England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
wimpyjoe (1442) Hebden Bridge, England | December 9, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
This used to be a traditional pub with a high emphasis on real ales, however in late 2014 the pub underwent a transformation to give it an update. It no longer has the worn furniture that gave it a certain amount of charm, now sporting a somewhat sterile, but modern and fresh look, partly keeping the traditional pub style most will know this pub for. The real ales are still very much a part of this pub, although there’s a couple of hand pumps less than there used to be, however the selection is still pretty good with several guests on offer alongside the staple Facers ales which have been part of the fabric of this pub for a while.
Brugmansia (463) Jylland, Denmark | February 19, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Have visited this pub several times, at my first visit to the NWAF, I stayed at this pub :-).. I have mixed feelings of this place, at first it was very good, then it was a bit down, but at my last visit ( january 2013 ) I think it has emproved a bit again. They have always quit a lot of beers on, during the time of NWAF, many from smaller micros in the north. Friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. ( My figures shows the revue from my 2013 visit. )
Rune (457) Tromsø, Norway | January 31, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Retro styled pub in the northern quarter of central Manchester. Quite cozy place to stay for some decent cask ales. There are two house beers from Facers and some guest ales – a few from Welsh brewery Conwy were on at our stay. They had their own beer festival in late January. Medium sized with good music, football, pool table and polite service. Should not be missed on a pub crawl in in Manchester (visited, 21.01.2013).
deanso (349) the Hague, Netherlands | October 19, 2012| Updated October 22, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Better on the inside than the outside. Good tap selection.
mike_77 (114) Breda, Netherlands | August 31, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
8 casks. Friendly staff. Good value - £2.50/pint. Nice easy going rock music on the jukebox and 50p for a game of pool. Nice.
undercurrent25 (159) Barnton, England | August 31, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Traditional type boozer, lots of guest real ales on tap, staff was friendly and it has a pool table and great jukebox what more do you need?
sic1314 (425) Leiden, Netherlands | April 22, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Having visited here regularly since the 90’s, it does seem to be going downhill a bit in the last few years, although the cask choice is still excellent.
Boudicca (840) London, England | April 9, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
A basic working man’s pub with a reputation for an exceptional beer selection.
The Smithfield is on the edge of the “northern quarter”, where trendy degenerates into rough and ready. It appears run down and shabby but it’s freshly painted and clean enough. I must admit I was disappointed. Firstly, we’d just arrived from Liverpool where great pub architecture and lots of what estate agents would call “original features” are the order of the day. Secondly, it’s no fun pushing past a pool table to get in through the front door, especially when it’s already crowded with people taking their pool games very seriously indeed. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I’d heard great things about the beer and expected it to make up for any other shortcomings the place might have. However, whilst it was fine for one visit (there are 9 taps and, this being the time of the Winter Ales Festival, there were jugs of additional offerings available from the cellar), the list hadn’t changed when we went back the next day and the day after that. I’m not sure I’d go back as there are, in my view, much better places in Manchester.
(Last visited 20 January 2012).
nate2g (777) Boomtown!, Australia | January 2, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The pub itself is a little rough and dingy but as for the beers a nice offering of around 10 pumps. The beers are kept well and a nice variety. The beer festivals would be fun to check out though.
Svesse (235) Hässelby, Sweden | October 9, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice hotel bar, that is one of the main stays of the northern Manchester pub crawl. The bar itself isn’t the most luxurious, slightly scruffy, with a pool table and some tables with plastic chairs. 8 hand pumps with an ever changing range of beers mainly from micros from all across Britain. Mainly well kept. A good seelction of interesting bottled beers as well. Very friendly and efficient service. Inhabited mainly by locals and the odd beer geek. One of the best pubs in Manchester. (Visited July 2009)
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