George Orwell, famous author of many classics including Animal Farm and other dystopian novels, once said this of the pub:
“And if anyone knows of a pub that has draught stout, open fires, cheap meals, a garden, motherly barmaids and no radio, I should be glad to hear of it, even though its name were something as prosaic as the Red Lion or the Railway Arms.”
Times have certainly changed. Did Orwell ever count on the rise of Gastro Pubs? Where we can get everything he loved, the fire, the warm atmosphere… with the extra benefit of delicious food?
I’ll dedicate this one to you, Mr Orwell. Here are some of the best Gastro Pubs in Manchester.
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Marble Arch, Rochdale Road, Manchester
The Marble Arch is famous for it’s slopped floor that I’m sure is a barrel of laughs when you’ve had one too many.
Wholesome in every sense of the word, the Marble Arch is popular with workers who like to go for a post work pint or bite to eat. The Marble Arch is definably what we would describe as a ‘drinkers’ pub, but it’s modest restaurant in the back doesn’t half serve up a storm.
As a result of maintaining it’s traditional pub appeal, you can find yourself a table near an authentic, wood burning fire. Is there anything better than a roaring fire, good company and great food?
And Ale connoisseurs might be interested to hear that The Marble Arch has their own Brewery Blog.
Better yet, it’s dog friendly. Bring your four legged friend along to join you and you’ll make a few new friends.
Albert Square Chop House, Albert Square, Manchester
The Albert Square Chop House may sound like a setting for a bad 80’s B-Movie, but I assure you it’s certainly an A-list experience. Enjoy a little bit of luxury in what was once a Victorian warehouse, now a converted post-industrial space featuring an open kitchen, with original architectural character and exposed services.
The menu is composed of authentic British classics sourced from local suppliers. From special bitter-battered crumbly Scottish haddock with hand-cut Chop House chips to Braised steak & kidney pudding.
Chef Carl Fraenkl-Rietti looks out over a space with 80 very comfortable covers – featuring luxurious booths and flexible table plans to accommodate groups of all sizes, including weddings and other events.
The Chop House’s Sommelier George Bergier has been around the world tasting wines that perfectly compliment any selection on the massive menu.
If you’re looking for a pub that’s a little extra, The Chop House is for you.
The Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester
Purpose built in 1998, The Wharf looks like it should’ve been here for a lot longer than it actually has.
Designed to look very similar to it’s industrial, Castlefield surroundings, the building is breezy, open and spacious but there are plenty of nooks and crannies if you like to tuck yourself away.
The British meat platter is perfect for sharing and the light bites, such as the smoked haddock scotch egg and roasted beetroot salad are great for a lunchtime feed.
I like to think that a Gastro Pub should be judged on the quality of it’s fish and chips. In this case, The Wharf passes with flying colours. It’s beer battered cod is simply sublime. Crispy, juicy and golden better makes way for fluffy fillet.
Particularly popular in the summer times due to its large beer garden. You can bring your pups and choose from a range of 100 different malts. Bliss.
If you're not in the mood for a Gastro Pub why not check out some top Manchester Tapas restaurant.