England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
EFC1878 (22) Manchester, England | November 29, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I can only echo what I wrote on beerintheevening.com: This is an object lesson in how to renovate a pub. I only went once before the fire all those years ago but this is such an improvement I’m astonished. Fascinating architecture and you can still see the remnants of the fire when you look at the arched ceiling.
Whenever I’ve visited the beer has always been in top nick with an adventurous choice of guests.
Gets rammed when City are at home and they post security on the door on match days. Amazingly, they are always polite and professional.
This is a great addition to the already strong Ancoats area.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | August 26, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
An absolute must stop, an architectural delight by Manchester’s pub standard. Solid selection of beers from varying breweries, many of which I had not seen previously. No-nonsense service, direct and effective. Comfortable and warm feel despite the building’s cold lines.
Brugmansia (343) Jylland, Denmark | June 23, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited several times, and for sure worth a visit if you are in the Manchester area. They do from time to time do their own small pub festivals, which several of the pubs do around the winter ale festival. Large corner pub, can at time be a bit crowded. Large bar in the middle of the room.. Beers served most times in a good condition. I don´t think thedo food, but they do a few barsnacks. Friendly and serviceminded staff.
Boudicca (526) London, England | April 9, 2012| Updated June 16, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A spectacular church-like pub with six regular hand pumps and, during the Winter Ales Festival, an excellent, ever-changing range of interesting, mainly local beers.
According to a board in the Crown and Kettle, there has been a pub on this site since 1734. The current building is from the nineteenth century and it’s a monument to the Victorians’ penchant for magnificent Gothic stonework and soaring arches which wouldn’t be out of place in a cathedral. The ceiling in the main bar is crumbling badly and covered with a net, presumably to protect customers from being hit on the head by falling masonry. The “vault”, the room next door, has been restored to its former glory so that the ceiling looks even more impressive (as well as safe) and there are green leather benches like those in the House of Lords. Apparently, in World War Two it was the preferred drinking hole for black American GIs who were segregated (whether forcibly or by choice, I don’t know) from their white compatriots. I wonder what they made of it and their Mancunian hosts?
(Last visited 23 January 2013).
Gazza (160) Worcester, England | September 4, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A classic old pub with an amazing gothic interior - closed 20 years ago, survived a fire, and now reopened as a real ale pub with some decent beers so far. One half of the ceiling has been restored, the other half left as it was. A very welcome addition to the scene in Manchester.
Rune (344) Tromsø, Norway | February 7, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Street corner pub in the northern quarter of the city. With its magnificent ceiling it gives a beer hall impression added by a few smaller snugs. It’s a free house with an array of six cask ales, mainly from regional microbreweries. Casks from Rat, Pennine, Peerless and Blackedge, among others, were on during our visit. Soul and Tamla Motown music. Friendly, stylish and cool place (visited on our way back from the NWAF, 23.01.2013).
deanso (237) the Hague, Netherlands | October 19, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Great looking ceiling. Nice atmosphere. Interesting tap selection.
wimpyjoe (946) Hebden Bridge, England | November 9, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
A mix of old and new in this bar cum pub. Look up for the historic architecture that still adorns the upper part of this establishment, which makes it a pleasant place to have a drink below. The bar always has a great selection of rotating ales and two smaller cosier rooms to drink them in if the main area is not to your liking. It also has big screen televisions for all the football matches it shows.
sic1314 (284) Leiden, Netherlands | March 9, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Strangely done up, fairly generic modern looking at floor level, but with a vaulted ceiling which they obviously ran out of money before it could get renovated. Reasonably interesting selection of cask.
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | August 10, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place had been long shut from back in the days long before I started even drinking let alone scooping! Nice to see it open because the Northern Quarter has lost both the Beer House and the Pot of Beer in recent years so this at least goes some way to redressing the balance. Usually an interesting range of ales on here, worth a visit during the Winter Ales weekend as they tend to get hold of extra beer from a good selection of UK micro breweries.
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