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Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester

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user reviews of the Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

A striking pub externally, and an interesting one internally. Virtually empty on my early Saturday afternoon visit, though going by the décor & remarks of previous reviewers it is plainly a night venue. Friendly enough though, and a pint of Spitting Feathers (3.40, not seen before or since) was more than satisfactory.
Queenslander - 12 Sep 2016 22:16
Called in for a swift pint last night while in Manchester. Mid-week so was not packed out but a fair few students in and an older gent (plus me) and a live band on.

At the bar there are 8 pumps, of which 2 were off. Available were Winter Tweed by Tweed Brewing Company (4.1%), 4T's IPA, Spitting Feathers Special Ale, and 3 from the Greene King stable.

I went for the Winter Tweed which was quite a pleasant bitter, not as bland as some bitters. Can't remember how much it set me back but don't remember being shocked at how little change I was given.

Oh, and it turns out the older gent was the next act on after the first band...

The live acts weren't uncomfortably loud and the atmosphere was OK.
RealAleRobUK - 25 Feb 2016 15:11
First time in following its refurbishment. The bar area now looks much more modern, whether that is a good or a bad thing is down to personal taste though. There were plenty of people congregating in front of the bar which made it a bit congested - strange as there were plenty of seats available further down the pub. After making it to the bar there were about 5 real ales available, one of which was Greene King IPA Reserve, which I have never had before, but decided to pass on this time in favour of one of the festive ales. All in all, still a pleasant pub with a fair selection of ale. Perhaps some of the character has been lost though.
RealAleRobUK - 14 Dec 2014 20:52
Top class pub. Classic tiled exterior gives the pub a distinctive iconic look. Interior has a timeless feel, especially the snug. Tried two beers from Allgates (brewed at Wigan) both of which were excellent: 'Dry Bones' which was light & tasty and 'Hung Drawn & Portered' which was dark and delicious. Fantastic place.
DoctorBarfly - 29 Nov 2014 13:54
The Lass O'Gowrie on Charles Street was voted Best Pub in Britain in 2012 in the Great British Pub Awards.

Pub bosses admit they have seen takings tumble since the closure of the BBC's Oxford Road site - but say their pleas for a rent reduction to owners Greene King fell on deaf ears.

After a two-year battle with the brewery chain, landlord Gareth Kavanagh will step down from running the pub this weekend - and all ten employees will be made redundant.

Mr Kavanagh, 41, who took over the pub eight years ago, finally won a battle to reduce his £54,000-a-year rent in August after going to an independent tribunal.

But he told the M.E.N that it came too late to save the pub - and said the nail in the coffin came when the brewery demanded a further £40,000 refurbishment of the venue take place.

Mr Kavanagh claimed that the brewery managers had labelled his award-winning business 'below-average' and said he should be taking £500,000 a year.

He told the M.E.N: "Businesses around us have been closing down left, right and centre. Because we weren't getting passing trade, we had been working on a business plan to become a destination pub.

"But the people who run the brewery don't care that we're an award winning pub. They just look at our location and said we were a 'below average pub' and in their opinion we should be making 30 per cent more revenue."

The businessman said he requested a rent review in 2011 after his turnover dropped by 40 per cent after the BBC relocated from Oxford Road to MediaCityUK in Salford and other local businesses closed down.

When the brewery did not grant the request - the pub boss went to an independent body which ruled the rent was too high and should be slashed by 40 per cent.

But Mr Kavanagh claimed he was forced to quit when brewery bosses mounted a full-scale 'depreciation' review of the pub and demanded that thousands of pounds worth of renovation take place.

He added: "We passed our fire safety tests with flying colours, but despite this Greene King carried out a full scale review of the pub after they lost the case.

"Nothing can be done about it now. We've wanted to keep our own counsel about the problems, even after we won the review. But now we just want to thank everyone who has made the pub a success. I'm out of a job now and have lost a lot of money but I really hope all our talented, fantastic staff get work very soon."

The traditional pub boasts an eclectic mix of theatre and comedy, vintage video games,and live music.

It has also been at the heart of the Greater Manchester Fringe festival, organised and co-founded by Mr Kavanagh and manager Lisa Connor.

Quirky shows to feature at the pub include a play based on the life of Joy Division's Ian Curtis and a festival celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who.

It is understood that Greene King will seek a new licensee for the pub after Mr Kavanagh leaves on January 6.

The annual Great British Pub Awards are given by the licensing trade publication, The Publican's Morning Advertiser.

A Greene King spokesperson said: “We are investing in the Lass O’Gowrie with a major redevelopment to improve this popular ale-house. The pub will remain independently run and the new tenant, a successful local pub operator, will take over shortly.

“The pub will re-open in a few weeks once it has been refurbished, with an even stronger focus on real ale and a wider selection of locally-brewed cask ales alongside our own ales.”

John Rowlinson, the new tenant at the Lass O’Gowrie, said: “The Lass O’Gowrie is an iconic pub and I am very proud to be taking it forward. I am certain that the refurbishment we are planning will firmly cement the Lass’s place in Manchester as a first rate real ale pub.”

This was taken from Friday 3rd Manchester evening news
Caskales - 3 Jan 2014 16:58
Had a good pint of betty and sat in the snug, flicking through the collection of books and pull down screen, some of the local art for sale, a run through the forthcoming events... this pub is long with the bar at one side, which made it a bit of a hassle on a busy day, but the snug area is lovely.
saido - 22 Sep 2013 17:46
An unusual pub with character, and that is not a bad thing! Hadn't been in for a few years but paid a visit a few weeks ago. I am sure I remember there used to be a glass viewing 'dome' which allowed you to see the micro brewery in the cellar. This appears to have gone now, which is a bit of a shame as it was a bit of a novelty and added to the charm of the place. That said, the ale in here was absolutely fine, a fair few to choose from on my visit and no issues over quality. I'd definitely recommend calling in for a pint or two, especially if you like real ale.

I remember years ago in here I was short changed at the bar. Didn't realise till I sat back down at the table and was gutted, knowing it was too late to go back and query it. About 5 minutes later the member of staff who served me came over with a £5 note apologising. I was very impressed; you wouldn't get that kind of honesty everywhere.
RealAleRobUK - 16 Jul 2013 16:31
I always make sure I take a trip to the Lass on every trip to Manchester. The Betty's Best bitter is to die for. The food seems to have gone down a bit over the last year but the ale is still very good.
Shame that the BBC has relocated from across the road as the pub has seemed a little quiet since they all moved up to Salford. Hope they can stay open as I like the feel of the pub with the 80s memorabilia and original Paperboy computer game with handle bar!
DixieLand - 21 Mar 2013 20:13
There's a lot written here that's highly subjective and expectation-related.

I'd say it's easily in the top 20% of Manchester pubs, does proper beer, and is generally worth a try.
eddybeer - 8 Feb 2013 17:21
Was slightly disappointed by this pub, which is not too far from Oxford Road station. Despite having around 9-10 handpulls, only 3 were on - Conwy Clogwyn Gold & Honey Fayre & Outstanding Betty's Best, the house beer. It was reasonably busy on our Sunday evening visit, with plenty of people watching the live football. However, the barman warned us that they would be closing soon. I've witnessed this in a few Manchester pubs and am a little surprised. This may still be worth a shot if you're in the area. But it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Dec 2012 21:11
Went last Friday evening. Still a great pub with great character and lots of events on.

However, it doesnt seem to be as good with real ale these days. I remember it being one of the best real ale pubs in the city centre at one time. In my experience, the ale is ok but not great. If you want quality ale, there are now a lot of better places to go. Joshua Brooks and Molly House being two nearby.

Saying that, ale is not important to everyone and this pub ticks all the other boxes
juninhocrunch - 24 Sep 2012 10:46
Hello rassilon74! I'm ever so slightly confused given your previous posts on us last year, however I'm willing to take you at your word. I can only assume you've been moved because either the Snug, or far more rarely the rear of the pub has been reserved for an event. In these situations we do try hard to let people know that a space has been reserved with posters and signs. Everywhere else is fine for you to sit at, trust me. I'm sorry you feel you've been brusquely spoken to and I would hate to think we've offended a fellow Doctor Who fan (clue's in the name, see). Perhaps give us another chance at one of our regular Doctor Who screenings, club meets or our annual Doctor Who convention in March 2013? Happy times and places.... x
garethothelass - 15 Sep 2012 21:32
Went in last summer with mate only to be chucked out of the back room by an arrogant lady who spoke to us like peasants - management couldn't care less. Revisted this year and atmosphere hadn't changed an aura of 'don't sit there' and 'that's our room' still existed. Avoid
rassilon74 - 14 Sep 2012 16:46
Unfortunately, I've noticed a steady decline (over the past 2 years) in the quality of the beer kept in this famous old boozer. The prices have gone up, and the quality has come down, which is a tragic shame considering things seemed to be on the up (the beer was never that good in the past). Their beer, all of it, can be summed up in one tidy little word: tired. A tired flat pint, served by tired looking staff in a run-down hovel.

So it's back to square one I'm afraid, and back to the original stance; avoid this filth until they've sorted their cellar out.
macboswell - 21 May 2012 16:33
Shuts early (5-6pm) on a Sunday which caught me out. Otherwise awesome.
Nige - 5 Apr 2012 12:59
Went on a recent pub crawl around Manchester and loved this pub so much that we went in there twice during the day. We started off in here about 12pm and found the Betty's Best a great way to start the day. We also had a pie and chips which was very well priced and very nice.
Was great to see Old Trip on tap as I have only had it in the Trip Jerusalem in Nottingham before.
The staff were very welcoming and we could have stayed in this pub for a long time. We are having another weekend around Manchester in November and this will be our first port of call again.
DixieLand - 13 Oct 2011 03:03
I ventured to the Lass last Saturday night and was pleased to find a large group of Gamers who had set up home throughout the pub. Each time I've been there has been something going on and this seems to be something that happens frequently, (gaming nights, stand up comedy and art shows)

I've been here a few times and I've never had a bad pint although the food isn't great. The home made burgers are lovely but the wedges and dips are a bit odd to say the least. The bar staff are friendly, the beer garden is small but clean and the selection of ale can be quite varied. To start off the night I'll normally get a pint of Bessie's best and go from there.
s0called - 19 Jul 2011 21:30
Ignore last review wrong pub! Lass is a classic boozer!
rassilon74 - 30 Jun 2011 19:06
DON'T GO! Very rude staff more interested in their regulars who were rude as well! Go to the Salisbury or Marble Arch
rassilon74 - 30 Jun 2011 18:24
A very popular pub which shows sports on numerous TVs inside. Got very busy (packed) today with the football and rugby on. Good beer including continental stuff. (Though I'd go at a quieter time to sample the beer properly.)
dpaajones - 19 Mar 2011 23:16
Having not been to Manchester for many a year, I was keen to try a few of the old haunts from my University days. I'm pleased to say the Lass did not disappoint and brought back many a happy memory too. Of the ales on, I counted eight and found the Beartown Ginger and Mill Town on top form. May the Lass reign for many a year yet!
Buddywindrush - 16 Mar 2011 15:10
Now this was quite an unexpected find for a Friday night! It looks like nothing special from the outside (although, the tiles are lovely) but inside it was brilliant! You could barely move for the people and the atmosphere was fabulous. I tried the Betty's Best, which was really crisp and tasty and would have stayed for more but we were meeting people elsewhere. Food looked good as well, but I'd already eaten so no go. I'll be back!
maximillian - 7 Feb 2011 15:28
Me and a couple of friends often visit this pub for an evening drink and meal & have not had a bad pub meal here yet. Good quality homemade grub, especially the pies & hotpot & homemade chips & portions are always very generous. We also often frequent the pubs comedy nights on Saturdays which is held in a room upstairs & a great intimate gig with a good mixed crowd. I have also been to plays held there and was surprised to see a discerning older crowd of theatre goers! Will definately go back to watch more theatre there as well as the comedy. Think they do a lot of other nights during the week too. I would recommend this pub as it has a relaxed homely feel and you can easily chat and drink away a few hours here!
MissTea - 31 Jan 2011 22:54
Lovely pub, with considerably more ale than my last visit. My colleague and I enjoyed several delightful pints of Betty's Best (priced at a competitive 2.40 a pint) and played Pacman deep into the night. Rightly a Manchester icon and, along with the Marble and Grey Horse, a must visit in Manchester.
greatzini - 12 Jan 2011 23:26
Beer prices are ludicrously high and sadly the quality is very inferior. Last time I called in I ordered one of my favourite drinks from 'BankTop' of Bolton which is normally always on good form. It was just horrid! I should have returned it in all honesty but just left in disgust.


realalerules1983 - 10 Jan 2011 21:31
tis with a heavy heart I review this pub. It used to be a great pub.. But now I very rarely go in. I have had a few bad experiences in the lass recently. 8 handpumps but you will be lucky to see even half that on. Me and a few friends were sat in the snug once, a few years ago now, when, after an hour, I was asked to leave the snug. Apparently it was booked by some comic book reading society? We then had to stand by the gents as the place was more or less full. Needless to say we drank up and moved on.

Bar staff? Hit and mix really. Some staff can seem quite misanthropic. There was one in particular who threatened me with expulsion when I heckled a comedian one night. I felt quite embarrassed by this because she could have easily asked me not to get carried away with the comedy on offer, but to berate me in the manner of a school teacher, I found that embarrassing. I was too embarrassed to even challenge her at the time and I think that this affected the mood of a group of people around me as they even commented this.

The pub does well when the football is on and I was last in their at the weekend. Thou this seems to be the only time I go in there to watch the football.

levyblue - 14 Sep 2010 13:18
I'm 50 50 with this pub. Its kind of off the beaten track near to the BBC studios. Unless you're in the salisbury or the thirsty scholar it would be deemed out of the way. Worth a visit nether the less in my oppinion though.
realalerules1983 - 13 Aug 2010 21:17
Splendid traditional pub, with a slightly ramshackle feel to the interior which adds to rather than subtracts from the charm of the place. The bar is in the 'Velveted Saloon', but the snug off to the side is a great spot just to sit and ponder the wonders of the universe with a pint in hand. There is also a small balcony overlooking the Medlock. Beer-wise, only six of the ten handpumps were in use, and most of these (apart from the 'house' Betty's Best) were Greene King offerings, but my pint of the Spitting Feathers Dark Velvet Mild (2.70) guest ale was excellent. Quite rightly, one of Manchester's 'destination' pubs.
rpadam - 4 Jul 2010 14:31
Was not sure about this place until recent visit - quality of ale was very good. The Brass Monkey - Golden Monkey was excellent 2.70. Will be back.
kernott1 - 13 Jun 2010 22:25
Good pub for the young at heart. Always seems to be something going on. Nicely ramshackle and quite dark (like a real pub should be!). I agree with some of the beer comments and while it is not a purist ale pub it does have a more than decent range of drinks. I'll be back. 8/10
dry_riser_inlet - 28 May 2010 10:45
I do like this pub, nice and quirky with a good selection of drinks. Especial praise for having ditched the Strongbow draught cider in favour of Aspall's - I really could drink that stuff all day.
jeff1637 - 5 May 2010 22:36
April 2010 - favours the 'lived-in' look. Beer was fine, and a free comedy night. Could do with a refurb, I didn't think it lived up to the other recent reviews.
ed_hodge - 6 Apr 2010 20:37
Visited back in July to have a quick beer with an old friend before returning to Bristol. Had a pint of Betty's Bitter and just had to have more. One of the finest beers I have had. Looking forward to my next visit.
Jules_B - 29 Oct 2009 09:35
Disappointing visit a coupla weeks back with just 3 of the 8(?) handpumps clipped at 17:30. Lost my notes on what I chose, but it had to go back and was, to be fair, changed with very good grace, tho the replacement Bettys Best was not at its best either. Other pull was a mild. Maybe poor timing, but needs to improve beer choice & quality before I venture back.
trainman - 6 Oct 2009 11:34
Always been a great pub.. good selection of well kept beers.. warm and friendly. I also was asked (more like demanded) to remove myself from a bar stool by some red nosed old ass.. who got firstly a lesson in manners (please goes a long way) and then told where to shove it.. hahaha. I'm from Wigan.. I will sit on a stool if theres one vacant. Imagine the arrogance.. asking a lady to get off "my seat" The nice guy behind the bar agreed and told the old fool to leave or he wouldn't be responsible if I decided to wallop the rude old idiot (turned his back so I could if I wanted)
Enough said.. I like The Lass.. have been going in there for over 20 years. Always a breath of fresh air in an otherwise rather bleak city. I make a point of dropping in for a pint, and I always take visitors to the city in for a pie and a pint.
julia.d - 2 Oct 2009 01:17
I was once asked to vacate a barstool in this place,by one of the regulars.Did not see any name on the back;however I like this place,very much indeed.It has its regulars,but has something to offer everyone.I like the idea of mini-art expos and all the other querky things on offer.The beer is fine,and always changing;would rather pay more than sip in a Spoons.Lets hope it keeps trying new things.
delstefan - 30 Sep 2009 11:54
The Lass is a quality boozer, of that their can be no doubt. The ales are kept well and rotate on a regular basis to keep up the interest. In the age of the chain pub (F*!@%$ awful things) it is a breath of Fresh air. The most important thing about the Lass is how accommodating the landlord and staff are to a wide range of punters. Whilst keeping the tradition of a traditional town boozer, they have not been afraid to push the boundaries a little and try something new. From exhibitions of rock n roll photography to free vintage computer games and even the occasional gig or poetry reading there is something for everyone. If you enjoy your sport there is no need to be worried either. The Lass caters for you all, with the snug or upstairs rooms available to book if your event clashes with The Manchester derby for example. I have seen supporters groups as wide ranging as Manchester QPR supporters (who have made the pub a regular watering hole, to lovers of Gaelic Football and more. All this alongside a regular helping of locals that cover most demographics, which always makes for a good atmosphere. Whether youre a fan of real ale, poncy lagers or good food, the Lass is well worth a visit.
simodski - 4 Aug 2009 20:23
A very decent pub that manages to appeal to many different types of pub-goer: real ale, football, video games, food, music, students, bbc workers, etc. I particularly liked the small square room off the main bar. It's was a quiet cosy retreat (when I was there), in the traditional style, books lining the walls etc, but the original artwork of comic book illustrators on display was truly excellent. Well done The Lass for really making the effort and using some imagination. I wish more pubs could be like this. 9/10
beer_hedgehog - 31 Jul 2009 22:23
This is the "HQ" of the Manchester QPR FC supporters group and yes being a Manc R I am bound to be biased!

Gareth is a superb "host" and provides a very welcoming atmosphere. There is always a good range of Ales(and soft drinks!) and the food on offer I have always found to be very tasty.

Big thumbs up from me!
kerrins - 31 Jul 2009 14:21
The Lass is one of the great city boozers, that somehow manages to feel cosy, friendly and welcoming despite being a city centre pub. Always seems to be very busy when I go there, proving that I'm not the only one who thinks like this. The ales are kept in fine condition, and there is enough variation to keep the connoisseur interested. There are the usual staple beers and wines, with friendly staff always willing to help out. The food is great pub fayre, hitting just the right spot.

There is a good mix of space, with a standing area near the bar, a few trestle tables that is great for eating or group get-togethers, a snug for even cosier tete-a-tetes and an outside area for the ciggie crowd or those just wanting some fresh air.

The pub landlord seems to be keen on making a lot of events for the punters and visitors, with everything from retro computer gaming to sports events being covered. With the kind of variety on offer, it leads me to believe that The Lass management not only know how to keep a city centre pub viable, but also how to entertain and amuse their vistors beyond the usual boozing.

I've been to many pubs over the years, but this one holds up more than any other because it feels like a community and thus home. I hope they go from strength to strength, well done!
Charlie.Croker - 31 Jul 2009 11:28
I have registered with this site specifically to say how unimpressed I was with this pub. I've just paid 3.20 for a pint of Guiness which was the worst I have had in Manchester and the most expensive too. I also noticed that Greene King IPA is being sold for 2.80 which is just being plain greedy. From the outside this pub looks fantastic but I agree entirely with Sharp that the keyboards on the walls are absurb and there is a very poor choice of drinks. Take a walk past by all means but please don't stop off
YoungSoulRebel - 13 Jul 2009 13:58
Oh, and I forgot to mention the heavenly house brew Bettys Best at a bargainous 2.15 a pint!
mikebassett - 29 Apr 2009 12:50
What a lovely pub! Nice staff, intriguing decor, fabulous range of ale and the pies! Truly the best in Manchester...
mikebassett - 29 Apr 2009 12:49
Called in again on Saturday, much better range of beers on this time with 7 of the handpumps in use. Had Allgates Jabba The Hop and Howard Town Wren's Nest. Both were good. Keep it going guys!
ROBCamra - 30 Mar 2009 14:20
I was very unimpressed with this pub. Its a mess inside, too much clutter and it doesn't really know what it wants to be. They seem to be desperate to appeal to the students and these space invader tables and keyboards on the walls look ridiculous. Seating is very poor with the majority of it being stools and benches with no tables. When I visited there were no guest ales on (advertised as being a reasonable 2.40) so I had to settle for a 2.85 pint of Olde Trip, which to its credit was in reasonable condition but isn't something I would buy out of choice. Also on were Black Sheep and Greene King IPA both also at 2.85 which is too expensive, especially given the pubs location. The food was extortinate too, but I didn't partake. Not worth going out of your way for.
Sharp - 7 Mar 2009 12:54
Good service, good ale, great decor (old Space Invaders, Spectrums, Amigas, Atari ST screwed to the wall etc.), good pies, plenty of space.
smasher123 - 20 Feb 2009 14:41
There's good pub food available here, but the main attractions are the ales (which have always been in excellent form on my visits) and the traditional features of the building itself. It does get busy, but there's usually a corner on which to perch. If the guest ales do not attract then you can't beat a good pint of Black Sheep.
fromedrinker - 10 Feb 2009 22:18
Lovely old pub. Good selection of real ales on offer. They claim to do the best pies in Manchester and I have to agree. Sporting events on big screen.
Chubbyduck - 8 Feb 2009 20:57
Traditional olde worldy pub with a mix of modern and trendy, good ales on tap and some cool decor, Jabba The Hutt behind the bar, always seems overly busy though, I'm not one for beating his way to the bar past a multitude of elbows.
ToxtethOGrady - 1 Feb 2009 00:06
It's probably a bit longer since I was last in the Lass than I thought as I don't remember the Space Invaders tables (on the other hand I might not have been paying attention last time). I do realise that it's difficult to keep the supply line running all the time and I was probably just unlucky the last twice I've been in. I also know that Howard Town brewery has been known to have consistency problems. I'll be in again soon for another try.
ROBCamra - 8 Jan 2009 09:42
Heh! You wags! I'm a pourous limestone fan too myself, hailing from Llandudno.
Lassogowrie - 7 Jan 2009 23:05
HI - Lass O'Gowrie here.

I'm sorry there was a reduced availability of ale on your recent visit. This is something we do periodically at very quiet periods like the 1st week of January and is as much for the quality of our ale as for very sensible financial reasons, which trust me are very sensible things to do in a) the current financial climate and b) a high cost, capital intensive industry such as pubs.

I'm sorry you didn't feel your pint was as well kept as usual. All I can say is that we do the same as we always have in terms of cellar procedure and cleaning, processing in excess of 1500 casks PA. Of course, what we don't do is brew it so occasionally, the final product is not always exactly the same. The perils of dealing in live produce I guess, as opposed to pasteurised products like lager and nitrokeg stuff.

Our deliveries are most concentrated once a week and we have to guestimate what to order based on what we have, how we did in the same week the previous year, what we have coming up and other factors you'd be amazed at. It is, of course a tricky science that we get right 95% of the time, but it only takes a few surges or missed bits off deliveries (more common than you'd realise) and it becomes more tricky for the odd day. This becomes even more difficult over Christmas with deliveries and ordering badly affecting availabilty and slots at a time when things are very unpredictable.

The table video games have been in situ for nearly 12 months and the 'rock' photo exhibition by Karen McBryde nearly 15 months so I can onls assume it has been a while since your previous visit.

Kind regards

The Lass
Lassogowrie - 7 Jan 2009 20:28
10 handpumps, only 3 beers on tap, all the rest turned round. Either I'm really unlucky or this place is always like that these days. It certainly didn't use to be. When asked the barmaid said "we're waiting for a delivery". This was exactly what I was told last time I was in. Has changed a bit recently and has old Space Invader machines as tables and new band/singer photo's on the walls. The pint I had, Glossop Monks Gold, was OK but not kept as well as it used to be. It was reasonably busy for early evening so it could certainly support more than 3 beers. Sort out the ordering guys!
ROBCamra - 5 Jan 2009 16:16
Just off Oxford Road. Visited saturday pm. Always a great place to watch football and they have a good selection of real ales too. Tends to get busy but you can usually find a seat.
argy - 15 Oct 2008 18:04
An excellent back street boozer with a stupidly attractive exterior. Inside it's noisy, fun and has old arcade games you seem to have to book in order to be able to play on them. Lots of intersting litle rooms and no disappointment when it comes to the ales that are available.
Dave_the_Bee - 9 Sep 2008 00:39
Fine street corner local close to Oxford Road and the University.

Note in particular the fine tiled exterior and the large whiskey barrels above the bar.

Despite noticeable internal alterations and opening out, the pub retains a traditional feel, particularly a small cosy snug at the rear of the pub.

The pub claims to make the best pies in Manchester, a claim I was unable to put to the test on my recent Sunday lunchtime visit.

Despite the 10 handpumps, only 3 beers were on when I visited, of which the Longdendale Lights from the Glossop Brewery went down well. I gather there are usually 5-6 ales on.

The pub offers occasional music nights and is starting a monthly comedy night from November.

The pub is hosting its own Oktoberfest celebrations in October between 21-27 October, featuring German food and an Oompah band.

Not a must visit pub, but well worth making the effort to find when in Manchester
JohnBonser - 29 Aug 2008 12:28
Now with an outside seating area literally on to of the Medlock. A friendly welcome and the ales were in very good nick with prices were reasoable for this area. Well worth a visit.
wobblybob - 15 Aug 2008 12:50
20 of us met in here for a Spurs game at man.city last season from as far afield as Belfast, Newcastle and London. We went in there on a recommendation and it didnt disappoint. Will be back as soon as Spurs are.
nickthefish - 24 Jul 2008 08:31
For what used to be a very hit-and-miss affair it's improved vastly. The environment has always been its selling point and, weekends apart, it's always been a comfortable experience but you could be playing Russian roulette with the beers. Not anymore. There's nearly always something adventurous in the real ale line and, if nothing there's to your taste, there are plenty of alternatives. Good selection of whisky, too.
EFC1878 - 24 Jul 2008 01:48
I criticise this pub on 25th March, and have been back twice since and it is back on track as a superb boozer!
Good range of beers this time, Black Sheep, Deuchers IPA, and Brains Bitter all tried two pints of each and bob on! Star product though Bank Top Mild, fantastic. I don't drink mild normally but had to stay for 3 pints.
Food back on and delicious.
Fantastic to report the pub is back up there and the pubs comments about my march visit appreciated.
Well done "Lass" lads and lasses!
AlRobis - 6 Jul 2008 08:26
Lovely pub just off the main stretch in Manchester City centre. Have 10 hand pulls for cask ale. unfortuately only had 3 on Friday and 4 on Saturday. Still the Black Sheep on Sat was very nice and the Vixen wasn't bad on Friday, limited supply apparently caused be deleivery problems while they build the balcony! The Steak and Black Sheep Ale pie was very nice as was the Stilton and Bacon sandwich. Great little pub with a lot of character.
stevane - 21 Jun 2008 23:53
I have been in this fine pub many times and although I don't drink beer myself, my partner has enjoyed sampling the many varieties & watching all manner of sport on the several screens. The food is splendid and I particularly recommend the 'best bloody pies in Manchester' as they are advertised! And they certainly are! I would say this pub is cosy and quirky with friendly management, customers and staff and one that you could easily spend a few hours chilling in. Also recommend the comedy nights on first Saturdays of the month,which are a night out in itself and are even free! A highly rated pub!
MissTea - 21 Apr 2008 18:39
Basil and myself regularly visit this splendid pub; whilst I am tucking into my gin and food, Basil is checking out the many traditional ales (and probably the bar staff too, the scamp!) and is highly complimentary.

When matches are on, it is a little busy for A Lady such as myself, so I go to lunch at Napoleons whilst Basil does his male bonding thing.
RosemaryAndBasil - 11 Apr 2008 14:33
Beautiful tiled exterior but the interior appears reconstructed:-somewhat reminiscent of 1980's theme pubs except I don't know what the theme is here with sripped back brick walls and strange curtain partitions!!. A ramshackle mass of stools and tables and 'orrible leatherette settee add to the confusion. BUT I am being very picky. The bar area is nice enough and I like the bare wood floorboards throughout. Good range of real ales and I particularly enjoyed "lass" which is presumably brewed on the premises.Steak and ale pie reasonably priced, served in a respectable time and saved my life after a long day of touring around.In spite of my reservations about the interior, this is a good real ale pub with a character of its own, and I think it would be best enjoyed for a session with a couple of mates. I think it appeals to a wide age range :no doubt popular with the students and real ale drinking UMIST alumni of a "certain age" (like me, isn't it!!).
tarkatherotter - 7 Apr 2008 21:24
Hi - Lass O'Gowrie here!

I'm presuming you visited on Bank Holiday Monday, when we took advantage of one of the quietest days of the year (with no offices, University or football) to undertake a deep clean of the kitchen and get some vital maintenance in at the same time - something we clearly can't do at the same time as cook unless we invite the fairies in after midnight....

Ale-wise we were running lower than we would have liked (four were on that day, as opposed to our usual nine) which was purely down to our usual delivery being delayed by 4 days due to the Easter Bank Holidays.

Please feel free to give us a whirl again in the future! Best - the Lass...
Lassogowrie - 27 Mar 2008 00:25
What's happened to the Lass? is it going down hill. As a regular visitor have raved about this place for years but on last few visits, poor range of handpulls (2 max) and food not available (kitchen maintenance, hmm convenient excuse for no staff?)
AlRobis - 25 Mar 2008 12:31
Still does not disappoint. A grand chicken, bacon and musroom pie for lunch and bags of choice on the pumps. Lots on too by the look of it including music, comedy nights and an intriging computer club. Add in some very ecclectic art from Karen McBride and vintage arcade machines and we have a winner. Confident, classic and not stuffy with a nice mix of punters! Nice....
greatzini - 27 Feb 2008 23:58
Real Ale! Ade SAlmon art! Bloody tasty pies! Heavenly.....
Morgus - 3 Dec 2007 00:21
Hit and miss pub whenever I have visited. Have been turned away before as pub was full once! Watched a cup final in their once and the atmosphere was electric. Usually plenty of real ales on but quality can be variable. Worth a visit
bloomfieldjpm - 18 Nov 2007 06:52
On Sunday we randomly walked in on Nintendo heaven! All the old skool consoles, NES, SNES, N64, Game Cube set up in one room with a massive selection of games to choose from, all free. How good is that?! Speaking to the enthusiastic organiser, apparently there are similar Sega & Sony nights planned for future Sundays.

This innovation took my attention away from the pub somewhat. It's clearly geared up for students & has a selection of up to 8 ales, including a very nice Lass O'Gowrie house beer.
young_camra_collectiv - 6 Nov 2007 17:55
This is still one of the best options on the border between city and university in Manchester. Not what it was, creeping elements of chaindom having blunted its edges, the location still makes it an excellent stopping off point before a chicken kebab at legendary Abdul's south along Oxford Road.
BoehmBawerk - 13 Aug 2007 22:14
Actually about 20 years ago they did really good cheese and pate in this pub, not that I remember, somebody told me LOL!!
jodiefence - 21 Jun 2007 11:05
OK, OK, my spelling was pretty bad there. However I spell great on a full, satisfied stomach.....
andrewerdinger - 20 Jun 2007 16:26
Yep, don't order the ploughmans! and if you want roast potatos - forget it!
Never again hey J?
andrewerdinger - 20 Jun 2007 16:16
Arghhh, don't order the ploughmans!! Eh Andy? x
jodiefence - 20 Jun 2007 15:47
This pub has got even better. Tonight they had at least 9 real ales. Friendly bar staff and good atmosphere. Does anyone remember BIG Ron 'bojangles' Atkinson pulling the first pint 1985ish? John Mon
JohnMonaghan - 26 Feb 2007 00:01
Terrific pub with a mixed crowd. Excellent food, and staff with a clear intention of making your visit as enjoyable as possible.

P.S. I hope Tony Wilson gets well soon. If it wasn't for him, we'd never have had Joy Division/New Order and the Happy Mondays.
fairport79 - 16 Feb 2007 00:43
Plesant and youthful proper pub with very decent beer range & quality, looks a bit jaded but probably only in comparison with nearby bars
mtaylor40 - 8 Feb 2007 16:52
Saw Tony Wilson in here on Saturday.
Nige - 23 Oct 2006 13:41
Fantastic basis for a good boozer, just a bit sticky and jaded when I was last there. Needs a good clean. Barman a bit dozy, but it was midnight.
bulky - 30 Jul 2006 22:10
Great pub this with its own brewery (which you can actually see) the food is very reasonably priced as well.Aslo Knobhead free.
Rameses - 30 Jul 2006 15:53
Effing smashing atmosphere for the world cup. None of the Engerland yobs, but people from all over the globe. As it should be. Big love!
anonymous - 20 Jun 2006 17:33
Beer is often very good here but too many veggies! that's a serious complaint. veggies are really dull!
BeerKing - 3 Jun 2006 23:08
Great pub located just around the corner from the BBC. When I worked in Manchester Uni this was a regular haunt. Great choice of cask beers and well kept. Food also very good and reasonably price + sky sport and a small non smoking room. Thanks for many good times!!
sstephan - 25 May 2006 13:23
Since my review I have been contacted by Gareth the owner who has taken some of my comments on board regarding the table layout and "veggie" menu. It's good to see pub management that responds quickly to any constructive criticism and with my adverse comments now addressed, another notch up on the rating is very much merited. Hopefully I can return in the not too distant future to get another fix of the Lass Ale.
RogerB - 7 Apr 2006 09:51
I have noticed this pub several times in various Pub Guides and conveniently found myself in the area. Behind the Victorian tiled faade, the pub opens up into a bit of a mixed bag of styles, 3 or 4 rooms all knocked about leaving a mass of beams, pillars and stripped backed brickwork. I found the interior very badly laid out and it was a struggle to reach the bar even though it was not that busy far too many tables in the immediate bar area. Away from the bar there are several large tables that create bottlenecks and make moving around the pub almost impossible. Good for watching sport they have multiple screens and also show Prem Plus games. The main draw here is the beers at least 5 Real ales including their own Lass Ale brewed in their own brewery (I noted Old Speckled Hen, Black Sheep, Green King IPA and Abbots among the other beers but didnt notice what they do by way of bottled beers). The bar is surrounded by a dozen or so large empty barrels and there are several informative Manchester Heritage pictures on the walls for those interested in the local area. A reasonable menu but strict veggies beware - they include prawn, chicken and tuna dishes in their vegetarian range. Overall a bit disappointing given its reputation but I did not notice any other decent looking pubs on my walk down Oxford Road to the Academy so I am sure I will be using it again some day.
RogerB - 4 Apr 2006 10:23
Just want to say a big thankyou to Landlord Gareth and all his staff for making an already fabulous girlie weekend all the more enjoyable. Whilst stumbling across this pub on a very wet and cold Manchester day we could not have been made to feel more welcome even though there were 21 of us, nothing was too much trouble right down to opening especially for a much needed full english brekkie to a full Sunday Roast the day after. Was like a home from home. Excellent food, excellent service. Would recommend this pub to anyone.
JulieS - 14 Mar 2006 19:31
Went on a girlie weekend for a friends 40th and this was the first pub we went in. The food was excellent and Gareth and his staff were all very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Top Marks!!
anonymous - 13 Mar 2006 12:15
Great interior to the pub makes a change from all the modern looking bars that have the same colour charts. Having real ale is a bonus as well. Good pub to watch the footie as it doesn't get overcrowed with drunken hooligans. Can be busy though but not rowdy.
True_Manc - 13 Jan 2006 15:59
Great pub - usually half-a-dozen real ales, lively mixed clientele, and although it's not a sports dominated pub it is a good city-centre bet for a lively atmosphere when there's a big match on telly. Home brew beers and lovely tiled exterior.
NellySays - 10 Jan 2006 21:46
I used to go in here afore my International Business Lectures to see the Lecturer have his pre-talk stiffener.

"So today the theory of Trade,...........so,.....Scotland is good at producing whiskey,......so,....Scotland Produces Whiskey,..........Cuba on the other hand produces the most marvellous Rum,.........so,.....Cuba produces Rum,.........oh what wonderful stuff it is,...have you ever had it,.........its the most gorgeous,....Sorry,.....im digressing,..........where was i...............?.........oh yes,.......trade..."
kmcs - 23 Nov 2005 15:50
This is a sound pub, located right by the uni but not too studenty. They're got a good quiz on one night, plus good ale.
OldRogue - 22 Nov 2005 16:04
Real victorian gem. This, along with the Marble arch is the best Pub in town. Its a nice refreshing change from all the studenty or chavvy rubbish round about. A grand selection of beers and a nice traditional interior! They dont come much better!
bensonby - 22 Nov 2005 15:28
This pub has to be the best in Manchester. Next to BBC, and a short walk from pretentious loud city centre bars that are a disgrace to the name.
zagreb - 20 Nov 2005 20:05
This pub is truly one of Manchester's finest. Great for watching the football or just popping in for a cheeky half! The staff always look after me and the ale selection is second to none. The chavs can keep their chrome effect style bars!!
greekmund - 3 Aug 2005 11:26
This pub really is up there with the finest in Manchester. A Victorian gem from Manchester's past, the Lass stands nearly alone in a sea of faceless, charcterless style bars and cheap offer-led drinking factories that now predominate in the city. My fave bits include an amazing array of ales (up to 10 at any one time), cosy atmosphere of the non-smoking snug, nice whiskies, lovely staff (don't know how it was a few years ago, but they look after me when I go in), board games and lots of sport on the big screen. Oh and the punters are a nice crowd with no chavs in sight!
greatzini - 23 Jul 2005 14:34
I liked this pub, the food was nice and there was a good selection of good real ales.
Muzthing - 7 Mar 2005 15:27
I agree with 'anonymous' about the untrained bar staff, a smile and a please and thank you would be nice. It recently had what I understand is called a sensitive makeover but they took away some of the Lass' charachter from 'LOG' beers below stairs to the hop sacks on the ceiling. Check out the blue plaque on the riverside wall.
Dr Piffy - 12 Oct 2004 10:45
One of the very best pubs in Manchester - right up there with the City Arms and the Briton's Protection. Typically four or five real ales to choose from, and constantly changing.
chris - 9 Jan 2004 17:37
Its a nice cosy pub, close to Manchester city centre but not too packed out. Good meeting place :o)
Andi Ellwood - Andrew.ellwood@furniture123.co.uk - 18 Dec 2003 09:36
Was enjoying being in the pub with a group of friends. However, the experience was spoiled by how rude and discourteous the staff were. Not the friendliest pub in Manchester by any means....
anonymous - 18 Nov 2003 12:05
Miss the "home brewed" stuff and tend to avoid the place in term time due to its proximity to the University.
On the other hand, it's kept its character and old/homely feel while still serving a range of decent beers.
Ironically it's really hard to get a decent pint of Boddingtons in Manchester these days
boddies_drinker - 8 Oct 2003 15:28
Used to the best beer in town when they brewed their own but they don't anymore. Still pretty good for ale though.
Nick - 8 Oct 2003 12:42
good real ale
anonymous - 23 Sep 2003 15:14
Draught real ales are usually on form and varying. You may get a beer you have not had before in here. Is much improved from how it used to be when their house produced beers 'LOG 38 ' & 'LOG 42' , I think they were called, were quite thin and of poor quality. Apparently they have re-formulated them now, though on my 2 visits over the Christmas period, no house beers were on. Are they still brewing them? Does anybody know?
frank - 4 Mar 2003 20:22
It's a bit dark and dingy. Always packed. Decent beers though.
Nige - 4 Feb 2003 13:32
The "World Famous" Lass O'Gowrie is a proper, traditional style establishment slap bang in the centre of Manchester. It's not huge, but it's never crammed to bursting either. A decent selection of real ales is always available, including Black Sheep, and there are usually a bunch of guest ales too. There's some kind of microbrewery thing downstairs, too, but I don't know if it still works.
Chris - 28 Jan 2003 19:48

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