Buxton/Manchester Real Ale spots

Discussion in 'Great Britain' started by JayT, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. JayT

    JayT Initiate (51) May 21, 2004 New Hampshire

    I'll be traveling to Buxton and Manchester in November and would like to hear some tips for excellent real ale spots in the Buxton area as well as in Manchester. I know there is a lot of craft beer in Manchester, but I'm looking for the traditional tipples...

    Thank you in advance for any leads or tips.


  2. Georgefox

    Georgefox Initiate (88) Aug 19, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Hi there

    In Buxton definitely check out the Buxton brewery tap house as well as redwillow bar you’ll get some cask and also good keg beer. Also the Cheshire cheese is a good pub owned by Titanic.

    In Manchester if you want the traditional pub experience try the castle (Robinson’s), Smithfield (black jack brewers) and the Marble Arch (marble brewers). There’s also the traditional family tied pubs like Hyde’s, Joseph Holt’s and JW Lees and less local but ubiquitous Marsden and Greene King pubs which might interest you but the available beer will be less inspiring. For more modern style bars which offer both cask and keg also check out port street beer house or cafe beermoth.
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  3. Georgefox

    Georgefox Initiate (88) Aug 19, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Come to think of it I don’t think there are any greene king pubs in the city centre.
  4. JayT

    JayT Initiate (51) May 21, 2004 New Hampshire

    Thank you very much for the guidance, @Georgefox ! I'm ready to drink my fair share of real ale and now I have good direction for quality outlets...

  5. callumjtaylor3

    callumjtaylor3 Disciple (305) Nov 4, 2014 United Kingdom (England)

    Hi JT,

    I really recommend The Wharf - it's a step away from the craft beer scene, always has some really good guest ales on cask and sensational food.
    The Rising Sun, The Sir Ralph Abercrombie and the Old Nags Head are pubs that are a little past their heyday, in the sense they're not as full as what I imagine they used to be, but traditional pubs in every sense of the word. All really close together on parallel streets just off Deansgate, with The Deansgate Tavern closely by as well.

    Lower Turks Head on Shudehill, just by the Arndale is another traditional pub. There's also the Millstone in the Northern Quarter, but this is a City fan favourite, so check the fixtures before you head there.

    Ape and Apple on John Dalton Street is a good Joey Holt house.

    A lot of history in the buildings. And speaking of history, The Britons Protection, opened in 1806. If memory serves me, they host one of the largest whisky collections in the country, and a stones throw away from here is The Peveril of the Peak which is a Victorian ale house.
    Two BRILLIANT pubs - I'd recommend these two over any others for traditional pubs.

    You're by no means going to be blown away by these places - they are just traditional pubs, with the usual suspects on draught and cask.

    Enjoy your visit!
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  6. Dave_S

    Dave_S Initiate (75) May 18, 2017 England

    I don't know Manchester well, but I've been to the Marble Arch, the Peveril of the Peak and the Briton's Protection and would happily go back to any of them.
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  7. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Initiate (103) Dec 2, 2009 Florida

    Does Manchester have a neighborhood with a concentration of beer spots, akin to London's Bermondsey?
  8. Georgefox

    Georgefox Initiate (88) Aug 19, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    There’s a few brewery taps in the railway arches around the Piccadilly area. Maybe a couple more if you jump on a tram across town. Saturday will be your best day to make everywhere as limited opening times for some places. There are a few others that open sporadically you might be lucky to make.
  9. ciriliox

    ciriliox Initiate (86) Apr 6, 2009 Spain

    I'm going to Manchester & Peak District this april, so thank you very much for the advice! We're not focusing on craft beer (except Buxton), we prefer to discover traditional places and beers. Prague blew up our minds, and we hope that our "real ale tour" will blow it as well. I downloaded the CAMRA's pub guide app, bought the Good Beer Guide and read some books from Pete Brown. So we are ready to go :slight_smile:
  10. Georgefox

    Georgefox Initiate (88) Aug 19, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    If you get chance when you’re near Buxton I’d also recommend stopping at New Mills (one of the stops on the way back to Manchester) if it’s a weekend that Torrside Brewery have one of their brew taps on. Relatively new brewery but they have a great mix of traditional and modern style beers in cask, keg and bottle, without resorting to ddh everything. I think they will have an event on over Easter.
  11. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (5,923) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    If you are in Manchester on a Friday or Saturday Evening and are interested in beer heritage then a trip to Beer Nouveau’s brew tap might be recommended as Steve the head brewer is not only a beer historian but also likes to recreate a lot of traditional beers.
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