub catering mainly for older clientele. It hosts regular singing evenings performed by the locals. A former Wilsons pub it was acquired by J W Lees in 2004. The friendly landlord often mixes and chats with his customers. There are three distinct drinking areas and the large front windows are opened when the weather allows. It provides inexpensive accommodation (14 rooms) and this operation is known as the Little Northern Hotel. Underwent refurbishment in late June 2014 which included opening former office space into an extra drinking area at the rear of the pub.

    • Mitre 1- 3 Cathedral Gates Manchester M3 1SW Telephone(0161) 834 4128

      This is a large residential hotel with abar fronting onto the popular drinking area of Exchange Square. There is lots of comfy and maybe some would say unusual seating. The hotel itself is a Grade II listed building with a mixture of sandstone and Jacobean styles. It was refurbished and reopened in December 2009 and sold to Enterprise Inns in late 2010. There are 33 rooms available for accommodation as well as a function room with a capacity for 80 people. Food is available until 2100 (2200 Fri & Sat). Dogs are allowed at the manager's discretion. Newspapers and WiFi are available for hotel residents.

    • Molly House 26 Richmond Street Manchester M1 3NB Telephone(0161) 237 9329

      A former worsted tailors shop in a street behind Canal Street that may well have started a new movement in the village, it opened as a bar and cafe in December 2010. Not just a bar, it does 20 different teas, specialist coffees, and high-end spirits. The name derives from the London molly houses of the 18th & 19th Century. Set on two levels, its decor is described as post-Victorian decadent shabby chic. 'The Tea Room' where the kitchen is sited has the cask ale bar together with food servery. There are 5 handpumps though not all may be in use. It is furnished with wooden tables, chairs and benches. Upstairs in The Bordello', the decor and lighting is more intimate with sofas and a fireplace. . An outside smoking and drinking terrace opens off this room. Food service is 1 till 9 serving tapas .Vegan options are available. The beer range specialises in local brewers and the policy is to serve examples of many different beer styles. Local CAMRA brnach Pub of the Year 2023.

    • Moon Under Water 68-74 Deansgate Manchester M3 2FN Telephone(0161) 834 5882

      A huge converted cinema which once boasted being Britain's largest pub with a capacity of well over 1000 people, this Wetherspoons pub boasts 3 separate bars, the main one as you enter, one on the raised area to the rear of the pub and the third on the four sided balcony above the rear bar. Each bar has its own cellar but the beers in the back bar are duplicated in the upstairs bar. Pub aims to serve six guest ales are served during week, rising to up to 8 at weekends. There is often less cask ale variety in the back 2 bars than the entrance bar. Opening for breakfast at 8am (with alcohol served from 9am) the pub attracts a variety of clientele as it goes through the day and week. Although a quiet pub with muted TV news much like other Wetherspoons during the day, it is much livelier at night. Often when the entrance bar appears very busy the back 2 rooms can be much quieter.

    • Mr Thomas's Chop House 52 Cross Street Manchester M2 7AR Telephone(0161) 832 2245

      Mrs. Sarah's is one of only a handful of Manchester pubs listed in CAMRA's National Inventory Of Historic Pub Interiors. A long, narrow room devided by green tiled arches leads from the entance along the bar and opens up into two further rooms divided by the same arches at the back. The rear room is a dining area and there is a magnificent ceramic fire place. The pub is famed for its food and is popular with theatregoers to the nearby Royal Exchange Theatre.

    • Nam Unit 2, 33 Blossom Street Manchester M4 6AJ Telephone(0161) 637 2720

      Vietnamese restaurant with a bar in the basement that sells Keykeg conditioned beers from Runaway and keg beers from Alphabet.

    • North Taproom Circle Square, Nova Way Manchester M1 7FA Telephone(0161) 507 1990

      First Manchester bar for Leeds based North Brewery that opened in January 2023 in the Circle Square complex off Oxford Road. It has 24 taps on a wall behind the bar, many for keg and 2 for cask and 1 for cider. The cask will be from North Brewery or a North collaboration and regular keg beers will be Springwell, Atlantic and Pinata from North. The food offering is Bao Buns from Little Bao Boy.

    • North Westward Ho Pall Mall 19, Chapel Walks Manchester M2 1HN Telephone07300 820592

      This new pub has been opened by Salford's Pomona Island brewery on October 5th 2023 on the site formerly occupied by Chaophraya Thai restaurant. It is one long room with the bar opposite as you enter. There is lots of varnished wood and prints on the wall and it has received a very high class finish. There are a few steps up to the entrance so unfortunately no disabled access but after that everything is on one level.

      It has 5 cask lines and 22 keg lines. These are in 2 banks of 11 either side of the handpulls. Currently those on the right bank serve pale ales and fruit beers whilst those on the left serve sour beers, dark beers and oddities.

      It’s name harks back to a legendary old pub ship that was moored at Pomona Docks in the 1970’s.

    • Northern Monk Refectory 10 Tariff Street Manchester M1 2FF Telephone0330 223 5707

      Opened in November 2018 as Leeds brewer Northern Monk's first North-West outlet. Serving real ale with 4 cask and 20 keg lines. The bar, which is card only, is in the room to the left as you enter up a few steps. This room has well-lit tables and the floorboards are bare wood. There is some soft seating at the entrance area and booth seating at both ends and high tables opposite the bar. There are bench and booth seating in the larger second room and an additional function room for hire downstairs where the toilets are also located. Unfortunately there is no lift so there is no disabled access to the toilets. It is a listed building with a smoking area at the rear. Food is sometimes available through pop-ups. The 4 cask ales are served from handpumps at the right-hand end of the bar, these are predominately Northern Monk beers with some classic outstanding guest ales. There is a fridge selling cans and sharing bottles, which are mainly Northern Monk, and some merchandise for sale too.

    • Number 1 Canal Street 1 Canal Street Manchester M1 3HE Telephone(0161) 236 4593

      Premises now closed (10.01.2023). Future unknown.

    • Old Monkey 90-92 Portland Street Manchester M1 4GX Telephone(0161) 228 6626

      Manchester brewer, Joseph Holt's first ever new-build house in the city. Built on the site of the Queens Arms beer house, it opened in 1993 to great acclaim. The early success of the 'Monkey' inspired Holt to open the Ape & Apple nearby. It is set on two floors where the downstairs is seldom anything less than abuzz with custom and is definitely the main engine of trade. Popular with tourists who venture here from their nearby hotels. The upstairs has its own bar, and serves food and drink in a more relaxed, comfortable and intimate environment, though this bar may not be open when the pub is quiet and is often used for functions and meetings. The upstairs windows provide you with great views of the bustle of the Princess Street junction. Holts Mild is available through the winter months.

    • Old Nags Head 19 Jackson's Row Manchester M2 5WD Telephone(0161) 832 4315

      A classic Victorian pub interior with plenty of wood panelling, many photos and posters and a fine island bar and staircase. Access from both Jackson's Row and Lloyd Street. First floor provides pool room with 4 pool tables and function room with a second bar. Second floor has roof garden, but this is not always open. Resident DJ Friday and Saturday nights. Live music on the second Sunday every month.

    • Old Wellington 4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester Manchester M3 1SW Telephone(0161) 839 5179

      This pub dates back to 1552 when it was close to the old market which was the centre of the town at that time. It is the only remaining timber framed building typical of Manchester at that time. Despite its age it has been fairly mobile in recent times. Along with Sinclairs Oyster Bar it was raised on a concrete raft in a 1970's redevelopment of the old Shambles to make way for an underground access road. Both pubs moved again after the IRA bombing of 1996, this time about 120yards to their current location and reopened in 1999. Sensitive renovation was carried out during both moves. The pub has literally settled into its new location and sells up to eight real ales from its ground floor bar. There are two upper floors which are mainly given over to a popular restaurant operation although you are able to sit and drink upstairs if you wish. It shares a courtyard with Sinclair's next door but if you wish to drink outside you will often be required to use a plastic glass.

    • Oxnoble 71 Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4NQ Telephone(0161) 834 3321

      The Oxnoble (formerly known as just The Ox) describes itself as a gastro pub/hotel, 'serving excellent, modern, English food sourced from the finest local ingredients'. The pub is definitely food led with the area to the right of the bar reserved for diners occupying over half the total area of the pub. However, drinkers are welcomed in the area of the pub in front of and to the left of the bar. A range of up to five real ales is on offer alongside an extensive wine list. Low level lighting & a traditional rustic decor with solid wooden furniture give the pub a welcoming atmosphere. There is a quiz night every Sunday from 9.30pm with wine & cash for the winners. Food is served Monday to Saturday: 12 – 10pm & Sunday: 12-9pm. Menus frequently change to reflect seasonal produce and regular daily specials are available. A special 2 courses for £10 offer is available 12 - 10pm Monday - Saturday with a choice of 4 starters, 4 main courses & three deserts. This is good value as the main courses are typically priced at £9.95 on their own. The hotel offers ten stylish en-suite rooms. with free Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities and freeview TV. Room types available include; single, double, twin, triple and family rooms and prices start from £49.95 per night.

    • Paramount 33-35 Oxford Street Manchester M1 4BH Telephone(0161) 233 1820

      So named because of its location in Manchester’s old theatre-land, this large and extremely popular Wetherspoon pub has a very lively, yet always controlled atmosphere. However, what really sets it apart is the enthusiasm of the team here for their wide and interesting range of cask beers. Old photos of now closed theatres and cinemas adorn the walls but it is still very handy for many modern day venues including Manchester Central conference centre, Palace Theatre and Bridgewater Hall. Six changing beers, though Doom Bar is very often available. Food is available all day from 8am to 11pm.

    • Peer Hat 14-16 Faraday Street Manchester M1 1BE Telephone07510 728092

      Bar on the ground floor, there are 4 hand pumps, 2 tied to Marston's breweries with others serving local beers. Also 6 keg lines with 4 tied to Marston's products. At the time of visit one keg product was Runaway KeyKeg (real ale) beer. It has a downstairs area for music and club events, which can also be hired as a function room.

    • Pelican 35 Dale Street Manchester M1 2HF Telephone07761 800828

      Pelican took over the premises of the former Beatnikz Republic NQ bar in March 2023. It is located in a converted Grade II listed office block on the corner of Dale St and Tariff St. Pelican is run by a team from Squawk brewery and will have many Squawk beers on sale both in cask and keg. The entrance is up a number of steps and is shared with the Idle Hands coffee shop. Pelican is through the right hand door and as you enter, the bar area is long and narrow with the bar at the far end. Seating is high tables to the left and table and bench seating on the right. The bar has 14 fonts on the back wall for keg and 4 handpumps at the right end of the bar for cask and cider.

      There is an outside area with tables on the pavement but plastic glasses must be used if drinking outside.

      Card payment only.

    • Peveril of the Peak 127 Great Bridgewater Street Manchester M1 5JQ Telephone(0161) 236 6364

      The 'Pev' is a famous Manchester institution, still run by the city’s longest serving landlady with 51 years service in 2022. A splendid etched mirror hangs over the fireplace in the snug (formerly the Smoke Room), commemorating the first forty years of her tenure. The pub, like its landlady, is a great survivor. It stands as a small triangular island of civilised drinking, shorn of the rest of the original terrace but surrounded by much taller office and apartment blocks of both 19th and 21st century origin. The glorious green tiled exterior hides an even more splendid interior, full of polished wood, stained glass and traditional bench seating along the walls – much of it with the original bell pushes that once summoned bar staff to take customers' orders. There are four distinct drinking areas. Entering from the street you find yourself in a long and twisting drinking lobby surrounding the island bar. Behind the bar, in the V of the pub's wedge shape, is the public bar, featuring an unusual and antique “table football” machine. In the opposite direction are another wedge-shaped room (the afore-mentioned cosy snug, often the venue for folk groups) and the L-shaped rear room.

    • Piccadilly Tap 8 Gateway House, Piccadilly Station Approach Manchester M1 2GH Telephone(0161) 393 4168

      Opened March 2015 in a former shop unit in the then Gateway House on Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station approach has established itself as a popular venue particularly those toing and froing from the Station. The bar on the ground floor features a largely standing room area with a mixture of tall tables and lower table seating; upstairs is a seating area with bench, pool table and toilets and a terrace overlooking Piccadilly approach, also seating outside at the front. Five real ales and a number of craft ales are dispensed; following a bar refresh in 2018 the cask ales continue to be dispensed through handpumps rather than through fonts. Large beer and price list on the wall to the right of the bar. Freshly prepared pizza is now available from Noon each day. The cellar is upstairs. Very handy for trains (and potentially missing them).

    • Piccadilly Tavern 71-75 Piccadilly, Manchester Manchester M1 2BS Telephone(0161) 236 9622

      Large split level pub that provides a welcoming stop between Piccadilly bus, rail and metrolink stations. After a refurbishment in June 2013 there are now up to eight real ales are available along with two ciders. John Smith's cask bitter is a permanent beer with two regular Moorhouse's ales along with various guest ales appearing. The bar is in the front of the pub at the lower level while the large raised level is at the rear. Good value food is served until 9.30 pm. Busy on match days due to proximity to Piccadilly station. CAMRA member discount available.

    • Pie & Ale Units 1-2 Northern Quarter Arcade, The Hive, Lever Street Manchester M1 1FN Telephone(0161) 228 1610

      Pie & Ale reopened after a short 2 month closure in May 2018. Originally opened in May 2013 on the ground floor of a recently built office block known as 'The Hive'. The name tells you pretty much what you need to know, it sells six real ales and a selection of pies. The beers are predominantly from local brewers but there is also a cheaper house ale called 'Yipee pie ale' brewed by Wells and Young. There is a selection of over 20 bottled beers from various parts of the globe. The decor is in a modern style with an island bar with tables in front and behind. There is a 'snug' looking to the front as well as seating outside the bar in what is effectively a corridor through the middle of the building. On a mezzanine above and behind the bar are a series of comfortable booths. The beer hall to the left is used for functions and showing sports matches on a large screen. There is 25% off cask ale on Tuesdays. During the week it may close early if not busy.

    • Port Street Beer House 39-41 Port Street Manchester M1 2EQ Telephone(0161) 237 9949

      Opened in early 2011 in former shop premises in a back street in the Northern Quarter. There are seven handpumps providing an always interesting range of beers. Also a wide selection of other draught beers and bottled beers available, mostly from Europe and the USA. The bar is on the ground floor and there is an upstairs room as well as a beer garden at the rear. Note the toilets are on the second floor but there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor. They provide group beer tastings and have regular Tap takeovers. North Manchester CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2014. It should be noted that closing time at a weekend may be later.

    • Rain Bar 80 Great Bridgewater Street Manchester M1 5JG Telephone(0161) 235 6500

      One of the largest pubs in the JW Lees Brewery estate, this pub occupies a prime location on the Rochdale canal, close to the Bridgewater Hall, home of the Halle Orchestra. Formerly an umbrella factory, it was converted into JW Lees' flagship pub in the 90s and underwent a refurbishment in 2023. The full range of JW Lees cask ales are served. The ground floor area curves round three sides of the large bar, with a variety of raised and sunken areas helping to break up the room. Dominated by dark wood & leather, can seem cosy or gloomy, depending on time of year. The large patio area alongside the Rochdale Canal is the pub's best feature. One of the largest outdoor drinking areas in Manchester city centre, it can predictably can get very busy during summer. Pub food including daily specials is served until 8 on weekdays and until 6 at weekends. Upstairs is a large function room with room for up to 120 while the third floor houses 'The Boardroom' - a second function room suitable for dining functions and meetings with a difference.

    • Rising Sun 22 Queen Street Manchester M2 5HX Telephone(0161) 834 1193

      Built in 1684 as a public house this is a little gem and one of only 3 pubs in the City Centre to have a front and rear entrance (one on Queen Street & one on Lloyd Street). Refurbished in February 2012 to give a more traditional pub feel and improved use of space. Very popular with local office workers at lunchtimes, the pub welcomes locals and visitors alike. A range of seven real ales are served. LocAles from Millstone and others feature permanently along side others often from the Lancaster & Moorhouses brewery ranges. Home cooked food at lunchtimes is very popular with the specialtiy being Mr Smith's Homemade Chilli. The Landlord stated if you want a quick meal go to McDonalds! Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Season for Autumn 2010. Beware closing times tend to be slightly earlier than other city centre pubs. Plus, on Monday the pub may not open until the afternoon.

    • Rivals Bar St Anns Square Manchester M2 7DH Telephone(0161) 615 6666

      This is the bar inside the Royal Exchange theatre and opened in September 2017. The Rivals Bar and Restaurant is operated by the team behind the Baker´s Vaults in Stockport. The bar is still open when performances are running in the theatre but closes early if there is no performance that evening.

    • Rose & Monkey Hotel 31 Swan Street Manchester M4 5JZ Telephone(0161) 312 1085

      This small and friendly pub has changed hands and is now under the stewardship of Chris Slater and Leigh Handford. It is a long narrow pub with 2 rooms one behind the other, the front room facing the street contains the bar. The pub has been refreshed and the removal of the pool table in the back room has created significantly more space. They continue to provide live music most nights and Chris and Leigh are also custodians of The Twisted Wheel music venue in the city. The pub may occasionally open on a Monday.

    • Sadler's Cat Sadler's Yard Manchester M4 4AH Telephone(0161) 834 4989

      Sadler's Cat serves 14 keg beers and 3 cask beers served via Handpull, cask beers are usually from Cloudwater but with occasional guests.

      Originally opened as Pilcrow it did not reopen after the December 2020 lockdown and it was announced in June that Common & Co who had the lease were not reopening it. The lease ran out in September 2021 anyway. The pub reopened under the management of Cloudwater brewery in July 2021 after refurbishment. It is a single level wooden building facing Sadler's Yard. It is a long thin bar with tables on a patio area outside.

      Opened originally as The Pilcrow in October 2016. The pub sits on the site of Manchester's first steam mill and was notable for having all its interior's fixtures and fittings made by volunteers as part of a community project financed by the Coop.

      The pub is also on the site of the very first hot air balloon flight from Manchester in May 1785. The balloonist was James Sadler, who was the first English aeronaut, and on the flight from Manchester, he took his cat with him. hence the pub's name. They both landed safely in Radcliffe, some eight miles to the north.

      Opened originally as The Pilcrow in October 2016. The pub sits on the site of Manchester's first steam mill and was notable for having all its interior's fixtures and fittings made by volunteers as part of a community project financed by the Coop.

    • Salisbury Ale House 2 Wakefield Street Manchester M1 5NE Telephone(0161) 236 5590

      Hidden in a hollow of the historic “little Ireland” section between Oxford Road Station and Oxford Road, this brown-tiled pub has long been a favourite with rock fans. The interior has lost a lot of its original features, but the bar has some areas of interest. There are usually six real ales on, including the (for Manchester) rare Old Peculiar. The beer garden is out the back of the pub, past the jukebox. Always friendly, it also serves pizzas. Although it is generally quieter mid-week, it gives a discount to those with a gig ticket, so can be very busy.

    • Sam's Chop House Chapel Walks, off Cross Street Manchester M2 1HN Telephone(0161) 834 3210

      Reopened in February 2022. It did not reopen after the 2021 lockdown because of structural work that needed to be done to the building that contains the Chop House.

      A low ceiling pub with an ornate restaurant attached that specialises in traditional British food. Sam's dates back to 1872 and has been on the current premises since the 1950's. The bar is ahead of you as you come down stairs from the street. There are 6 handpumps though usually only 3 beers on. There is a small space to the left with high barrel tables and a larger area to the right of the bar. Steeped in history and once patronised by LS Lowry who is commemorated with a life-sized statue at the bar.

    • Sawyers Arms 138 Deansgate Manchester M3 2RP Telephone(0161) 834 2133

      The Grade II listed Sawyers Arms is a dramatic looking pub from the outside. It has stunning bevelled and engraved glass windows of a by-gone era. The bar is on the ground floor and upstairs is a restaurant area. In December 2014, the pub re-opened under the ownership of the Nicholson's group, with 7 handpumps installed.

    • Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse Blossom Street Manchester M4 6AP Telephone(0161) 228 2404

      Created within the historic Ice Plant building, the Beerhouse is spacious, spread over 2 stories. The bar is upstairs and runs along the best part of one wall. There are 3 handpumps, but more than not only two are being used. Seven Bro7hers mostly present craft beers, via an impressive font wall. Downstairs is often used for private events, although the toilets are also down there. The food menu is varied and tasty. Please note that all Seven Bro7hers establishments are card payment only as of February 2020. Please be aware that to access Facebook for this establishment you need to login to be age verified as over 18.

    • Seven Oaks 5 Nicholas Street Manchester M1 4HL Telephone(0161) 237 1233

      Distinctive white glazed faience block exterior with architectural ironwork tree and small ironwork balcony, on the edge of the Chinatown area and handy for Manchester Art Gallery. Enter via steps from the street into a single, well-furnished room surrounding a traditional bar with cut glass mirrors. There are stairs leading up to a far larger function room that is used when the pub is more crowded. All in all a very traditional, friendly and pleasant pub. Although it opens quite late, club members can drink till 7am. The Seven Oaks Best Bitter is brewed for the pub by Greene King. Toilets are in the basement so not really suitable for disabled customers. Food served weekdays 12-3. One of the few pubs in the city to have a pinball machine too.

    • Shakespeare 16 Fountain Street Manchester M2 2AA Telephone(0161) 834 5515

      The pub has occupied the site since 1721, although the frontage was brought from Chester in the early 1900's. Cask Ale Club (£2,60 a pint) every Thursday.

    • Sinclairs Oyster Bar 2 Cathedral Gates, Manchester Manchester M3 1SW Telephone(0161) 834 0430

      Sam Smith's only central Manchester outlet which stopped serving real ale many for many years but was noticed to be selling cask again in early 2022 though it had apparently been selling cask Old Brewery Bitter since 2020.

      This is a fine timber framed building which has been moved on 2 locations, the last time being when Shambles Square was demolished. The pub is split over 2 floors with a separate bar on each floor. Be aware that you will have to use a plastic glass if you want to sit outside the pub.

    • Sir Ralph Abercromby 35 Bootle Street Manchester M2 5GU Telephone(0161) 222 6467

      Re-opening on 06.07.2020. For details of any changes to opening times, please contact the pub. A traditional back street local, located next door to the city's main police station. It was under threat of demolition from 2014 to 2017 due to a new development but was saved after a determined battle by friends of the pub assisted by CAMRA. It is close to the site of the Peterloo massacre and is believed to be the only pub remaining from that period. A mural has been painted commemorating the massacre and adorns one of the walls. Decoration places the emphasis on light colours, polished wood, and all neat and tidy with plenty of drinking space. Catering for the young and older crowds alike, it has a central bar serving all areas of the pub, the former games room now being converted into a function room. Soft, piped music is broadcast, to match the furnishings. The food servery with a new fresh menu is towards the rear, near the entrance to the beer garden, which spans an L-shaped area, ideal for the summer months.

    • Slug & Lettuce Heron House, Albert Square Manchester M2 5HD Telephone(0161) 839 3604

      Long, open-plan, one room bar comprising of resturant, bar and small lounge area. Overlooking Albert Square and the Town Hall. Beware of trip hazard from step up to the bar. Long veranda with outdoor tables. Cask ale not always available, no disabled access to bar serving area.

    • Smithfield Market Tavern 37 Swan Street, Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ

      Once one of the premier cask pubs in the Northern Quarter it was returned to its former glories, extended and improved and is now a modern day proper pub run by Manchester based Blackjack Brewery. It was refurbished in 2020. North Manchester CAMRA Best newcomer 2015; Central Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016 and again in 2022; Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016 AWARDS Pub of the Year. It has been selected as Central Manchester CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year for 2019 for its long-term stocking on tap of Hallets Cider from Wales and a superb selection of Fine Ciders, many of which are wild yeast real ciders. Serving six ever-changing cask ales, 4 of which tend to be from Blackjack Brewery beers with the other two Guest ales; 10 keg beers; an eclectic selection of bottles and bar snacks. A family and dog friendly pub with Billiards, Darts and with a selection of board games and books to the rear in an old fireplace. A few comfy sofas and lots of cushioned seating with plug sockets underneath, some quiet music and a hum of chatter.

    • Store Street Craft Bar 1 Auburn Street Manchester M1 3DG Telephone(0161) 242 1000

      Bar connected to Store Street Exchange restaurant It was selling real ale in early 2019 but recent reports to be confirmed indicate it may no longer sell real ale.

    • Tariff & Dale 2 Dale Street, Manchester Manchester M1 2FN Telephone(0161) 710 2233

      Opened in early May 2015 in a former cotton spinners warehouse and showroom. Entry is via a small lobby with a weighing machine (insert no coach parties joke here), the upstairs to the bar or down to the restaurant area. The modern bar is in a large room with rough painted brickwork. There are various styles of seating including an ingenious snug in the old lift shaft at the left hand end of the bar. The toilets and a separate drinking area are round the corner at the far end. Currently two regular real ales available on hand pump along with six craft beer fonts. A range of food is available all day at the bar or from the restaurant downstairs (Breakfasts until noon). There are DJ nights as well - see social media sites for details.

    • Terrace 43 Thomas Street Manchester M4 1NA Telephone(0161) 819 2345

      This very modern style bar has an eclectic range of clientele and was converted from a shop unit. It is one long room which opens out as you go further in. It has music most evenings and serves good food. There is a rear entrance on Edge Street (opposite Common) although this may not always be open. The pub also has a free to use "Community Space" upstairs.

    • Thirsty Scholar 50 New Wakefield Street Manchester M1 5NP Telephone(0161) 236 6071

      Tucked away in a railway arch below the viaduct taking the line between Manchester Oxford Road and Piccadilly Stations, the Thirsty Scholar and its associated Attic nightclub is in an area of the town popular with students but attracts a wide variety of clientele. The pub is one of the city's premier venues for free live music with live music most nights from Monday to Thursday, from up and coming acoustic artists to full bands. Weekend evenings feature DJs. Saturday sees DJ Martin The Mod host 'Suitable' which attracts a mixed crown to listen to beat, ska, motown and a great selection of Northern Soul tunes, all played on vinyl. Friday and Sundays operate a rotating sequence of nights covering a variety of musical styles but tending towards the 60s, 70s and 80s. The pub also has some of the latest opening times of any free entry pub in the area. During the day, the pub provides a retreat from the husstle and busstle of Oxford Road outside and the train line above. The pub is unusual in that it offers a totally meat free kitchen, with Vegan and Vegetarian food only served daily. Special 'happy hour' prices are offered on drinks 2pm - 8pm Monday to Friday and all-day Sunday.

    • Tib Street Tavern 74 Tib Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1LG Telephone(0161) 834 1600

      Former Bar Centro reopened as Tib Street Tavern in May 2012. The bar and main lounge are upstairs and there is a downstairs lounge as well. Sports TV shows many football and other sporting events. There is a selection of bottled English and continental beers.

    • Town Hall Tavern 20 Tib Lane Manchester M2 4JA Telephone07849 514296

      This popular town centre pub was refurbished in 2016 and you enter it up steps from Tib Lane. It is on 2 levels with a seating area surrounding the bar with a more secluded raised area opposite the bar and steps leading down to a lower lounge area. Up to 5 real ales are available. The food menu is based around the highly rated Pieminster pies. There is a function room upstairs. The TVs in both rooms show live sports.

    • Track Brewery Tap Unit 18, Piccadilly Trading Estate Manchester M1 2NP Telephone(0161) 536 3975

      The brewery tap reopened on 30th September 2021. Over the last few years it has moved location several times, from the original brewery site to Crusader Mill and then to the ground floor of Cloudwater brewery tap. The new tap is on the same site as the new brewery in Piccadilly Trading Estate. There are 3 handpumps and 20 keg pumps. Predominantly selling Track beers but there are some guests. Pop-up pizza is often available.

    • Trof 8 Thomas Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1EU Telephone(0161) 833 3197

      This Northern Quarter bar now has a single hand pump serving a guest beer.

    • Unicorn 26 Church Street, Manchester Manchester M4 1PN Telephone(0161) 879 9863

      Multi room city centre pub usually very busy during the day with a lively band of friendly regulars. Generally not as busy in the evenings. Large central bar serving a narrow lounge and also a lobby that leads to a large lounge off to the right. A small back room has a TV and an interesting collection of naval themed pictures. The bar and rooms consist of carefully preserved light oak panelling. An upstairs function room caters for 30 to 40 people.

    • Victoria Tap Victoria Station, Long Millgate Manchester M3 1WY

      Located within Manchester Victoria station to the right of the main entrance towards Corporation Street, this sister pub to the Piccadilly Tap is a conversion from station use that opened to the public on 10th October 2023.

      The main bar is a long thin room with the bar opposite as you enter. There is an electronic board displaying real-time train departure information high to the left to help the customer to decide whether time for another drink. On opening there were four handpumps available but another two were quickly added to keep up with demand.

      There is quite a large largely covered outside area behind the bar with bench tables where you can observe passing trams as they leave the station. For toilets use the station toilets 30ms away.

      ** Open from 11am on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of 2023. **

    • Vine Inn 42-44 Kennedy Street Manchester M2 4BQ Telephone(0161) 237 9740

      A traditional pub with an impressive tiled frontage and stained glass windows. Inside it is decepively large, being split over three levels. Alongside the bar a short flight of stairs runs to an upper level with more fixed seating at the front, with a mixture of sofa's and bar stools to the rear. Taking the stairs down to the lower level takes you to Malt & Cask - the pub's specialist ale & whiskey bar created by conversion of the under utilised cellar bar in late 2013. Malt & Cask offers three handpumps on the bar and a wide selection of single malt whiskeys. The exact age of the pub is uncertain but the main bar has been part of a pub for many years, while the upper & lower level rooms were added by knocking through into the adjacent building in the 70s. The pub retains a traditional feel. Sky sports etc are shunned, but there are TVs in all rooms showing news channels with the sound off or sports when on BBC/ITV. The upper room has a dartboard, while a selection of board games, including Monopoly Manchester Edition are available from the bar. The CD jukebox has a wide selection of music and the pub hosts occasional live music evenings. Quiz on Tuesdays start 8;30pm.

    • Vocation & Co 101 Barbirolli Square Manchester M2 3BD

      In May of 2021, Vocation Brewery launched a pub in a shared kitchen and dining area called Society. Pitcher and Piano used to be there, but the building has been empty for the past decade. The entrance to the Vocation bar is directly beneath the main door to an office building. There are five vendors selling street food available. On the bar, you'll find four hand pumps and a row of keg taps. Vocation's food hall seats up to 350 people across its largely long tables and some outside tables in nicer weather; you may place beer and food orders via the app or at the bar. Beginning at 12 PM, you can eat in the food court.

    • Waldorf 12 Gore Street Manchester M1 3AQ Telephone(0161) 235 5286

      The Waldorf was extensively refurbished in 2018. There are no radical changes but everything looks brighter and more comfortable. The bar has been reshaped slightly to run along the back wall, making it longer but narrower. Situated just off the bustling Piccadilly district, this old but attractive building stands quietly tucked away amid the modern office blocks to lure passers-by in. The interior though is of more modern times, yet it gives a feel of provenance with wainscoted walls and a match-boarded ceiling. Mainly open plan (which seems to amplify the piped music), screened-off seating areas (some with sofas) afford some privacy to those wishing it. Can become busy when televised football is on.

    • Waterhouse 67-71 Princess Street Manchester M2 4EG Telephone(0161) 200 5380

      This Wetherspoons, unlike many of the chain, is split into multiple rooms with some character. There are 4 regular beers including the local Phoenix Wobbly Bob (check behind the pillar to left of bar for these beers) with 6 guest beer pumps on the main bar. Beers are sourced largely from local and Northern microbreweries and the famous Wetherspoons "Coming Soon" signs being a rarity. Good relations with a number of breweries often result in specials and rebranded ales being available. A cider is always available though rarely real cider. Due to its excellent transport links it is a good place to start or finish a pub crawl in Manchester City Centre. As with most Wetherspoon pubs you know what you are going to get in food range but this is definitely one of the best ones.

    • Wetherspoons 49 Piccadilly Manchester M1 2AP Telephone(0161) 236 9206

      Very busy open-plan Wetherspoon's with a long bar down the left hand side and a raised area to the rear. Good selection of guest ales with all the usual food and drinks offers available. Couldn't be better situated for public transport with buses, trams and trains all nearby. Ground level access and facilities for wheelchair users.

    • Wharf 6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield Manchester M15 4ST Telephone(0161) 220 2960

      Wharf is situated in Castlefield Basin, dominating the confluence of the main canals, Rochdale and Bridgewater. Its entrance faces the canals and the large open area between it and Deansgate, as though to entice the weary traveller to its hearth. The front is surrounded by a patio for the summer days, where crowds gather to while away a warm evening. Entering one is presented by the long bar, with its impressive array of 12 handpumps. These invariably suggest a variety of styles and strengths to suit any palate. The food reflects this too, with a wide range of sizes as well as tastes. While not cheap, the quality shows. These are not ding meals!

    • White Lion 43 Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4NQ Telephone(0161) 832 7373

      A traditional pub modernised to meet the requirements of this newly fashionable end of town and with prices to match. Two rooms around a central bar plus an extensive outdoor seating area overlooking the remains of Manchester's Roman fort. Decor reflects a passion for Manchester United plus some interesting aerial photos of Manchester in decades past. This is a former Whitbread pub and before that Threlfall and there is an interesting photo of the pub on the wall beside the bar with it's Threlfall signage.

    • Yates 49 Portland Street Manchester M1 3LD Telephone(0161) 228 0162

      You enter into a large open space with raised alcove area to right leading to outside seating and smoking patio, enclosed by a fence. A long curved bar sits along the back wall. Décor is dark wood panelling and strip flooring with purple carpet in the raised area. There is good range of food from light bites, pastas, main course and grills, burgers, a range of curries and a generous breakfast, all very competitively priced as is the wine. Toilets are a trek up four flights of stairs but there is a disabled toilet and baby change facility on the ground floor. Similar in many ways to a Wetherspoon but not so cluttered with menus, so giving equal balance between wet trade and food. Fairly noisy, low background music and TV. The Yates' House Best Bitter is from an unknown brewery.

  • Manchester City Centre
    • Cosy Club Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch Manchester City Centre M4 3TR Telephone(0161) 933 8255

      Bar and restaurant opened September 2015. Up three flights of stairs to a bar area has a domed ceiling, is populated with a variety of seating and overlooks the central area of the Corn Exchange. The walls are adorned with a large collection of portraits and animal trophies. To the left is a larger restaurant area that overlooks Exchange Square. Snacks and cakes are available at the bar with full meals and a kids menu available in the restaurant area.

    • Seven Stars 6-8 Dantzic Street Manchester City Centre M4 2BS Telephone(0161) 817 2980

      The main bar is along the right hand wall as you enter from the Printworks. There is an upstairs bar with no hand pumps but the area provides extra seating. There are TV's with sub-titles and no sound as piped music is played. The lighting inside is low apart from the bar area. This can be very busy at weekends and evenings. Family friendly until 2000 Mon to Fri and 1830 Sat to Sun.

    • Yates (Manchester Printworks) Printworks, 27 Withy Grove Manchester City Centre M4 2BS Telephone(0161) 927 7970

      Opened May 2016. Formerly Norwegian Blue.

  • Moston
    • Blue Bell 493 Moston Lane Moston M40 9PY

      Large red brick Victorian Joseph Holt pub built in 1890 with an interesting 'spire' style structure on the corner. There are still 4 distinct rooms, all interconnected around a central bar. A typical Holts community pub.

    • Gardeners Arms Hotel Moston Lane Moston M40 5RZ

      Imposing red brick and white stone J W Lees pub on Greengate Roundabout. This is a 2-roomed community local with pool, darts and regular quiz night. It has recently undergone a much needed and very smart internal refurbishment. Also has live entertainment. Guest is J W Lees seasonal beer.

  • New Moston
    • Fairway Inn Nuthurst Road New Moston M40 3PL Telephone(0161) 683 0387

      Previously called the Broadway, this Joseph Holt pub reopened in October 2017 after a major and much-needed refurbishment. The inside area has been opened up with the removal of a separate vault but it retains 3 distinct areas with the previous vault area mainly used by diners and a quieter room to the right as you enter. An extensive food menu is served in this formerly 'wet' pub. Bitter is always on sale, Two Hoots less regularly. An outdoor seating area with canopies is available at the front of the pub. There is disabled access from the car park. The car park is for the pub's customers only and as of May 2023, if parking there you need to enter your car reg. no in the pub to avoid a potential charge.

  • Newton Heath
    • Church Inn 1 Gaskell Street Newton Heath M40 1JB Telephone(0161) 684 9842

      A late 1970s pubs built to Joseph Holt's then standard pattern. Much improved under the the current management team, a real community pub. The varied opening hours reflect the specific needs of its associated sports teams. The only pub in this area open seven days a week.

    • Railway Hotel 82 Dean Lane Newton Heath M40 3AE Telephone(0161) 681 8199

      A large red brick Joseph Holt pub in the V of two roads selling Holt bitter only. There are several rooms in what is an interesting layout. Used to be full of Railway men from the railway depot next door but now a lot quieter since the train crew depot moved to Victoria station. There is some railway memorabilia to remind you of those halcyon days.