WHERE’S WALLY 3 – Manchester’s most venerable pub?

It’s Wally time, so where did I get to this week then?

Let’s take a look at the evidence, in full PUBNICOLOUR –

FIrst a drink, Joseph Holt Bitter
FIrst a drink, Joseph Holt Bitter
Nice floor, do you recognise it?
Nice floor, do you recognise it?
Look at the lamps on that, have you ever sat near them watching the world go by?
Look at the lamps on that, have you ever sat near them watching the world go by?

And that was it, in 3 tweets we had another winner – step up Phil Moss this weeks master pubculturian who wins bragging rights & a free bottle of beer if he calls in the shop to collect it, sterling effort Phil, take a bow.

If you haven’t worked it out, I was in Mr. Thomas’s Chop House – Let’s get another pint & have a look at the place while we’re at it.

Another pint & some lunch
Another pint & some lunch

I love this pub, I suppose it’s primarily a restaurant really, but it’s long, narrow shape means that you can sit in the small drinking den at the front while diners chomp their chops in the rear. This, coupled with the hustle & bustle on Cross Street outside gives it a real eye of the storm feeling on a weekday, a snug little bit of beery calmness surrounded by people rushing & dashing all over the place.

What could possibly be so important that you wouldn't pop in here for a quickie?
What could possibly be so important that you wouldn’t pop in here for a quickie?

Inside it’s a real beauty as well –

Nice bit of woodwork in the front drinking section
Nice bit of woodwork in the front drinking section
All the eating action goes on in the back
All the eating action goes on in the back

They’re not shy of it, quite a few bold claims fly around, apparently The New York Times describes it as “probably Manchester’s most venerable pub” & the pub itself claims to have “the best beer garden in Manchester”.

But you have to drink out of a plastic glass if you want to sit in it
But you have to drink out of a plastic glass if you want to sit in it

Service was spot on, despite there being quite a few people in the dining area, I didn’t have to hang around like a nuisance. They were exhibiting a load of portrait photos & when I asked about the identity of one of them the barmaid helpfully fetched a menu that included extensive detail on the current exhibition ( which also featured a portrait of Mancunian jazz man Phil Moss, namesake of this week’s winner ).

There’s also this photo on the wall –

This picture doesn't really do it justice, go & have a look yourself if you can
This picture doesn’t really do it justice, go & have a look yourself if you can, imagine having a quiet pint when that bugger went off

The beer selection could do with being a bit more adventurous but they seemed to be looking after what they had, a lot of pumps were off but I think they were line cleaning because there was a lot of pulling through & new things coming on.

Pump up the volume
Pump up the volume

Traditional ale does sort of suit the place though, & I’m a sucker for a house beer.

Cheers Tom
Cheers Tom

All in all a very pleasant afternoon, stay tuned for more Where’s Wally soon.

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