Cider Pub Guide to Lancashire and Greater Manchester

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The guide to pubs selling Real Cider in Lancashire and Greater Manchester. 46 entries so far...

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Cider Pubs in Greater Manchester

Bolton

Known locally as "t'cider'ouse", Serves cold Thatchers cloudy Cider and the industrial Magners on draught in large quantities, plus a wide selection of other ciders and perries. Was first built in 12th century and some beams and part of the cellar date from this time. The seventh Earl of Derby was beheaded in front of the pub.

Bury

  • Automatic Cafe, Market Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0BW. Tel: (0161) 763 9399.

Hallet's Cider.

  • Hare & Hounds, 400 Bolton Road West, Holcombe Brook, Bury, Lancashire, BL0 9RY. Tel: (01706) 822107.

Hartland's Farmhouse Cider 6.5%.

Manchester

  • Sand Bar, 120 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL. Tel: (0161) 273 1552.

Hallet's Cider.

  • The Knott Bar, 374 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY. Tel: (0161) 839 9229.

Always(?) has at least one cider or perry, sometimes two. Last week had Broadoak Moonshine and Hecks Perry. Previously had Essence of Viagra and many others! Also do good food, and brew their own beer. Part of a chain (Marble Brewery) with other sites in Manchester. UPDATE: Visited early October 2006. No cider at present, looking into stocking again in the future if considered viable. Still good food & beer though!

  • The Crown & Kettle, Oldham Road, Manchester, M4 5FE. Tel (0161) 236 2923.

On the corner of Oldham Street and Great Ancoats Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Selling Sam's Cider and will be rotating ciders in the future. Reopened in October 2005 after being closed for 20 years. The Crown and Kettle was a renowned journalists' haunt in its heyday, being sited next to the former Daily Express building. Will be a great success when finding a successor to Philip Mead.

  • Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH. Tel: (0161) 2287621.

Hallet's Cider is available in the cafe bar.

  • Bar Fringe, 8 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JN. Tel: (0161) 835 3815.

Characterful, friendly pub specialising in Belgian beers, but with Thatchers Cheddar Valley from a polypin on the bar, and bottled Thatchers in the fridge. Just a few yards from the Crown & Kettle (above).

  • The Ox, 71 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4NQ. Tel: (0161) 839 7760.

Lively pub opposite the Museum of Science and Industry (and convenient for the canal basin and Youth Hostel). Westons Old Rosie.

  • Unicorn Grocery, 89 Albany Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0BN. Tel: (0161) 861 7675.

No a pub, but "Manchester's co-operative grocery" does sell Westons, Dunkertons, Sheppys, Heron Valley and some Normandy ciders.

  • The Water House, 67 - 71 Princes Street, Manchester, M2 4EG. Tel: 0161 200 5380.

Wetherspoon with Old Rosie.

  • Wetherspoons, 49 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AP. Tel: (0161) 236 9206.

Busy Wetherspoon on Piccadilly Gardens with bottled Westons.

  • The Paramount, 36 - 38 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 4BH. Tel: (0161) 2331820.

Was flagged to be DELISTED as "no longer has Old Rosie" but need confirmation as this is unusual for a Wetherspoon. Is it perhaps a Lloyds No 1? May even call myself and check. CiderMike 09:30, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

  • The Briton's Protection, Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE. Tel: (0161) 2365895.

Westons Old Rosie. Ordinary looking pub with fascinating interior - passage and back rooms look unchanged since 1930. Close to Deansgate station & G-Max tram stop. Good stopping-off point while walking along the historic Rochadale & Bridgewater canals. Storytelling session 1st Fri of each month except Jan 8:00pm.

  • The Metropolitan, 2 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2WS. Tel: (0161) 438 2332.

[[Weston's Traditional Scrumpy on April 26th 2012. CiderMike 15:35, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

Stockport

See Cider Pub Guide to Cheshire at present.

Wigan

  • The Boulevard 17-19 Wallgate, Wigan, England. A bar that sells atleast 2 rotating Gwynt y Draig's

Cider Pub of the Year 2011 with 2 real ciders on draught, 6 in bottles, plus a French Cider, Normandy cider. They also hold an annual cider festival every August Bank Holiday weekend, featuring over 16 different ciders from all over the country. They are also dealing with local cider producers, Eddisbury Cheshire farm cider, Lancashire cider from Lancaster and Dove Syke Ribble Valley Gold.

Cider Pubs in Lancashire

Accrington

  • Brooks Club, Infant Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1DZ. Tel: (01254) 234039.

Bowland

  • The Three Fishes, Mitton Road, Mitton, Nr. Whalley, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ. Tel: (01254) 826888.

A 400 year old pub in a lovely Ribble Valley village. Has bottled organic ciders and a very fine food menu.

Burnley

  • Bridge Bier Huis, 2 Bank Parade, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1UH. Tel: (01282) 411304.

Weston's Traditional Scrumpy on 16/7/11. CiderMike 13:11, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Chorley

  • The Top Lock, Copthurst Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 8LS. Tel: (01257) 263376.

On the Leeds-Liverpool canalside, ciders reported are Thatchers Gold and Pear cider on draught. Saxon Cider Ruby Tuesday, although this isn't a "real cider". 9 traditional ales are also available, Including a Mild and a Stout or Porter.

Clayton le Moors

  • The Albion Ale House, 243 Whalley Road, Clayton le Moors, Lancashire, BB5 5HD. Tel: (01254) 238585.

Darwen

  • Black Horse Hotel, 72 Redearth Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 2AF. Tel: (01254) 873040.
  • The Punch, 25 Chapels, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0EE. Tel: (01254) 702510.

Haslingden

  • The Griffin Inn, 84 Hudrake, Haslingden, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 5AF. Tel: (01706) 214021.

Lancaster

  • The Boot and Shoe, 171 Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4PU. Tel: (01524) 63011.

Another Mitchells pub trialing real cider from Westons. Suburban pub, situated alongside the A6 on the southern extremity of Lancaster. To quote from a CAMRA Lunesdale mailshot of 8/04/2009: "Zane and Beth of The Boot and Shoe have been in touch. By the time you read this, Weston's 1st Quality cider should be installed. The aim is to have a range of Weston's still "hand drawn" ciders available on a rotation basis. But, say Zane and Beth, it will all depend on how popular they turn out to be. So, cider fans, it's up to you! Get down to the Boot and show your enthusiasm!" Google map CAMRA Lunesdale review & pix

  • The Borough, (Independant), 3 Dalton Square, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1PP. Tel: (01524) 64170.

An independant pub reported by the local branch of CAMRA as selling Westons Old Rosie & Perry on 9.11.09. Good range of beers from local Lancashire breweries. From the Camra Lunesdale website: "An upmarket town house built in 1824 but with a Victorian frontage which became a club and then from 1993 to 2006 a youth-oriented drinking-shop. Now a pub which succeeds in appealing to both food-lovers and ale-lovers.The front area is like a gentlemen's club with deep-buttoned chairs, the large back room is a restaurant and the bar lies on a passage between. Behind lies an attractively-vegetated yard: above is a function room (an increasingly rare feature). One of those rare pubs where women feel safe going in on their own. Camra members get a 30p discount. Poker night Mon." Google map.

  • The Green Ayre, 61 North Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1LU. Tel: (01524) 585240.

A Wetherspoons pub selling Westons ciders in bag-in-box. Previously sold Old Rosie, now normally "Marcle Hill", though other Westons products may be available. Typical large Wetherspoon , with cheap drink and range of real ales. Atmosphere not to my taste: similar comments apply as to the "Richard Owen" below. Google Map.

  • The Penny Bank, 51 Penny Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1XF. Tel: (01524) 847666.

Formerly an old bank, originally converted into a bare brickwork and wooden floor style alehouse by the Hogshead chain ten years or so ago. Subsequent changes of ownership have seen the furnishings soften slightly (the sawdust has gone and some of the walls now have plaster), and the pub is now affiliated to the Tirrell Brewery (as is the White Cross). Sells Westons Old Rosie, and a changing range of five or so real ales from local and national brewers. On the town "circuit" so can get busy. Live music (rock/blues) Wednesdays. Google Map CAMRA Lunesdale review & pix

  • The Sir Richard Owen, (Wetherspoon), 4 Spring Garden Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1RQ. Tel: (01524) 541500.

Various Westons in bag in a box, normally Marcle Hill though others sometimes on sale, bottles include Weston's Organic, Sheppy's flagons, Thatcher's Perry. Large city centre pub, typical Wetherspoons' but with a slightly odd atmosphere. Has an uneasy mix of locals and students.Google Map

  • The Sun Inn and Bar, 63 - 65 Church Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1ET. Tel: (01524) 66006.

Popular multiple national-prize-winning pub owned by C2 Investments. Now selling a much reduced range of just a couple of "organic" bottled ciders. Possible candidate for delisting. Extensive range of beers (usually at least eight real ales),many brewed by the Lancaster Brewing Co (another C2i venture). Cut above the normal town centre pub, with a much better feel than most. Welcoming to women - both your hot girlfriend and your granny would feel safe and welcome here. Google map Lunesdale Camra review & pix

  • The White Cross, White Cross Ind Est, Quarry Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4XT. Tel: (01524) 33999.

Large canalside pub built into the former chemical warehouse of the Storey's wallcoverings business. Affiliated with the Tirrell Brewery. Extensive range of real ales, and has at least one cider from Westons. More details at the Camra Lunesdale site. Easiest access is from Quarry Road, though it can be reached along the towpath from Penny Bridge/South Road Google mapLunesdale Camra review & pix

  • The Yorkshire House, 2 Parliament Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1DB. Tel: (01524) 64679.

Basic pub popular with "yoof" "student" and 'alternative lifestyle' crowds owned by Mitchells. Alternates Westons Scrumpy, Old Rosie and Perry, sometimes two available. Also Stowford Press & Thatchers Gold. Usually four real ales available from regional brewers. Has a separate music room upstairs with good range of rock/blues/indie/folk/other bands several nights a week. Arguably best jukebox in town. Ribble Bus Preservation Society meet every wednesday.Yorkshire House entertainment programGoogle MapLunesdale Camra review & pix

  • Whale Tale Vegetarian Cafe, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1XN. Tel: (01524) 845133.

Sun 10:00am-4:00pm, Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, Sat 9:00am-5:00pm. The only vegetarian cafe in Lancaster.Cafe is on the first floor above Single Step Wholefood shop. There's a secluded patio garden out the back. Currently has bottled Dunkerton's Organic and Black Fox. Seats 60. Very child friendly - they have a dedicated kids' corner with toys and books, and a separate kids' menu. Google Map

  • Ye Olde John of Gaunt, 53 Market Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1JG. Tel: (01524) 65356.

Traditional town center pub which under a previous landlord was a mecca for real ale and jazz lovers. Standards suffered under the last management, but a recent change of hands promises a possible return to form. Two distinct clienteles: daytime a mix of shoppers and escapees from the local banks and offices. Evenings are an eclectic mix of real ale enthusiasts, music lovers, students and members of Lancaster's cosmopolitan nightlife. One of the few pubs in Lancaster which has not suffered the vandalism of the brewery developers. Westons cider occasionally available on a "guest ale" basis alongside three or four real ales Google mapCAMRA Lunesdale web page

  • Graduate College Bar, Graduate College, Alexandra Park, Bailrigg, Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1. Tel: (01524) 592824.

During term time normally has at least one hand-pulled cider from Westons, and one other from "where ever he can get it". A visit on 12/2/09 found Westons Country Perry and Thatchers Cheddar Valley cider, along with four real ales from various microbreweries. A repeat visit on 11/03/09 had Thatchers Cheddar Valley & Traditional Medium, Moles Black Rat, Westons 1st Quality Cider & Perry. All this during a real ale "Dark Ale" festival. Now usually selling at least one of the Gwynnt y Ddraig ciders. Annual cider and perry festival is held on the last weekend of October.

The following is taken from the Lunesdale Camra site at http://www.lunesdalecamra.org.uk/pubsetc/pub.php?pub=221 "A modern student bar, more like a pub than most, with a better beer range and (as the name suggests) the age-range is slightly higher than in most. Some undergraduates drink here as well since the choice of beer is so much better here than in most of the other campus bars. Only University members, staff, guests and people carrying a Good Beer Guide served" (Note I've yet to see anyone chucked out of the Uni bars for not being members unless their behaviour was bad) Open 7(6 Fri, 8 Sun)-11. Vacation: 8-11 Mon - Sun.

  • Furness Collge Bar, Furness College, Bailrigg, Lancaster.

Student bar embedded within the buildings of Furness College. Only open to University members, staff and guests. Sells a good range of real ales and Westons Old Rosie. Anybody wishing to visit the bar is best advised to travel by bus: Stagecoach Lancaster services 2, 2A, 3 & 4 to the Underpass and walk from there (and TRY to look like a student...)

Rochdale

  • The Baum, 33 - 37 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0NU. Tel: (01706) 352186.

Weston's Traditional Scrumpy and Hornbeam Light Peach & Pear on 15/04/12 CiderMike 18:47, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Morecambe

  • The Eric Bartholomew, 10 – 18 Euston Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5DD. Tel: (01524) 405860.

Typical large town centre Wetherspoons with little in the way of atmosphere. Westons Old Rosie, Scrumpy and Organic in polypin kept in bottle fridge, bottles include Weston's Organic, Sheppy's flagons, Thatcher's Perry. Google Map

  • The Smugglers Den, (Punch) 56 Poulton Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5HB. Tel: (01524) 421684.

Westons Traditional Scrumpy on handpump. Westons Vintage in bottles. Normally four real ales (varying range), Cask Marque approved. 17th Century nautically themed locals pub in "Poulton-le-Sands" - the original historic village of Morecambe. Basic pub with stone flag floors and maritime artifacts, (well-behaved) dogs welcome. CAMRA members get a discount on production of membership cards. Google Map Camra Lunesdale review & pictures

  • The Ranch House, Marine Road West, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4DG. Tel: (01524) 831531.

Recently has started selling real cider alongside its everchanging range of real ales. In recent weeks products from Westons and Thatchers have been available, with Mole's and Gwynt y Ddraig on order for the coming weeks. The pub is located on the sea-front in Morecambe's west-end. The following is taken from the CAMRA Lunesdale site: "Four ever-changing brews; could be anything, but nearer breweries are favoured: Lancaster and/or Brysons often feature. Seafront bar, timber-built in 1930, formerly part of the Frontierland amusement park, with a wild-west theme, hence the name, but this bar is not heavily themed inside. Having its own entrance on the public road, it has been spared while most of the site has been flattened. A stage, TVs all over, but against all expectation, three feet of the very long bar has four handpumps. One end has direct access to a slot-machine arcade, the other has pub games. Outside are picnic-style tables. The bar has an ill-defined family area: a big screen shows football when available. A very lively pub at weekends. Outside is a covered and heated smoking area. Quiz Mon, DJ Fri, Sat. Opening hours 11.00am - 12.00pm"

Preston

  • The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP. Tel: (01772) 499425.

Just outside town near the River Ribble, by the side of Avenham and Miller Park, 10 minutes walk from rail station. Holds year-round programme of arts events. Serves good quality food, and has a great range of drinks. 2 cask ciders on rotation at all times. 2 beer & cider festivals a year, May and October, with 60+ ales and a good range of 20 ciders. Held first large North West dedicated cider and perry festival in July 2009, sold out of 70 casks by Sunday. A must for the dedicated cider and perry seeker.

  • The Dog & Partridge, 44 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AT. Tel: (01772) 252217.

One real cider in 2003.

  • New Britannia, 6 Heatley Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2XB. Tel: (01772) 253424.

A town centre pub that serves lunchtime food, real cider and a number of real ales. Near the station.

  • Old Black Bull, 35 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AT. Tel: (01772) 823397.

Sometimes has real cider, and live music on Saturday evenings

  • E H Booth & Co, Millbrook Way, Penwortham, nr Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0XW. Tel: (01772) 752771.

Good selection of real cider from Sheppy's, Thatchers, Dunkerton's and several others. I have found other Booth's stores to have a goods select also. Not a pub.

St. Annes on Sea

  • Trawl Boat Inn, 36 – 38 Wood Street, St Anne's on Sea, Lancashire, FY8 1QR. Tel: (01253) 783080.

Wetherspoon pub with Westons Red, White & Blue, Old Rosie on draught, Westons Vintage Organic on draught, Westons Bottled Organic, Sheppys, Henry Weston bottled Vintage, a couple of perrys and a Thatchers, and a few others I would not care to mention.

Silverdale

  • The Woodlands Hotel, Woodlands Drive, Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 0RU. Tel: (01524) 701655.

Location. An 18th Century Gentleman's retreat overlooking the village of Silverdale and Morecambe Bay. Set in its own extensive grounds within the Silverdale AONB and adjacent to Eave's Wood. Contains a labyrinth of rooms: from the outside its not even apparent its a pub. This is from the CAMRA Lunesdale website: "Easily overlooked by the casual visitor to Silverdale, so most of the trade is provided by locals. Even when you find it, it doesn't look much like a pub - open the big front door and you find yourself in an impressive entrance-hall with no sign of a bar, but go through the first door on the left, pass through a lounge and there it is. Look to your left for a list of the available ales. The bar has a large fireplace (as big as the counter), a big painting of the Johnnie Walker man and great views across the Bay. The other door on the left leads to a room, where the beer-pumps are. The smoking area is covered and sheltered." Always has at least two ciders and four real ales (from microbreweries) available. Ale and cider is drawn from a taproom so don't look for pumpclips: read the blackboards. On 10/11/2009 had the following available: Westons Old Rosie, Moles Brewery "Black Rat", and Gwynt y Ddraig "Farmhouse". This year sold Lancashire Cider's "Glenside Original" made from apples from a local orchard, but thats now all sold out. More in process now! Food is limited: buns/baps at weekends only. No games machines, no jukebox.

Other external sites

  • Delving through the Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA site suggests a number of cider pubs to try in their area: the Golden Lion, Hillgate, Stockport; the Globe, 144 High Street, Glossop; the Font Bar, New Wakefield Street, Manchester (by Oxford Road station); Legh Arms, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw; the Crown, Heaton Lane, Stockport; Ye Olde Vic, 1 Chatham Street, Edgeley, Stockport; the Thatched House, Churchgate, Stockport; the Sutton Oak, a bit further afield in St Helens (their website corroborates); the Railway, Portwood, Hyde (Porter Brewing Co of Haslingden); the Navigation, Lancashire Hill, Heaton Norris, Stockport (Beartown Brewery); the Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield; the Man & Scythe, Bolton; the Star Inn, Glossop. Should you feel like a pub crawl, these all need investigating. (List thinned down a bit after some on-the-ground research!)
  • The Sandbar on Grosvenor Street claims to sell 'West Country Ciders'.
  • A 2005 article on Manchester Online interviewed local supplier John Reek, who at the time was delivering real cider to "Centro (Tib Street), the Knott (Deansgate), the Beer House (Angel Street), Marble Arch (Rochdale Road), Queens Arms (Honey Street) and Sand Bar (Grosvenor Road) - and Chorlton's splendid Marble Beer House (Manchester Road)".

Pubs Delisted from the Cider Pub Guide to Lancashire and Greater Manchester

  • The Bobbin, 8 Chapel Street, Lancaster. Tel: (01524)32606.

Delisted as owners Mitchells have changed this pub from management to tenancy as the new tenant no longer selling real cider.20/04/2010.


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