Wednesday 24 February 2010

Today's random pub of the day is THE MARBLE ARCH
73, Rochdale Rd, Manchester, M4 4HY [map]

Off the beaten track in Manchester City Centre and just round the corner from the trendy 'Northern Quarter'
The Marble Arch is home to what I believe are not only Manchester's best ales, but some of the best Real Ale out there you could drink - the excellent MARBLE BEERS.
Naturally it's always busy here, with a great range of ale and good food. The choice of ales are great. Previously brewed on site at the Marble Arch and now brewed at a new location (or very soon to be due to demand and growth) Their range of PINT, Lagonda IPA, Ginger Marble, Marble Bitter, Chocolate Marble and Dobber are all super sups. Their ale is all Organic Standard and Vegan friendly and Vegetarian Society Approved. To me they are out in front when it comes to producing a great ale. Long may it continue.

The pub itself is a charming place with it's famous sloping floor, glazed brick walls and barrel-vaulted ceiling. It was extravagantly designed by the celebrated Victorian Alfred Darbyshire. built in 1888 for Manchester brewers B&J McKenna and originally known as The Wellington, though became popularly known as The Marbe Arch due to it's grand entrance. It later adopted the name. It has been listed in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide every year for the last decade and is a winner of Manchester Food and Drink Festival Pub of the Year for 2006.

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