Pie. Ale. What could be more magnificently Manchester? The team behind Bakerie have set tongues a-wagging lately with their new venture, located in the Northern Quarter Arcade off Lever Street. So, being the gluttons that we are, we followed the scent of freshly baked pies and headed down to this new Manchester pub at our earliest opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.
With its bright airy decor, the venue matches the refreshing simplicity of the Pie & Ale concept. This modern take on a traditional Manchester pub has been thoughtfully designed with plenty of features that invite you to hang out here for the entire afternoon or evening - from the comfortable leather booths over two floors to the plentiful plug sockets for laptops (ideal for freelance workers). A double height glass frontage looks out onto the newly developed Northern Quarter Arcade which runs through The Hive, where owners are planning to create an outdoor seating area with fairy lights, just in time for summer.
Pie & Ale is a is a new Manchester pub in the Northern Quarter.
The Clientele and Atmosphere
What do you get when you cross a new real ale pub with the Northern Quarter? A lot of facial hair, that's what. Plenty of hip young things, Northern Quarter creative types and trendy families enjoy the comfortable pub/cafe atmosphere. The vibe here is laid back - the kind of place you could easily while away a Sunday afternoon with the papers or your iPad, sampling the local ales and tucking into a Sunday Lunch Pie topped with a Yorkshire Pudding. Yes, that is a thing, be excited.
Plenty of seating, natural light and a laid back atmosphere make this a popular new Northern Quarter bar.
The Food and Drink
Don't be fooled by the name here. Yes, there are obviously pies at Pie & Ale, but this is first and foremost a pub - so the drink is the real star of the show. With six regularly rotating local ales on draught as well as a range of craft beers, spirits, and ale cocktails (in development at the time of writing), booze connoisseurs will find plenty to enjoy here. To accompany the beer, three pie varieties are freshly baked every day, and served until 9pm with optional extras like mushy peas, mash and delicious gravy. Ask the bar staff to recommend an ale to match your particular pie for the complete tasting experience. On our visit we tried the Lamb Pie matched with the Dunham Massey Chocolate Cherry Mild Ale, and the vegetarian Cheese and Onion pie accompanied by the Wilson Potter Natural Progression Ale; both combinations were tasty, flavourful, and really hit the spot.
There are six regularly rotating local ales on draught at Pie & Ale. Try 'em all!
We do love our cocktail bars in Manchester, but sometimes you just want to kick back with a pint, a pie and a paper - and that's exactly what we love about Pie & Ale. It's an unpretentious, laid-back hangout which just feels like a nice place to be. And with open mic and film nights planned, as well as DJs at weekends, we can't wait to see how this new Northern Quarter pub slots into Manchester life over the next few months.