Manchester's Historic Pubs
Discovering The Place Where You Could Get a Proper Pint
With Manchester fast becoming a destination filled with high-end bars, rather than the good ol’ pub - like many a city a town. We’ve already explored some of those Pubs Manchester has lost, but today we look at those Historic and much loved pups serving a Proper Pint and a Pack of Crisp, that are still standing and going strong.
If you’re on the way past one of these sometime soon, pop in and grab a pint - take a snap and send it to us, we’d love to see them.
The Britons Protection
This 200-year-old pub is truly a Mancunian institution, with its actual opening date a bit of a puzzle. It’s own website giving one date, several websites give others - and despite the claim on its website the bicentenary celebration was held 3 years later… so who knows!
The pub is charming, a maze inside with several rooms and really really welcoming. It’s a must-visit for anyone visiting Manchester.
Sinclairs Oyster Bar & Wellington / The Shambles
The Shambles was the old name given to the “butchers” or Butchers block. In 1999 as part of redevelopment work the Manchester City Council redeveloped the area where The Old Wellington building sat (building in the 16th century) into The Shambles Square (Sinclairs and Wellington, see below). Today this is particularly popular in the summer due to its outdoor seating, but also especially with football fans as its used as a holding area for away fans for Manchester United football matches.
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The City Arms
A true ale house, dating to the 18th century, The City Arms is a much-loved pub for both visitors and locals alike. Refitted in the 19th century, interwar years and then the 1970’s the layered history of The City Arms gives it a unique charm not found elsewhere in the city - if you are into your design history this is truly a pub for you, as it is if you love your ale.
The Marble Arch
This stunning pub dates to the 19th century and has a high decorated interior, with what are considered to be fairly unique gothic features outside and in - more associated with Churches and Schools. The Marble Arch was ‘refurbed’ in the 50’s … though it was rather tasteless and in 1989 it was all-but restored.
Are you looking to discover more about the History of Pubs in Central Manchester?
You can do just that with this book by Deborah Woodman, available on Amazon and Waterstones. The book discusses the history all the way from the first ale houses to modern day. It’s well worth the read.
The Peveril of The Peak
In the heart of Manchester, amidst the bustling streets and vibrant culture, stands a historic gem that has withstood the test of time – The Peveril of the Peak. This iconic establishment, known for its distinctive tile frontage and intriguing name, holds within its walls a rich history that spans centuries.