The Beer House
6 Angel Street
(0161 839 7019).
Open all day
The Beer House
The Beer house is just off the main A664 road near the A665 junction and is well worth the effort to find it. This was once a very boring Tetley's house with no real ale. Now it is one of the very best ale houses in Manchester
A plain looking tiled exterior in the Victorian style leads through to a modern firkin style makeover inside - all wooden floors (part lino), wooden 'S' shaped bar with overhang for glasses. The bar is to the left on entrance, almost behind the door. As you turn round to get to it notice the huge blackboard on the far wall.
Here you will be presented with the best view in the world - a list of 12-16 real ales. The landlord tries to keep as many ales on at all times and the commitment shows in the excellent selection and quality of ale. The beers on at the time are too many to list, though I tried Boat - Man in a Boat Mild 3.5%, Moor - Sandwiches 4.5% and Castle - Execution Ale 4.6%. Ask for the sparkler to be removed.
If you fancy Belgian beers they have a few on draught including Kriek, Leffe Blonde and Hoegaarden, all served in the correct glasses - no stealing them please! For the wine drinker there are fruit wines from a UK source.
Seating is mixed with some benches on the far wall and small round tables and chairs/stools nearer the door. It's difficult to see in as they have bathroom style glass.
Music is provided by the jukebox in the corner and has some up to date tunes, particularly indie sounds.
The toilets (clean) are on the ground floor, though there are steps up in to the pub which makes it not for the disabled in wheelchairs. Ceilings are low and this is reflected in the rooms upstairs.
Here there is another bar area with tables and chairs. This is not used as a bar, but you can sit there, and there is a new bar billiard table, plus Sky Sports. This area is also used for the frequent beer festivals where beer is dispensed by gravity.
Check out the web site below for details of the festivals and book your place, it's a must.
Food is served here at lunchtimes and early evenings. It is traditional fayre including chip butties. Check for times.
A beer garden of sorts is available in summer.
The nearest train and tram is Victoria station - 5-10 minutes walk away.
No accommodation here.
The Font, New Wakefield Street - guest ales & bottles.
The Cask, Liverpool Street - several hand pumps & foreign beer.
The Crown & Kettle, Oldham Road - 3 guests.
The Castle Hotel, Oldham Road - 11 Robinsons Ales.
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This pub has now been sold to InnSpired, the pub group that was Ushers. The beer range, since the takeover is 50/50 Innspired's range, and 50%small brewers, all well kept by Jeni, who maybe the youngest landlady in the UK(21). The food is being restarted now (september2002) and is good, freshly made and cheap. (Mike)