The ten best real ale pubs in Manchester city centre

At I Love Manchester, we respect Britain’s national drink and one of our finest traditions

At I Love Manchester, we respect Britain’s national drink and one of our finest traditions.

According to research from Oxford University commissioned by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) who campaign to save the Great British Pub from extinction, people who have a local pub are happier, have more friends and feel more engaged with their local communities. Many pubs help provide space for the local people to meet, tackle loneliness, and strengthen the local community.

Where to drink real ale in Manchester

To help you sample its delights, the CAMRA have helped us select the ten finest real ale pubs in Manchester where you’re guaranteed a great pint. Cheers!

The Crown & Kettle

Historic Grade II-listed pub, reopened in 2005 after a closure of 16 years. Up to four hand-pumps serve real ales from an ever-updated list of six beers from All Gates, Bank Top, Ossett, Phoenix and Dunham Massey among other breweries. Crown & Kettle Ale from Greenfield micro-brewery is a regular. Note the fine restored ceiling in the separate vault and a yet-to-be-restored ceiling in the main room. A fair-sized modern snug doubles as a lounge. Good value food is served.

2 Oldham Road, Ancoats, M4 5FE (corner of Oldham St & Great Ancoats St)

The Marble Arch

Spectacular heritage premier pub noted for its in-house micro-brewery and 11 hand-pumps with guest beers from all over the country and real cider, including Marble Pint, Manchester Bitter, JP Best Bitter, Lagonda IPA, Ginger Marble, seasonal beers, and guest beers. Ales can be found from Whim, Pictish, Dunham Massey, Phoenix and Hornbeam. An enthusiastic bar staff provides friendly service. The Marble brewery team can often be seen mixing with customers who come here from all walks of life and all over the world. Quality food is available 
from 12-9pm (8pm Sun).

73 Rochdale Road, M4 4HY

Port Street Beer House

39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ


29 Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4NQ

City Arms

46-48 Kennedy St, Manchester M2 4BQ

The Angel Pub

6 Angel St, Manchester M4 4BQ

The Gas Lamp

50A Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BW

The Briton’s Protection

50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5LE

The Salisbury

2 Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NE

Peveril Of The Peak

127 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5JQ

Sam’s Chop House

Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN


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