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The Arden Arms is a red brick three storey house built in 1815 (photo 1). The owner and first landlord was George Raffald, nephew of Elizabeth Raffald, a 19th century celebrity who wrote a popular book on housekeeping and created Manchester’s first trade directory.
Much of the pub interior dates from the middle of the 19th century which makes it a remarkable survivor. Robinsons brewery took over the pub in 1889 and made a few further alterations in the early 1900s, including the etched glass windows (photo 2), but very little has changed since then.
The Arden is famous for having one of only three remaining pub rooms which are accessed by walking through the bar and which need staff permission to be used.
All of Robinson’s beers are served and the pub has been in the Good Beer Guide for as long as I can remember.
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