Lass O'Gowrie

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

36 Charles Street
Manchester, England
United Kingdom

0161 273 6932 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The Lass o’Gowrie has been a staple Brew Pub on the Manchester scene since 1983, long before I was legally allowed to drink (1987). Back then it was a chain of one of several Whitbread malt-extract Brew-Pubs nationwide. Unlike many of the others, it remains brewing, but the range has now reduced to just one regular beer; Lass o’Gowrie 42, with occasional specials. The house beer is not as bad as it used to be, basically it’s as good as a malt-extract beer gets, but it is not that astounding. However, the Pubs exterior and interior most certainly is, and the additional cask-conditioned beer range makes up for the rather average house beer.
From the outside, the genuine tiled exterior gives this Pub a very traditional feel. Inside is a basic, but very tidy interior. Bare wooden floor boards and a reasonable sized bar means that it is easy to get served, even at busy times. Has a great ‘boozer’ feel about it.
Deep in the heart of Student land and frequented by several generations of Manchester Polytechnic (now renamed Metropolitan University) Students at night-times and weekends, as well as local workers from nearby Offices during week days. It can get busy on weekends during term times.
The Malt-Extract Brewery is in the cellar and can still be viewed through glass windows. The original cellar tanks have been removed, and the house beer is now racked into Casks. Boddingtons Bitter and Marston’s Pedigree are regulars, as well as a very good range of Guest Beers, often at very reasonable prices. Always has a traditional Cider on tap as well. Belgium beers are also stocked, but can be a bit pricey compared to the draft beers, and only the Law Students drink these - so sit with the Engineering Students, drink the cask beers and enjoy life. A Good place to eat if you are on a pub-crawl, but serves no meals after early evening.
The décor has changed little over the years, although the beer range has. Worth a visit.

Jan 06, 2003
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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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JohnfromDublin from Ireland

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I visited this place a couple of times in March 2008. It is located close to the Manchester University, just around the corner from BBC Radio Manchester on Oxford Road. It has a very nice exterior with tan coloured tiles (not many pubs left with this type of frontage, at least in Manchester).
Inside, the bar counter is located to the left with seating area (including carpeted snug) away to the right. Over the bar are large wooden casks for decoration. Gloss painted ceilings and flagged floor.
Regulars casks were; Spitfire, Deuchar's IPA, Timothy Taylor Landlord, and Lass Ale. Guests were Titanic Lifeboat, Allgates and Blacksheep Bitter. They also serve the usual student lagers (Fosters etc.) and have a good blackboard list of about 10 Scotch whiskies.

Overall, a very solid pub with a nice range of ales in an area that is really a student one with mostly 'dodgy' pubs.

Mar 25, 2008
Lass O'Gowrie in Manchester, GB2, United Kingdom
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