18-21 The Crescent
0161 736 5600
Open all day
Don't be put off by the dour and rather dismal exterior - this is an interestingly odd pub on the inside, with a wide range of beers and food (specialising in excellent curries).
Popular with students as it's just a stone's throw from Salford University, it can get busy in the evenings, but is relatively student free at lunchtimes all week. It's also frequented by good beer fanatics looking to try some of the more scarce beers.
All the beers on this visit were well kept and served - the prices are very keen too and you will have change to sample either a bap/roll or food (there is a vegetarian choice) from the menu at lunchtimes and evening meals, inc Wednesdays which is curry night.
Steps into the pub I'm afraid so no good for wheelchair users. This is a shame as the pub has much to offer by way of relaxation.
The floor is wood in the main bar - which is rather bijou, but welcoming. There are round tables and stools along the back wall where you can sit on a bench and watch the bar while drinking. Tall stools at the bar and further down some more similar style seating. There is a lso a window seat, but the door is really close to it and in winter a sharp draught hits you every time someone goes in or out. You will also find a chalkboard here with the beers on and the food. You will also find a list of the Belgian draught beers here, though they also have a good bottle selection beind the bar. There are frequent beer festivals here with up to 40 ales on.
The other drinking areas are similar, though the back bar area - all served from the one bar - is darker and close to the toilets and kitchen. Seating is similar throughout.
Being close to the railway station at Salford Crescent, this is an easy stop, though if you are already in Manchester, you might consider walking as the trains are not regular and only go from Victoria. If you need parking there is some but not at the front. Also can get smokey, but the coming ban should sort that out.
A function/party room is available for free hire and they will supply a buffet or hot meals on request.
A good pub that's worth seeking out if you are in Manchester for an event or the shopping.
The car park is at the rear of the building.
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A real old fashioned drinkers' boozer, peculiar shaped bar which seems like to separate bars from the entrances but linked around the back. Slightly bohemian feel to the place but friendly and certainly not pretentious or "trendy". Ten (I think) ales on handpump, a good range, the Bazen's Black Pig (which I think is always on) was superb. Prices mostly around £2 a pint depending on strength, filled rolls at around £1.20 each were tasty. Only downside is the traffic thundering past on the A6 immediately outside; it's around halfway between Salford Crescent and Central rail stations on the southern side of a very busy dual carriageway.
Bazens Black Pig Mild
Phoenix Thirsty Moon
plus up to seven guests
plus cider & Belgian beer.
254 Eccles Old Road
From: S:£45, D:£65