The Return of an Old Favorite…

I am sure many Mancunians, used to frequenting the Northern Quarter, will be familiar with this old place. Though I never went prior to its closure, it has now been re-opened much to many locals delight. The building itself is grade II listed and has been serving ale since 1776! Apparently at t one stage it even had its own micro brewery out the back in a ramshackle shed cum garage.

Over the years the venue has seen many musical visitors including Mark E Smith from The Fall is a regular at one stage, as well as some early impromptu gigs from local favorites like Elbow, I Am Kloot, and Stephen Fretwell. Ian Curtis once did an interview in the Castle in 1979, even John Peel was known to pop in occasionally!

Now under new, forward thinking ownership, renovations are well underway and the place has begun a new chapter. Lots of exciting plans are been hatched so watch This Space more more info and details of up-coming events.

Definitely worth a visit for the atmosphere of a small old pub in the city and the “Old Tom” beer, at 8.6% its guaranteed to put hairs on your chest, that or flat on your back!

Inside The Castle

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