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Saturday 18th February
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National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
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Saturday 18th March
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National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
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National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

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Our focus of interest (pubs that is) of Manchester has expanded significantly since about 1993, with investment from breweries in bars, public houses and clubs, along with active support from the local authorities. The more than 500 licensed premises in the city centre have a capacity to deal with over 250,000 visitors. There are so many great pubs in this city that we couldn't possibly get round them all in a day - we won't even get to visit Canal Street this time round. We'll be back no doubt...
MICRO BAR, Unit Fc16, Manchester Arndale, 49 High Street M4 3AH
The Micro Bar in the Arndale market is run by Boggart Hole Clough brewery and boasts an array of real ales and is popular with locals. They have 2 draught lagers (Kuppers Kolsch and Phoenix), 1 draught cider and 4 Real Ale pumps mainly consisting of 2 from Boggart and 2 guest ales.

They have a great selection of real ale bottles from all over the country (breweries such as Brew Dog, Saltaire, Coniston, Leek, Ulverston) which are constantly changing. They also have American, Belgian and German bottles such as 6 different bottles from Goose Island and 6 different Flying Dogs also Kwak, Tripel karmaliet, Duvel and La Trappe
MR THOMAS CHOP HOUSE, Cross Street, Manchester, M2 7AR
Stepping into Mr. Thomas’ Chop House is akin to entering a museum’s mock-Victorian street scene. Burnished tiles gleam, here in fine hues of green, alongside deeply polished wood and a tiled floor. The late 19th Century purple and coral light fittings lend an air of sophisticated gravitas to the dining room, whilst the muted globe lighting which bookends the bar is reminiscent of the art deco-styled ballroom in The Shining.

Nursing a pint of Black Sheep’s Best Bitter, the interested drinker can also view the range of contemporary art that currently adorns the walls, in striking contrast to the tiled background. Little wonder the Duke of Milan and King of Naples were so taken with the place when they visited in 2007.
OLD WELLINGTON, 4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW
The oldest pub in Manchester dating back to the 16th century. A Scheduled Ancient Monument, this pub was once home to some of the founders of Manchester commerce and the people behind its first bank, its first quay and the cotton industry. It was the family home of the Byroms, and it was John Byrom, born here in 1692, who invented an early form of shorthand. The building was moved 100m from its original site in a redevelopment programme in 1998. Serving Jennings, Thwaites and up to 5 guests
ATHENAEUM a.k.a. BROWNS BAR, 1 York Street, Manchester M2 2AW
The drinks menu at Browns is impressive with many real ales and rare import beers on tap as well as a wide range of premium old and new world wines and Champagnes, most available by the glass as well as the bottle. The interior is very beautiful; having once been one of the city's opulent banking halls, it boasts huge marble pillars, a very grand, ornate stuccoed ceiling, huge decorative windows and rich oak panelling.

There is a piano playing in the background which adds to the general charm and ambiance of the surroundings. Even the toilets are impressive. Entry is via an oak pannelled staircase and when you get downstairs, the ladies area is huge and absolutely immaculate - apparently.
THE CITY ARMS, 46-48 Kennedy Street, Manchester, M2 4BQ
Entering the City Arms is like stepping back in time a good 60 years. This true real ale pub is a haven of beer drinking manliness in the heart of the city centre. the two rooms that make up the bar are oak lined, one room being packed with small tables and the second houses the bar, which is tiny. With a good selection of cask and real ales on offer with Tetley, Moorhouse and Thwaites on cask plus several rotating guest beers. Small but friendly pub that regularly appears in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. A corridor at the rear of the bar has green moulded glazed tiling.
PEVERIL OF THE PEAK, 127 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JQ
The Peveril Of The Peak could arguably be Manchester’s most famous pub. This distinctive looking traditional pub has also been a haven for many a celeb, with the likes of Eric Cantona and Robbie Coltrane being regular visitors.

Sat awkwardly on a triangular piece of land on the corner of Great Bridgewater Street, the amazing two tone green brick work and roof top washing line makes it one of Manchester’s best loved landmarks.

‘The Pev’, as it’s referred to by many Mancunians, has a fine selection of real ales and beers often including Deuchars IPA, Caledonian, Copper Dragon, Everards, Jennings. and Golden Pippin. It is a c1829 classic unspoilt former coaching house, Grade II listed, multi-roomed pub, named after a famous stage coach. It has a green tiled exterior ground floor and lots of stained glass inside.
PARAMOUNT, 33-35 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 4BH
A JD Wetherspoons pub Built in 1930 as the Paramount Picture Palace, this showpiece was later replaced by the Odeon cinema, next door. Offering the usual cheap drinks and cheap food all day every day, The Paramount is a nice relaxed place to grab a drink that isn’t going to break the bank although, being close to the Palace Theatre, Bridgewater Hall and on the main walk down to the Universities, it can get extremely busy. Serves Elland, G/K, Phoenix, Thwaites and the usual array of guests.

The next three pubs don't appear on our map, I've added them because of their quirkiness and the fact that they are so close together on Portland Street, not far from the PEVERIL and the PARAMOUNT if any of you fancy making a short detour further south-east.
GREY HORSE INN, 80 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4QX
Hydes Bitter and Mild, seasonal. Noel Duffy is the tenant. Apparently the Grey Horse and the Old Monkey were acts in a Circus and in the off season the circus folk stayed in the area. This and the Circus Tavern next door are both small pubs in early 19th Century cottages.
THE OLD MONKEY, 90 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4GX
Joseph Holt Bitter, Mild, and seasonal beer. A recently refurbished, large corner pub on two floors, you can allegedly get a pint here for under £1.00.
CIRCUS TAVERN, 86 Portland Street, M1 4GX
with the GREY HORSE INN to the right and the OLD MONKEY to the left

The CIRCUS TAVERN bar. The smallest bar in Europe?
The building dates back to 1790 and was transformed from a house into a pub around 1840. The Circus Tavern is named so because performers from the city’s then-permanent circus used to frequent there. The Circus is one of Tetley’s Heritage pubs and the interior features one of the smallest bars in Europe, perhaps even the smallest. At just a few feet long, the bar is nestled in the corner of the hallway in the pub near the entrance and features a t-bar dispensing lager, cider and John Smiths Smooth along with one handpump serving Tetley’s Cask.

The unusual location of the bar results in a bit of congestion and the barmaids offer table service to the adjoining rooms. The two small rooms at the front and rear of the pub offer some seating but in all there is probably room for no more than 30 or so people.

This pub has been used by "generations of celebrities" and its walls are adorned with photos of famous drinkers. Actor Ray Winstone, whose wife is from the area, frequents the pub and it used to be a regular watering hole for the late Manchester United footballer, George Best.
WATERHOUSE, 67-71 Princess Street, Manchester M1 4BH
Another JD Wetherspoon pub stands in the shadow of Manchester Town Hall. Completed in 1877, this civic palace was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who was also responsible for several other buildings in the city. The rapid expansion of the city, and the ambitions of its civic leaders, led to the creation of a municipal palace of unrivalled splendour, designed by Alfred Waterhouse.

The internal mosaic design incorporates a pattern of bees, symbolic of Manchester's industry, which is also found on the city's coat of arms. Unusually for Wetherspoons it has many seperate rooms instead of the upright drinking shed you normally expect. Serves Buxton, Phoenix, Thwaites and 5 guests
PORT STREET BEER HOUSE, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ
Craft beers from here, there and everywhere. They have seven handpulls featuring the likes of Marble, Brodie’s, Darkstar, Hardknott, Buxton, Odell, Camden, Ilkley, Roosters, Schlenkerla, Kirkstall and Hawskhead, eighteen draft lines and over a hundred bottled beers including Brewdog's "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" an “Uber” Imperial Stout which at 32% abv is £45.00 for a 330ml bottle. You may not see another pub today after leaving here - you may never see another day either!
CROWN AND KETTLE, 2 Oldham St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5FE
Down Great Ancoats Street another architectural gem comes into sight: The Crown & Kettle. This building was originally designed as a law court, and once you’ve seen the ceiling this makes sense. It features candelabra-esque affairs that hang from massive wooden cues, which in turn emerge from plaster busts and leaves.

This is a serious ceiling, though unfortunately it’s not in perfect condition. After it was damaged (in an arson attack that closed the pub for 15 years), English Heritage required it to be enclosed in netting to prevent plaster falling into your pint. This seems a shame considering that the vault has been adorned with a glorious green, red and gold paint job that highlights the building’s ornate features.

Either way, admiring the ceiling and the striking arches above the bar area is a rewarding experience, especially if done whilst enjoying a pint of Owl’s Amber Light. This is also an outlet for real cider with a changing guest sold from a polytub behind the bar.
photoSMITHFIELD HOTEL AND BAR, 37 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ
The Smithfield Hotel & Bar is one of the city’s oldest pubs. Situated next to the old Smithfield Market the pub used to be a haven for the market traders and their employees and the friendly atmosphere continues through to today. The house beers are its own, specially brewed 3.5 per cent Smithfield bitter – a great, quaffable drink from Facers – and Robinson's Dark Mild.

Sandwiched between these at the bar are seven guest beers often including Golden Halo, Cherry Bomb, and Konig Ludwig Weissbier, a dark wheat beer from Austria. The Smithfield is also one of the few outlets for one of the world's greatest beers, Robinson's Old Tom.
BAR FRINGE, 8 Swan Street, Oldham Road, Manchester M4 5JN
Bar Fringe, on the Swan Street edge of the Northern Quarter, is a bit spit and sawdust; part biker bar, part old man’s pub, with a dash of geek chic and a connoisseur’s taste evident in the selection of continental beer behind the bar. It’s a small place that feels smaller still at weekends, when workers mingle with students and creatives under the watchful gaze of a life sized vampire slayer (Buffy, not Faith) who towers into the ceiling cavity atop bottles of assorted obscure beer brands, eyeballing the activity below.

For many, the beer is the main draw. Bar Fringe stocks about a range of continental (mainly Belgian) beers so extensive you will struggle to count them all. Pleasingly, they’re all served in appropriate glassware (so simple, but so few bars get this basic right), alongside reasonably priced guest real ales and other continental draught beers, including, unusually, Duvel Green.
photoMARBLE ARCH, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY
The Marble Arch on Rochdale Road, is the home of Manchester’s ubiquitous city centre brewers, Marble Beers. This 1880s public house is Grade II listed and stands out as a fine example of Early Victorian architecture, opening a window onto the styles and habits of the age.

The pub was the first in the Marble family and housed the brewery until 2011. The beautiful listed building has 11 hand pulls that dispense their own beers and respected guest breweries. They have a "newly inserted 3 T-bar keg line" (Eh?) where Gaz Bee, the manager, brings you the newest in brewing break-throughs.

Stepping through the front door, gravity itself encourages you to visit the bar, as the sloping floor leads straight to the fine selection of hand pumps. With pint pot in hand, the thoughtful drinker can sit and admire the glazed tiling of the main bar, complete with cornice-level listings of the tipples that once delighted the original clientele. Keep an eye out for the numbered Marble beers, which are often short run batches of single hop beers.
ANGEL, 6 Angel Street, Manchester M4 4BQ
Revitalised pub serving an excellent selection of beers and ciders, plus a range of bottles. One room with bare floorboards featuring a piano, with a real fire in winter. Two pumps for cider and perry, and up to eight pumps for regular and guest ales. They have one perennially-featured real ale, 'White Lion' from Bob's Brewing Company.
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