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Crown and Anchor, Manchester

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A friendly enough pub but one that had me feeling a bit edgy. Not a fan of pubs as day care centres, and there were a couple of children loose in the bar. With its slightly seedy appearance & some dodgy customers I was surprise to be charged 3.85 for a passable pint of Doom Bar, the most I paid in a pub in Manchester this visit.
Queenslander - 12 Sep 2016 23:08
Couldn't get in the Port Street Beer House after visiting the Manchester Arena so came in here instead. A more prosaic range of ales - I had the Hobgoblin for £3.55 (on the good side of average) with Timothy Taylor Landlord, Robinsons Trooper and Deuchars IPA also on sale. Its the sort of pub where you have one in then move on.
paul_d102 - 8 Feb 2015 20:54
I didn't expect this part of town to be busy, but was a fair crowd in early on Saturday evening when I visited. There was a selection of real ale and I had the Dizzy Blonde which was served in a branded pint glass with the Dizzy Blonde logo. I'm easily pleased perhaps. Pleasant enough interior, as others have said not the traditional interior you might expect when looking at the place from the outside, but I don't think the pub is any worse for that - it is certainly not pretentious. The music was perhaps a little on the loud side considering it was only early - amusingly there is a sign behind the door reminding the staff to turn the volume up on Friday and Saturday nights, so we at least know the staff do as they are told! I'd be happy to call in here again but perhaps wouldn't make a special trip. Very close to the Port Street Beer House which itself is well worth a visit.
RealAleRobUK - 22 Oct 2013 18:29
A handy pub somewhat hidden a little off the beaten track, but only a short walk from Piccadilly Station or Piccadilly Gardens. While not a traditional interior, it's a friendly pub. 4 cask ales available, some were decent although one was a bit warm, presumably stood in the line a while.
Worth a visit.
alexw - 10 Apr 2013 18:11
very attractive looking from the outside with plenty of hanging baskets and other floral displays,however inside is not the traditional type boozer i was expecting.its very synthetic and trying a bit too much at being trendy.three handpumps featured spitfire,deuchars ipa and t t landlord(3.05)which i opted for a rather cloudy pint of.barlady was friendly enough but the pub was very quiet for a Sunday lunchtime,6/10
fat_beer_badger - 4 Sep 2011 13:55
I was in Manchester on tuesday evening and tried to find a decent pub before I went to the University Stident to see a couple of bands. Regretably I found the Crown & Anchor. I had already been to 2 other pubs in the centre of Manchester and they were rubbish, so I thought the Crown & Anchor would be OK. it looks like a nice traditional boozer from the outside but inside it is totally different.

Timothy Taylor Landlord was off, Deuchers IPA was on but I don't like it so asked for a bog standard pint of Strongbow. 3.10, yes 3.10 for a pint of Strongbow. Two guys sat at the bar even commented on what a rip off that was - I'll repeat - 3.10 for a pint of Strongbow.

The interior of this pub (if that's what you want to call it) is fake leather chairs and mock tudor wallpaper. They were playing VERY LOUD dance/pop music while on the 50 inch flat screen they were showing Deal Or No Deal also with the sound on the TV turned up. When Deal Or No Deal had finished they turned the music down and turned the volume of the TV up for the Granada News programme.

A dog was barking very loudly and runing through the pub/dump. A fruit machine was flashing in the corner by a group of chavs playing at a pool table.

Basically - stay away from this place. 3.10 for a pint of watered down Strongbow in the centre of Manchester.

I still haven't found a decent pub in Manchester - can anyone help!?
mattbeer - 13 Mar 2009 02:00
Used to be a proper ale house with loads of changing guest ales. Still has real ale on but the offerings are all safe, tried and tested regulars now. It's still an OK place to go, but has bouncers on whenever there's a match on at City and at weekends. It never used to need those. Not the force it once was.
ROBCamra - 27 Jan 2009 12:04
My preferred Crown and Anchor in Manchester. Nice interior and mixed clientele, but off the beaten track so not too packed or full of posers. Pool table and 3-4 decent- if unadventurous- real ales. Frequently had buffts giving away free sandwiches and pies- yum!
Carlurmston - 19 Aug 2008 22:43
This pub is tucked away off the main drag but has a pool table good jukebox and friendly staff. Superb for England matches at either Old Trafford or City of Manchester Stadiums. Does get busy on footy days though. Does do food looks good but never eaten.
ChelseaJA - 13 Jun 2005 02:10

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