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ChrisP87 is a civil servant who grew up in London and currently lives in Leeds. His introduction to ale came at Sheffield University thanks to his BITE sidekick (and beer consumer of industrial quantities) Sharp, who dragged him to the Kelham Island Tavern every monday. He considers himself something of a film buff, and also enjoys hip-hop, travel and cricket. He does not normally address himself in the third person.

Favourite pubs: The Kelham Island Tavern (Sheffield), Mr Foley's Cask Ale House (Leeds), The White Horse (Parsons Green, London), The Fly in the Loaf (Liverpool) and The Devonshire Cat (Sheffield)

Username: ChrisP87

Age: 30

Sex: male

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Simple, Manchester

Fairly bland cafe-bar on the edge of Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter. My first stop on a mini-crawl, it has no ale and insists on table service, which I find quite inconvenient and means I get my pint about ten minutes after I've ordered it, which isn't really what I look for in a pub. Staropramen (3.70) was my choice. Not offensive, by any means, but not memorable and I pushed off fairly swiftly. Alongside nearby Apotheca is a venue for the upcoming Manchester Comedy Festival.

13 Oct 2010 15:52

Odd Bar, Manchester

Odd Bar is part of a small Manchester grouping (alongside Odder, on Oxford Road, and Oddest, in Chorlton). I've been to Odder, and against my better judgement always thought it was quite reasonable, stocking a couple of decent ales. There was just one in Odd on my visit - Abbeydale Aledritch (2.95) which was in fair nick. Odd is in much the same vein as its little sister, with bright colours, funky lighting and a vaguely scruffy film-poster decor. Its not bad, and probably one of the better ones in this part of Manchester city centre, but I think I prefer Odder, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

13 Oct 2010 15:50

The English Lounge, Manchester

A shame, this, as I clearly just wandered in at the wrong time (early evening on a Monday). There are six handpumps but every single one was off, as the barman told me with a shrug "well, we ran out at the weekend". Fair enough, obviously a popular place, but lots of pubs do a brisk trade over the weekend and manage to replenish their stocks fairly quickly. So my rating could have been higher - as it is, its quite a nice place to sit, with dark wood, bookshelves, attractive little booths and leather sofas. Appears to have a good reputation for its food as well; Only disappointing my craving for a decent pint went unsatisfied.

13 Oct 2010 15:46

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ChrisP87 has been registered on this site since 25th April 2008