Beer, Beer and more Beer

Posted on April 17, 2011


Two superb pubs. The best beer I’ve ever tasted. A pint of lager for £1.90 in a city centre. Three sentences to sum up my weekend. A trip to Manchester beckoned, having bought tickets for the Amir Khan vs Paul McCloskey fight. Friday evening was spent in the Metropolitan is West Didsbury. A great pub with a  roaring fire, big leather sofas, plenty of bar to get served at and plenty of real ales and lagers to pick from.

One of beers on tap was a very familiar name: Timothy Taylor, Landlord. A couple of colleagues have been raving about this beer for a while and this was the first time I had come across a pub with it on tap. Landlord appears to be the flagship beer of Keighley based brewer Timothy Taylor. On their website it is described as a classic strong pale ale which has won more awards nationally than any other beers. These awards come as no surprise. It is an absolutely brilliant pint. The best I have ever had. I had six and every single one was superb.

Second boozer of the weekend was the Blue Oyster Bar in Manchester city centre. Nestled next to the modern overbearing modern architectural designs of the Urbis and the Big Wheel the Blue Oyster Bar in comparison is an old, tiny, Tudor building. Owned by Samuel Smith brewery, it great to find such a traditional pub so full of character in the City Centre instead of the ten a penny chains that dominate our cities streets. The lager on tap was superb and only £1.90 a pint. Taddy Lager is brewed by Samuel Smith in Tadcaster. It’s a refreshing, slightly sweet lager that goes down a treat on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It’s well worth a visit if you find yourself looking for a proper pub in the middle of Manchester.

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