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Is the ‘Didsbury Dozen’ Manchester’s ultimate pub crawl?

Think you've got what it takes to take on the Didsbury Dozen?

The Didsbury Dozen is one of Manchester’s most famous (or infamous) pub crawls.

With its quaint charm, picturesque streets, and an inviting array of pubs, Didsbury Village offers the perfect backdrop for a great day out.

Whether you’re a seasoned pub connoisseur or new to the world of pub culture, this adventure promises to be a great introduction to some fantastic pubs in the area.

Each pub offers its own unique atmosphere, drink selection, and sometimes food options.

It’s a fun way to explore the pubs of Didsbury Village and West Didsbury and enjoy a pint at each location.

Just remember to drink responsibly and pace yourself throughout the day.


Can you hack the Didsbury Dozen pub crawl?

The Didsbury

First up, The Didsbury , located on the former Village Green is the perfect spot to get the ball rolling.

The Didsbury pub restaurant, a former coach house has retained many of its 18th-century original features, including exposed wooden beams and open fireplaces.

As well as a warm welcome, they have an inviting menu of traditional pub food and seasonal dishes, plus an extensive range of wines and real ales for you to enjoy as you set out for you to line your stomach.

852 Wilmslow Rd M20 2SG

Ye Olde Cock Inn

Ye Olde Cock Inn is number two on the Didsbury Dozen.

This pub offers a chance to indulge in some relaxed lounging and a relaxing time. Right next to Fletcher Moss Park, perfect to while away the hours.l

A captivating bar awaits on the right, adorned with striking mirrors.

For a more intimate experience, discover the snug at the front.

Delight in delectable fare served daily until 10pm, and choose from a great selection of ales too.

848 WIlmslow Road, M20 2RN

The Famous Crown

The Famous Crown is a contemporary, majestic pub nestled in Didsbury village.

It’s just had a fantastic refurbishment too, so it’s a great time to visit!

Another stylish entry to the dozen, the pub is full with curiosities and an abundance of local history.

It also has the original wrap-around bar that holds the story of every pint poured.

With plenty of cosy or lively spots to sit back and enjoy an after-work pint on the street side terrace and watch the world pass by or indulge in weekend cocktails and small plates with friends in one of our snug corners, you can put the world to rights.

770 Wilmslow Road, M202DR

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak has a rich history and holds a special place among the locals.

Step inside to experience its timeless ambiance and traditional layout, complete with a remarkable collection of porcelain spirit vats saved from a past fire.

Indulge in the exquisite flavors of locally-sourced cheese and pate plates, or relish the comforting satisfaction of their delightful pies.

Whether you seek lively sports screenings or a tranquil retreat, the Royal Oak Pub will warmly welcome you to join in its serene and inviting atmosphere.

729 Wilmslow Road, M206WF

Fletcher Moss

If it’s a sunny day, you won’t want to miss out on Fletcher Moss’s amazing beer garden to soak up the rays.

This delightful pub is a haven for those who appreciate exceptional beers, fine wines, and refreshing lagers.

With its charming garden and inviting patio, The Fletcher Moss offers a tranquil escape for discerning drinkers seeking a relaxed atmosphere.

Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or simply seeking a place to unwind, this is a vital stop on the Didsbury Dozen that shouldn’t be missed.

1 William Street, M206RQ

The Nelson


Great value beer, a dartboard and a welcoming atmosphere, the Nelson is a popular pub in the heart of Didsbury.

A cosy one-roomed pub, with a traditional ambience, the Nelson has all the football and sport on, so is often bustling. They also have motown and folk nights if you’re into your classics.

3 Barlow Moor Road, M206TN

The Dog and Partridge

Serving a great selection of craft & cask Beer, world wines, cocktails, gin, whisky, barrel & stone pizzas, and some amazing Pieminister pies, the Dog and Partridge could be a great spot to refuel as by this point it’s probably time for a bite to eat!

665-667 Wilmslow Road, M20 6RA

The Dockyard

The Dockyard

A great place to watch sport, it hosts  BT and Sky sports screenings, sports enthusiasts can catch their favorite matches while savoring a selection of delicious ales and hearty meals.


The Station

With arguably one of the best pints of Guinness in Greater Manchester, The Station is a staple boozer of Didsbury locals.

Nestled at the northern reaches of the Village, the Station Hotel beckons with its old-fashioned charm and a touch of rejuvenation in recent years.

Step inside this beloved local and be greeted by a small, inviting front bar that stretches along its length, creating an intimate atmosphere.

A back room awaits, offering dartboard and card table delights, along with a TV for added entertainment.

Outside, find solace on the front benches or venture to the small beer garden at the rear.

Adorning the walls, you’ll notice authentic references to Ireland and Irish Gaelic sports teams, providing a genuine nod to its heritage.

682 Wilmslow Road, M20 2DN

The Woodstock Arms

The Woodstock Arms stands as a quintessential British local, beloved by locals and visitors alike. I

ts allure lies in its expansive beer garden, a true gem where you can bask in the beauty of nature while enjoying a nice pint.

It’s child and dog friendly too, if you’re taking your family and pets along.

Step inside and be transported to a bygone era, as the pub’s period features and traditional atmosphere envelop you in warmth and familiarity.

139 Barlow Moore Road, M202DY

The Metropolitan

The biggest pub in Didsbury, the Metropolitan exudes a casual cool.

It’s usually popular for food, particularly Sunday lunches, and also has an outside pizza oven.

The pub also has firepits for those chilly evenings in a lovely beer garden in the repurposed old stables.

Even though it’s super busy, the service stays top-notch, keeping things running smoothly.

You’re in for a great time at the Metropolitan.

2 Lapwing Road, M202WS

The Railway

Despite its small size, the Railway is a charming pub with a fantastic atmosphere.

Step through the narrow entrance to find two panelled rooms—one housing a cozy high-stool snug for intimate gatherings, and the other a screened lounge area for a more open setting.

The central bar stands opposite a multi-paned screened space adorned with a fireplace.

Further inside, an open lounge area awaits, perfect for catching up on TV while surrounded by fascinating photos of old Didsbury.

Originally a tiny John Smiths house, this pub underwent a transformation by Joseph Holt in the late 1990s, resulting in a delightful drinking house where history meets pleasure and a great place to round up

3 Lapwing Lane, M20 2NT

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