There’s no better feeling than being tucked up in a pub all warm and woozy after a couple of pints sheltering from the relentless Manchester winter weather.
You may feel the fun is done now that’s winter’s on the way and there’s no more long summer evenings, drinking alfresco on some rooftop bar, or wondering aimlessly through Manchester’s vibrant streets in an evening haze.
But we’re here to assure you, the best is yet to come.
That’s why we’re giving you a heads-up on some of the best pubs to properly bed into and hibernate from the grim weather across Manchester.
If you want to get out the house and settle into a lovely little pub in the centre of Manchester, then The City Arms is the perfect place to hide away from the weather but still enjoy the buzz of city life.
Cask ale lovers this is your paradise, as there’s top class ales here to remind you of all of life’s great fruits. Fancy a pie with that beer? Recently, the pub’s seriously upped its pie game with meaty, veggie, and vegan pies.
But make sure to keep an eye on your pie, as Rapha the pub dog might fancy a bit.
You’ll be cheering, laughing, and crying at this popular city centre beacon of entertainment as you tuck into a hearty roast dinner this winter.
Lass O’Gowrie not only has a huge screen for the footie, and regularly plays host to comedy, music, and drama galore, but it also offers an array of beers and lagers, or if you’re feeling crazy on a cold-winter’s eve, then crack on with a cocktail.
Bed in amongst the local music memorabilia in this charming and very-traditional Mancunian pub.
This is Manchester’s smallest pub, and if that isn’t cool enough as it is, it’s also one of the oldest pubs in Manchester too, so it’s a must see if you ask us.
Built in 1790, The Circus Tavern became a pub in 1840 and has been frequented by the likes of George Best and other Manchester United players, whose photos you will find up on their tiny walls, making having a pint in this tiny gem of Manchester’s long history one for the bucket list.
Established in 1868, Sam’s Chop House has kept Manchester fed with mouthwatering dishes for over a century, and if that isn’t reliability, what is?
Warm yourself from the inside with homemade steak and kidney pudding, fish and chips, or wild mushroom and spinach wellington. Quintessentially British dishes to distract yourself from that quintessential British weather that we all know and… love.
Unfortunately, it’s doors are temporarily closed – but keep your eyes peeled because when it reopens, it will brighten any dreary day.
Birthplace of Marble Brewery, The Marble Arch is the flagship venue of the company’s award-winning pub services.
If you’re up for doing a winter’s day “the right way”, then The Marble Arch is absolutely killing the game with mosaic floors, an ornate bar, nine hand pulls serving brewery-fresh cask beer, eight carefully selected keg lines, and a partridge in a pear tree.
The open kitchen promises seasonal dishes, hearty pub classics, or fusion cuisine such as roasted Indian spiced cauliflower risotto too.
The Salford Arms will warm any spirit, as this cracking local is one you should get frequented with as the days get colder.
Holding a special place in many a Mancunian’s heart, The Salford Arms provides you with the best of the basics, beer and live music, and there’s also a brilliant venue hall upstairs that’s often filled with great gigs.
Bored at home on a cold winter’s day, twiddling your thumbs, and aching to go outside? Then look no further as there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors if you get yourself on down to The Crown & Kettle in Ancoats.
Described as having the “oldest pub ceiling in the world”, collapse into a comforting armchair by the fire and muse over its 286 year old history – with a pint in hand, of course.
There’s also DJ sets, events that involve beer, and of course, as all pubs should host – bingo.
If you close your eyes and picture a proper English pub in your mind, there’ll be round tables, an unbeatable selection of beer, and a jukebox with a warm and fuzzy atmosphere.
And you’ll get all of this in Peveril Of The Peak.
With an iconic tiled exterior and a cosy interior giving all you need to while away the hours with your mates over a cold pint, Pev is simple, does what it says on the tin, and does it with charm – the Manchester way.
You can channel Tommy Shelby as you neck a neat Bourbon to the crackle of flames of the open fires at The Britons Protection.
Another oldie but goldie, The Briton’s Protection was established in 1811 and is a snug pub that showcases 300 whiskies alongside pasties and pies served at lunch from Monday to Friday to soak up that grain.
What more could you want as we edge into those winter months?
How much more Manchester can you get than listening to a cracking live band tucked under a graffiti covered railway bridge?
Considered one of Manchester’s finest for live entertainment, The Thirsty Scholar is perfect for dancing those chilly nights away, with an unpretentious vibe, a brilliant selection of beers, and with retro games to have a go at as trains thunder overhead.
If you really want to feel like you’re in back in 90s Manchester, this is your joint.
Ditch the open air venues, and instead dip into the cosy Eagle Inn and enjoy award-winning music in the comforting warmth.
Combining a traditional pub with live music and three small rooms off a central corridor with a central bar – historically known by locals as the Lamp Oil – The Eagle Inn is often called Salford’s hidden gem.
Want to know why? Get yourself down there and get involved.
According to Ticketmaster, this will be the seating plan for the AO Arena for Peter Kay’s gigs.
It’s a fully seated tour but every block is set to be in use.
Venue security and requirements
The show is strictly for people aged 15+.
The AO Arena has a few strict policies to keep gig-goers safe, so make sure to check entry requirements carefully before you travel.
For example, only one small bag per person is allowed, and bags like backpacks, travel cases and laptop bags are not permitted inside the arena.
All bags are scanned on entry to check for prohibited items like laser pens, flares, projectiles, weapons, drugs and alcohol, and even selfie sticks.
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Man uncovers long lost photos in charity shop depicting historic suffragette march
Whilst digging away in a charity shop, a man has uncovered a set of old Victorian era glass slides depicting what appears to be Women’s Sunday – a suffragette march held in London, organised by Moss Side’s own Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
Amongst a heap of slides that appear to be taken sometime around the early 1900s, one depicts a large group featuring women in the signature stripy hats worn by the protest group.
What’s more their new owner, Ray Newman, has even suggested that one of the photos may depict Emmeline Pankhurst herself.
Writing on Twitter, he shared a thread of the images with his followers: adding short commentary to each one.
One the photo in question, he comments: “If you zoom in on the woman in dark clothing seen looking towards the camera from between two PCs she looks like Emmeline Pankhurst, or am I fooling myself?”
Others have chimed in with suggestions as to the date of the photograph, with one writing: “The boater straw hats plus mutton sleeves equals c.1910.”
Given that the Women’s Sunday protest was held just two years prior to this in 1908, it does seem possible that this incredibly old photograph has captured one of the biggest moments in the suffragette’s history.
The event, organised by Pankhurst’s WSPU, featured the organisation’s colours (purple, white and green) for the first time in public. In days leading up to the event, over 10,000 scarves in the colours were sold at two shillings and elevenpence each, whilst men donned ties in solidarity.
Held to persuade the then Liberal government to support votes for women, the march is thought to have been the largest demonstration to be held until then in the country – drawing around 30,000 women marched to Hyde Park in seven processions.
Of course, the photos not being dated or marked in any way, it is hard to know if these really are images of Emmeline Pankhurst and the historic march but there are quite a few people online speculating that it could well be.
Several have pointed to the seemingly large police presence (and one person claims to have counted eleven officers), suggesting that that could indeed point to it being a photograph of a large suffragette protest.
Elsewhere amongst the collection of photos, images show a stately home, school or institution with flamingos outside, what appears to be a boy scout troop or group of cadets armed with rifles, boaters on the water at Alexandra Park, and a number of people posing in period dress.
Writing above a picture that depicts an old British high street, Ray comments on how the glass slides are tricky to scan adding that he had to “do it with my phone against a bright white screen.”
He continues: “This is a high street… somewhere… c.1910, I’d guess. I can see a sign for an inn with an ‘excellent motor garage’ but can’t work out any more than that.”
Above another, he said: “A stately home, school or institution. There are statues of flamingos on the left. Definitely haunted. (House and slide.)”
Offering a fascinating look into a lost world, some of the images are over 100 years old and taken when photography was something of a new art form. Unlike today, when everyone has a camera in their pocket, to own a camera was something of a rarity – making these images even more intriguing.
If you would like to see the full thread of pictures uncovered by Ray, you can do so by clicking here.