From: Joe Taylor
Category: Other stuff
Date: 04 January 2002
5. The Britons Protection, Great Bridgewater Street Former pre-Hacienda pub - it's just around the corner - in suitably grand building. Stand in front of it and look around - this corner is totally Manchester. Avoid the front bar and make for the cosy back room.
4. The Peveril Of The Peak, 127 Great Bridgewater Street Between McDonald's Oxford Road and The Britons Protection is a an oasis in a desert of revelopment, dating from 1829 - it really looks like a miracle that it hasn't been knocked down. Tiling's a big feature of many Manchester pubs, and the Pev is tiled in green.
3. Lass O'Gowrie, Charles Street There are loads of bars on or just off Charles Street, which runs alongside the BBC building at right angles to Oxford Road, including The Granby on Princess Street which is good for cheapo late night drinking. The Lass O'Gowrie is the best, with more tiles, it's own micro brewery and interesting home brew, and a great atmosphere.
2. Sinclair's Oyster Bar, Victoria Street This used to be located alongside The Old Wellington in Shambles Square, smack bang in the area that was blown up by the IRA. Both pubs had already been moved prior to that to make way for various redevelopments. Manchester has a thing about preserving pubs. Anyway, I'm not sure if they survived the bomb or have been rebuilt, but they're now next to the new Printworks eaterie/cinema complex - a much more distinguished location than Shambles Square, where they used to compete with an 'Everything A Pound' shop. Low ceilings, lots of wood, wobbly tables, bit pricey for Manchester, but great for escaping the shopping centre, and an essential Manchester pub experience. Don't think they serve oysters. 1. The Ducie Arms, Devas Street, off Lloyd Street North Poured vertically but very slowly into a fully upright glass, the Guinness here is reckoned to be the best outside of Ireland. Remarkable ancient decor and barman. Cheap. Hard to find - tucked away West of Oxford Road behind the University library - but worth seeking out.
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