Not many people we're inside when we popped in. Modern, bright interior, lots of room. Very good selection, good choice of crafts and kegs. Also interesting stuff in fridges, some higher end beers there including lambic. Good service. This one surprised me a bit, one of the best bars in Manchester.
This was the first time that we had visited since Blackjack took it over. And what a difference. It was noticeably cleaner than on our previous visits, and brighter too. The pool table has been removed and they have knocked through to next door.
Maybe not as many cask beers, but a new range of craft keg beers on offer. Only a couple from Blackjack and the others covered a good range of styles and strengths.
Fin (1174) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2017
We visited here Friday 31st March 2017 the we being me, dad and Barry on our annual weekend away. Wow this place has changed a lot since our last visit (see review below) it’s now a Tap for the Blackjack Brewery however also has a solid range of other offerings. We had Ashover, and two Blackjack beers on our visit. I seemed to recall it being a lot darker and gloomier before but now it’s really much lighter and more welcoming establishment. I like the old pub games in here, so Bar Billiards, darts and table skittles. We sat near the window on entry, it was really friendly, good prices, really liked it. Score 84
We visited here Saturday 19th January 2008 having decided to give the national Winter Ales Festival in New Century House a rest for a bit. It was very busy as the pub had presumably decided to have their own beer festival on this weekend as well. Both of the beers that I tried were in very good nick, the service was fine and the pub a great little place. Score 78
Lively on a Friday evening. Great range of beers on cask, with an edgy keg offering as well, along with a solid assortment of international bottles. Some lambics, even. Good value. Service with a smile. Spacious interior. Great pub from top to bottom. Loved the vibe here.
Phil & Kath durected me here. Advertises itself as the brewery tap for local brewery Blackjack, and had eight on offer plus a wide range of guests, mostly from small breweries near and far. Service at the bar was quick and efficient, and staff were generous with the samples. No panels or flight, just halves in fancy glasses. A very worthwhile stop.
Since being taken over by Manchester’s own Blackjack brewery, the Smithfield has been revamped and now stands (in my view) as one of the best pubs in the city. Ten keg and six cask lines can be found at the bar pouring some excellent choices. Plenty of newspapers, books and board games dotted about as well as darts and a few other bar games available. Located a stone’s throw from Bar Fringe and Crown & Kettle so well worth a mini-crawl around those.
Wow, talk about a basic pub, but not in a good way. Completely devoid of any atmosphere, this place really gives a new meaning to the word bare, if you like minimalism that is. Decided to have a pint of Blackjack and regretted it, tasted awful. Not tempted to sample any others, so I got up and left. Not my kind of boozer!