Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

36 Charles Street
City Centre
Manchester
M1 7DB
0161 273 5822

The Lass O’Gowrie has one of the most striking pub exteriors in Manchester, not because it’s an especially imposing building, but because of its spectacular green and red tiled frontage (photos 1 & 2).

It’s close to both the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University so its main custom in term time comes from students. It was once popular with staff from BBC Manchester in nearby Oxford Road but that ended when they moved to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays in 2012. The pub had won National Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards in the same year, no doubt helped by the media regulars. Soon after they moved the pub was struggling to survive, but it’s now picked up again, especially in term time

It’s now a Greene King pub and the choice of real ales is a lot lass adventurous than it has been in recent years. It has six cask beers though, including Greene King standards plus beers like St Austell Proper Job and Wadworth 6X. There is a snug for small meetings and a function room for large meetings, and there’s also a weekly quiz.

The pub was built in the mid 1800s but in 1900 new owners Threlfalls Brewery gave it its impressive ceramic and glazed brick facade. In fact hidden under the Lass O’Gowrie sign on the corner is another tiled sign promoting Threlfalls.

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