I was reluctant. We were eating nearby, and the previous place we passed was an All Bar One, home of overpriced drinks for the terminally uninspired, and this looked a bit hipster, and had the currently fashionable 90s revival exposed cable tray, but it redeemed itself with a great beer selection: I had to have Temple of Love from Hopcraft. There were hipster types, but prices were surprisingly OK.
We’d discounted it once because of noise level, but we were a bit pissed and one of the party persuaded us: in fact, it was OK. Busy, noisy, but OK, with decent beer, and the karaoke wasn’t so bad at a distance from the speakers.
We went in here after abortive attempts with other bars nearer the river, but this was a better option (at least when we arrived) as we got a seat and could hear one another. It’s a Nicholson’s pub, so for a chain quite agreeable and traditional. Staff were pleasant, and the beer decent too. It got rapidly noisy, which I think accounted for the staff calling time very early.
Another wonderful Manchester pub with a heritage interior, great beer, and great staff, and again, very convenient for us. Interior is proper traditional multi-room city pub, exterior tiled.
We were lucky in Manchester, working close by to some of the great pubs; and this was one.
Lovely heritage pub with a great heritage interior. Great beer and staff too.
Our local while working in Manchester. Supposedly the inspiration for the pub in the TV show Life on Mars. it’s a traditional boozer with great beer, great staff and a good jukebox (even if someone kept skipping the metal). There’s food at lunchtime, and at night the atmosphere is lively without being too noisy and rowdy; just what a city-centre pub should be.
I *should* have blogged this in May 2014, when we stopped here en route from Mallaig back home, trying for a cheaper option than Moffat but didn’t: maybe it felt the wrong side of the hotel/pub thing.
I’ll briefly mention the hotel- it’s ace. Great value and comfortable.
Besides that, it’s the village pub. Evidently once on the main Carlisle-Glasgow road, now the A74M passes by a short distance away, making the village quiet, but the proximity of a junction makes this a convenient pause.
In the bar itself, it’s pleasant and welcoming. Pub food, cask ale, a real fire, and friendly staff and locals.
The middle of nowhere, Glenluce sort-of:
We’d been here before, but it was a long, long time ago. Pleasant, old roadside pub, with friendly owners and decent food. One cask ale on offer, but I was driving :-(, so Becks alcohol-free it was. It had new-ish owners, and had been smartened up recently. Music, but not too loud, good selection of soft drinks. Great views over the bay to one side.
We dropped in for a drink: sadly lime and soda for me. Again, this is a hotel, but also the village pub.
Inside, it’s pleasant and cosy, with a fire going. There was cask ale on offer, and the staff were nice. Sensibly the pool table and gaming machines are in a seperate area, away from the bar.
Our base for a couple of days. We arrived in bright sunshine, having driven through snow, and grabbed a drink to sit outside with. Very friendly staff, good beer and wine, and great food, the atmosphere of an old-fashioned village pub in the bar, with a real fire. Popular for, but not dominated by food, and (as an aside) nice rooms.