Opposite the Arndale Shopping Centre with trams regularly passing in front this is a traditionally decorated pub with plenty of soft furnishings in an array of different tables and chairs. The ground floor is packed with this and thereís little space to maneuver if you are not sat down, but on the upside it does have a nice comfortable atmosphere. Lunchtimes are popular here, but once the crowd has been fed afternoons can be a slightly quieter affair. Itís also on the fringe of the Northern Quarter and can be classed as part of a group of bars in this area that people hop to and from on a night out, but being a pub it is not an after hours place. The bar is well stocked with real ales and a row of pumps give a decent choice.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
A pleasant, multi-roomed pub with a homely feel.
The English Lounge has six hand pumps, usually with two guest beers, and the friendly bar staff are happy to provide tastings. It wonít win any prizes for its craft beer range but the beer is well kept and in good condition. Thereís an extensive food menu which looks good and the pub was an ideal place for me to meet up with (non-beery) friends and family coming in from Victoria station, which is close by.
(Visited 21 January 2012).