ManVsBeer (1729) Hebden Bridge, England | April 24, 2013| Updated September 27, 2014
One of the buildings on the historic Crescent section in Salford. This place is certainly a time warp experience, but more Bohemian with its rustic look than a historical decor. The decor itself is wooden based and serves its purpose, and clearly does well from its location across the road from the University. Perhaps the best reason to visit is for the real ale selection which is much better than most in the area.
Visited this pub several times.
Older citypub in walking distance from city center. A bit worn out, but in a way in a charming way. Cosy place, very relaxed atmosphere and a friendly staff. Beers in ok condition, and they have a small bottle selection as well.
Within walking distance from the city centre. At least nine pumps with cask ales and another three with cider. Five of the casks were on during our stay, all of them in perfect condition. Fair range of interesting bottled beers.Three different rooms with an old fashion décor. Local feel and very friendly service, including free ales and a chat with landlord Steve. Decent food, as well. Rock related music with Cramps, among others. Top notch, should not be missed (visited, 05.07.2012).
A grungy, studenty pub with an “alternative” feel and a good range of craft beers and ciders.
The Crescent is on a partly pedestrianised main road near Salford University in a hitherto run down area that is being regenerated with EU funding. The best word to describe it is idiosyncratic. It’s like a cross between a country cottage (mock black and white beams and a huge cast iron fireplace and range over which there’s a sign saying “The fireplace of fame or shame (you decide)” - I have no idea what that means!) and a Camden-style alternative chic / grunge joint (bright green walls and black curtains). Then there’s a room at the back and a step down into another, red velvet lined room which could be cosy or claustrophobic depending on your mood.
It all feels very student, but of the 1970s/80s era when students were just students, unlike today when they all have jobs as well in order to fund their massive tuition fees.
There are nine hand pumps - seven were on when we were there, with a good choice of beers - and eight keg taps. There’s also free wifi and, I gather, live music at times.
(Visited 20 January 2012).
Nice and friendly pub in a slightly worn down building. Three small rooms around the bar. 12 handpumps with interesting real ales mainly from local/regional brewerys. Beers were well conditioned. Nice and friendly atmosphere on my visit on a Saturday afternoon mid July 2009, with a bunch of locals on their way in to the city center. A bit off the beaten track, but if you’re visiting The New Oxford, you might as well take a detour here as well. An extra plus for the good music.
Fair enough place, a bit off the beaten track. Some locals looking at us patronisingly, but you’d expect that when 20 people suddenly walks in. Beers were mostly average. We only visisted for a short period of time, but did get to hear some good rock music.
Visited during RBESG 09. Shabby bar with worn furniture, but that’s what I like. Looks a bit dark, has got 3 small rooms with one of them supposedly meant as a "lounge room" with old and worn, but comfortable sofa’s and chairs. A few cask ales and some macros on tap. Didn’t try the food, as we were here for a short visit.
Weird location far from the city, seems like a lot of the punters are from the University just up the road, though not like your normal student bar. A bit shabby - generally worn and not that inviting - be careful of some of the chairs, they can be hard to sit on from wear and tear. But the beerlineup in the week of National Winter Ales Festival was fantastic, something like 45 different casks was presented, so in that aspect it is up there with the best in Manchester (the world). And the service was friendly and nice and did cellar runs most of the time.