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76 /100 26-30 CLEGG ST
“Traditional rough around the edges free house with 6 changing different local ales, plus traditional cider“
Jerseyislandbeer 69 days ago
80 /100 26-30 CLEGG ST
“A bit scruffy and frayed round the edges, this pub however exudes a fair amount of charm. Solid ale selection, including a lovely pint of Pictish which I enjoyed immensely. Convivial locals and a laid back atmosphere make the Ashton Arms worth visiting.“
Beermenace 1195 days ago
64 /100 26-30 CLEGG ST
“Just a few yards down the hill from the main shopping centre’s eastern entrance, this is Oldham’s premier place for real ale with eight hand pumps that regularly rotate including both local and further afield brews. It’s a fairly traditional pub in style with carpets and wooden furniture. It’s quite a bright place with one split level room where all the action takes place. The bar is on the upper level against the right-hand wall.“
ManVsBeer 2603 days ago
60 /100
Whittles (Bar)
27 KING STREET
“Just to the north of the King Street Metrolink station, this is primarily a music bar in the evening with bands on regularly, however it has a fairly laid back atmosphere in the daytime, with snooker on the television screen during my visit. The decor isn’t fantastic, but durable for a busy crowd during performances. After the Ashton Arms, this is probably the firehouse in Oldham with the next best selection of ales with 5 hand pumps and a few keg options too including Leffe on tap. There’s always a guest ale on in here.“
ManVsBeer 2603 days ago
60 /100 KINGS SQUARE
“Close to the King Street Metrolink station, it’s probably just a little too far to make a mad dash across the large car park that is in between the two if you see a tram coming whilst having a quick drink. The only other building around here is an ugly modern bingo hall that dwarves this older brick pub at its side. Having come here from the other Lees pub in Oldham which was packed at 4pm, the contrast couldn’t be more different as I was the only person in it. It clearly does well late night though as a music venue and has its own stage to the right as you walk in. Here, the landlord was adjusting the professional lights on the rig above the stage. The pub itself has a large open-plan ground floor space with seating all around its edges and the bar against the back wall, and despite the stage the rest of the pub does look traditional and is a more than comfortable place to have a drink. Beyond the bar is a smaller pool room. The Lees selection is a little smaller than its sister pub across town, but it does carry the seasonal brews from the brewer throughout the year.“
ManVsBeer 2608 days ago
56 /100 ST. MARY’S WAY
“The more central of the two Lees pubs in the town centre, this one is on the northern side of the market and is in its own ground floor modern built building. It’s got a slightly greater selection of the brewers own ales than its sister pub by the King Street Metrolink station, but may not always carry the seasonal beer if you find yourself here specifically for that. However if you’re starting out on Lees ales and find yourself in the commercial centre of Oldham, they’ll certainly be something here as there’s a couple of cask ales alongside several of the Lees regular keg ales. This place was also packed at 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon when I entered with a karaoke session going on, with a completely local crowd very drunk and very happy.“
ManVsBeer 2609 days ago
56 /100 178 UNION ST
“Not to be confused with the other Robinsons pub of the same name just outside the town centre ring, this pub has itself a fringe feel being at the bottom end of the main commercial street by Oldham Mumps station. It’s a relatively small place with a central bar serving two separate rooms with the lounge bar at the front, and the more popular bar area to the rear. It’s at the latter where all the ale pumps and keg beers are situated. It’s not the best decorated bar you’ll see, but there are two good reasons why beer seekers might want to come here if in Oldham. The first is that ’Old Tom’ is permanently available here in cask, something you’ll only find in a handful of the brewers pubs, and secondly the seldom seen Oldham Bitter is also a permanent keg ale here.“
ManVsBeer 2609 days ago
60 /100 287 MANCHESTER RD
“Just past the M60 if you’re heading from Manchester to Oldham on the Oldham Road. It’s actually on the southbound side of the dual carriageway so you’ll have to approach it from Oldham if you want to park here. The car park is to its side and there’s also an small but attractive outdoor area at its rear which is enclosed by a fence. There’s not too many houses in view from the main road so I was very surprised to find this place heaving on my first visit, however there’s a fairly large residential area behind the pub and has a friendly and decent local vibe about it. There’s a couple of rooms served by a fairly large central bar area and there’s a decent selection of Sam Smiths ales too, and whilst there’s not too many bottles available here, there’s an extensive keg and cask selection to be enjoyed in comfortable surroundings.“
ManVsBeer 2647 days ago
64 /100 BROADWAY, OPP BROADGATE
“One of J.W. Lees flagship pubs, and very handy for a stop off the M60 motorway as it’s right on junction 21. It’s part of a fairly new complex that includes a hotel. This large purpose built pub includes two rooms very much in a chain pub style, but very neat and appealing for it copying the Wetherspoon style of adding local information, blurbs and photos on the walls. Notable locals given prominence include Bernard Cribbins and Mike Atherton. There’s a carvery here too if you want to eat. It gets its name from its location overlooking the towpath of the Rochdale Canal, once a horse driven motorway of its time. There is a decent outdoor section here. JW Lees have packed the two bars with plenty of its own brews so it’s a pretty good one to choose if you’re looking for some ticks from this brewer and the current seasonal offering should be here. There’s plenty of parking available.“
ManVsBeer 2813 days ago
52 /100 172 MANCHESTER ROAD
“Not to be confused with the other Robinsons pub in Oldham town centre with the same name. Half way up the hill on the main road into Oldham from the M60, this Robinsons pub will interest those seeking a very rare local ale called Oldham Bitter which was produced by the long gone Oldham Brewery from the 19th century until its demise. The pub itself is a small two room affair connected by a central hallway that also includes the main bar, a small square area just to the right of the double doorway entrance and is designated a heritage pub given its historic interior including serving hatches. There may be a third room available but if so the door was shut on my visit. There’s one cask ale pump here and it will have one of the current or signature Robinsons brews on it. The rarely seen Oldham Bitter is one of the keg options here.“
ManVsBeer 2961 days ago
56 /100 197 MANCHESTER ROAD
“Easily spotted on the road between Oldham and Manchester, this is one of Joseph Holts more family friendly pubs given it has a very large area for dining, although there’s no shortage of their own ales and lagers if you are only here to drink. It has a large car park and tables out front for better weather days. Ales on cask, Keg and in bottles in the fridge behind the bar. They also have three of their award-winning lagers too.“
ManVsBeer 2969 days ago
64 /100 17-23 HIGH STREET
“Branch of JD Wetherspoons that has some slightly more expensive items on the menu than their other outlet less than 2 minutes walk away! Has plenty of booths in the downstairs section, the upstairs is small and feels out of the way and uncomfortable, especially as it also houses the toilets. Has real ales available and the usual menu.“
ManVsBeer 3341 days ago
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