Traditional Manchester Pubs

The pub is our most-loved institution, and it's got a history which harks back to the dark ages. While the doom and gloom newspapers claim that traditional pubs are dropping off the face of Great Britain like flies, we here at DesignMyNight know that this isn't the case. The best traditional pubs will always be alive and kicking because of their loyal base of regulars, and the fact that they are undeniably the best place to relax with a pint on a lazy afternoon. So we've created this definitive list of the best of the best for you Mancunians to enjoy.




Not only does this traditional boozer list lentil cottage pies, mouthwatering cheese boards and hand-battered fish and chips on the menu, but also classic cocktails and a wide range of great beers available by draught.

With conjoined rooms, wood fires, amazing beers and stunning whiskeys, The Briton's Protection is one of Manchester's finest traditional pubs because it retains all of the necessary quirks of a truly historical institution. Comfortable, welcoming and affordable, you can't ask for much more from one the most traditional Manchester pubs. Unless it's for another beer - they can help you with that one. 

A slice of Victorian England in the heart of Manchester; Sam's Chop House in Deansgate harks back to the times of old. With a quality wine list and a stunning British food menu, Sam's is a traditional gem for all those lovers of the old fashioned decor and pub grub that makes Britain's pubs so famous worldwide. So sit back and become transported from the busy Manchester metropolis.

Sinclair's Oyster Bar

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Nowhere exudes the atmosphere of traditional pub more than Sinclair's Oyster Bar. Nestled in the heart of Manchester's city centre, this thriving pub is the perfect setting for a relaxing lazy afternoon with friends. With a great range of diverse ales and lagers there is something new to be discovered with each visit. One of the best Manchester pubs to take in some historic ambiance. 

The Castle Hotel

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Traditional on the outside, The Castle Hotel is the epitome of the great traditional Manchester pub. With small rooms inside and a great warming atmosphere, it really is a treat when looking for things to do in Manchester. Also a significant figure on the Manchester live music scene, The Castle Hotel will blow you away with its dedication to a high quality pub experience. 

The Ape & Apple

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Makes yours a relaxed pint at the Ape and Apple. Primed for those looking to wile away the afternoon with a drink in hand, this cosy Manchester pub promises traditional floral interiors set alongside an intimate beer garden and main bar. 

Mr Thomas's Chop House

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A truly Victorian establishment enveloped in gilded green tile work and bespoke interiors, Mr Thomas' Chop House isn't just a sight to see, it's an atmosphere to savour. Whether you're indulging in hearty gastro fare in the cool confines of their dated innards, or out on their patio supping a cool one, Mr Thomas' should be commended for its commitment to traditional pub heritage.

The Horse and Jockey

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Set outside the city centre in Chorlton, The Horse and Jockey is a great no frills, comfortable pub that delivers come rain or shine. Its exposed beams and roaring fires make you feel like an extra in Shakespeare in Love, and the selection of beers and ales on tap is something to be experienced. Head out to the sunny beer garden in the warmer months and make the most of the Horse and Jockey's finest qualities in the open air. 

The Salutation

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Traditional, brooding interiors and classic awnings make up the bones of this humble Manchester pub on Higher Chatham Street. Head on down for rich mahogany interiors set alongside affordable pints and cosy booths.