A solid old-school boozer. The beer range emphasizes cask Robinson’s, not surprisingly. Some good guests on cask, too. Mostly macro on keg and in bottle. Small bar and a few tables out front, with more seating in back areas. Decent value, adequate service. Perhaps not a crucial stop in Manchester, but worthwhile if you are nearby.
Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 19, 2015
We visited the The Castle Hotel on Saturday 18th April 2015. I have to say we weren’t intending to go here it just happened to be en- route to somewhere else, however I am glad that we did stumble across this as it was an excellent pub. It is a Robinsons pub so their beers dominated the ten handpumps on offer, though Loz had a Mordue IPA, I had a ltd edition stout from Robinsons, both were in good nick. The pub is on Oldham Rd, just a hundred yards or so before it hits Great Ancoats St. As you enter you’ll be impressed by the wonderful glazed tiling around the bar, it looks stunning and the entrance also has some superb mosaic work on the floor. The front bar is quite snug with just a few tables near the window on offer the left. To the right of the bar runs a long corridor with a snug off to the left which sorts of sits behind the bar, and further along the corridor (which has some lovely floor tiling) is another room off to the left which appears to host small gigs, posters along this corridor show previous and future acts. At the far end of the corridor is the toilets and a small garden/patio. I liked this place, it was lively, down to earth and well supported with good beer in great nick.
I visited this great old boozer on a Sunday afternoon before a bank holiday, and it was packed full of friendly folks enjoying the well maintained Robinson’s range. A band was setting up in one of the back rooms, and I really wanted to stay, but couldn’t. I’m glad to see that places like this are treasured by locals
A stylish, well restored old gem, but it does seem to be lacking a bit of the atmosphere it had 20 odd years ago. Probably me and not the place.
ManVsBeer (1727) Hebden Bridge, England | February 23, 2013| Updated April 22, 2016
A bar with plenty of traditional character. As you walk in the ale pumps that define this bar offer a good selection with a preference for Robinsons given it is their pub. Lager is available but the pumps for these are only on the very short side of the bar. Behind the front room a second but larger room to drink in is comfortable, as is the upstairs up. Along the corridor on the ground floor is the back patio that is a smokers paradise during peak times. Expect a large young to middle aged crowd at the weekends. Not cheap.
A comfortable, relaxed place with a studenty and local feel.
The Castle has an unassuming narrow tan-tiled frontage. Inside there’s an attractive old fashioned tiled front to the bar and the rest of the pub, which seems to stretch a long way back from the street, has some nice original décor too.
There are ten hand pumps, mainly Robinsons (but some of the less commonly seen ones) with a few guests alongside. There’s also a range of bottles.
The service was very friendly and welcoming as well as comically obliging. My eye was caught by a beer labelled “SWB Diabolo IPA” so I asked the rather camp (possibly French) barman where it was from. He rushed off to make enquiries and came back beaming happily. “It’s from Yorkshire” he said. What more could I want to know? I felt very at home there and, although it was quite busy for a Monday evening, I found a comfortable place to sit in a corner by the window from which to survey the scene.
(Visited 18 June 2012).
Great central located pub. 10 hand-pulled cask ales, half of them from the Robinsons range, half guest ales. Very good choice of whisky as well. Divided into different rooms with live rock music at the rear. Retro styled décor and friendly, urban atmosphere. Polite service. Visited mostly by young people in the evenings. We came here first on a Wednesday eve, and went back the following Thursday and Friday (visited, 4-6th July 2012).
Very traditional pub with a huge range of cask ales, must have been at least 8 together with bottled beer from Belgium, Germany and the USA. Its quite crowded at the bar, but there are plenty of little rooms down the corridor. I went on a thurs night and it was open till 1. The crowd is young and studenty and quite friendly