We know about the industrial revolution, we know about the legendary music scene and we know about the countless records set and broken by our football teams, but if you’re after an alternative lesson in Mancunian history lesson though, then stepping inside one of the county’s many characterful and beloved boozers is sure to tell you everything you need to know.
The stories inside those four walls are some you’ll never forget.
According to latest statistics from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), Greater Manchester is home to in excess of 1,992 drinking establishments – Manchester city region housing 416 of them – and at one point was even known to be one of the areas with the highest amount of pubs and bars per head in the country, so it’s safe to say you’ll never be stuck for places to grab a pint round here.
Which pub is the best though?
Now, that’s not a straightforward question at all.
Here at The Manc, we always want to know where you stand.
Whilst we may not be able to head down to our locals to grab a pint all together at this moment in time as per local lockdown restrictions, but who says we can’t take a trip down memory through social media instead? So we took to Facebook this week to ask you, our loyal audience of Mancunians – ‘What’s your favourite boozer in Greater Manchester?’
This is what you said.
It seems there’s been no real winner here, but let’s face it, with so many top pubs throughout Greater Manchester, we shouldn’t feel the need for it to be a competition.
At a time when many independent establishments have experienced their most challenging months since being in business amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, each and every pub on this list deserves the praise it has been given.
This was the perfect opportunity to celebrate them all.
We received hundreds of replies to our question on Facebook, so we unfortunately haven’t been able to include every single one in this article. Instead, we chose to feature a few that seemed to resonate the best with our audience and received the most interactions overall.
Are you keen to have your say?
Well, there’s still time to chip in, so make sure you head on over to The Manc on Facebook to read the other responses, leave your thoughts and discuss with other Mancunians in the same or different positions to you.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have taken its toll on industries of all shapes and sizes over these past few months, but supporting local/independent business has never been more important than it is right now.
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The Failsworth pizzeria with queues of delivery drivers and mac and cheese pizza
There are a lot of contenders vying for the title of the best pizza in Greater Manchester – but judging by the endless stream of delivery drivers traipsing up to Failsworth, Corner Slice might be up there…
This little pizzeria has carved out a niche for itself serving Detroit-style pizzas, and though some have attempted the same, no one comes close to this quality.
These deep-dish rectangular pizzas are made with a lighter, spongier dough than the sort of chewy Neapolitan you see a lot of these days.
They’re baked in a dish so that the edges crisp up perfectly, and with toppings and cheese spread right to the edges, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Corner Slice has just raised the bar again with its menu of creative toppings, including – and brace yourself here – mac and cheese pizza.
The Lord Lane local clearly looked at its normal thick-based pizzas and went ‘hmm, no, not enough carb. Add pasta’.
The result is their oozy, gooey mac and cheese pizza called Mr Mac – a béchamel base with macaroni, smoked mozzarella, a cheese blend, and a pesto crumb. Oh lordy.
Other menu highlights include the Red Wing (nduja, jalapeños, pepperoni and hot honey) and Sunrise (Korean BBQ cauliflower, gochujang mayo, kimchi onions and pickled cucumber) – the former leaving you with streaks of bright red chilli honey up your arms, the latter so packed with flavour that you find yourself staring down at your slice in amazement after each bite.
And if you just can’t decide, you can always go half-and-half on your pizza topping.
It’s not just about the pizzas either.
Half-and-half Detroit-style pizza at Corner SliceParmesan waffle fries and buffalo chicken
Corner Slice also has incredible sides, like Korean BBQ popcorn chicken, parmesan waffle fries, and garlic dough rolls with rotating flavours.
There are dips too, made on-site, like the fermented hot sauce that’s probably most closely related to Buffalo sauce (but infinitely more interesting) and BBQ ranch.
The whole time we’re there (which is midday on a Friday) there’s a constant stream of delivery drivers coming to collect orders. The phone never stops ringing.
At one point, they take an order that’s fit to feed an entire American football team.
It looks like the future is bright for Corner Slice. And thank god – we’re already lusting after those crusts.
Corner Slice in FailsworthA spread of pizzas and sides at Corner Slice in Failsworth