Part 2 of last Friday’s Levy trail, as we “headz to Fred’s” (potential slogan there).
Then we saw this;
In years to come, future generations of pub tickers will debate, “JFK”-style, which of us actually suggested a detour from our CAMRA approved crawl to this unassuming backstreet Irish pub.
“It’s a secret new craft bar” I probably said.
“Go on. Go on. Go on” said Duncan
“Will there be a pub cat ?” said Mudgie.
The lack of photos tells you all you need to know. That and the visit of what we call a “peripatetic salesman”. We already had all the kitchen gloves we needed, thank you.
It was a “proper” pub, pleasant enough and ideal for folk who go out to watch horse racing and drink proper beer. The John Smiths Smooth is mine, by the way. Duncan and Mudgie went for some foreign muck. Alan is right about the Smooth.
Confident that the Horseshoe will be eligible for the GBG once CAMRA ratify the proposed extension of what constitutes “good beer” , Duncan added the pub to his spreadsheet and we rounded the corner to Fred’s Ale House.
Now this looks less like a proper pub than the Horseshoe or Blue Bell, but a return visit confirmed it as one of my favourite places in Manchester, and therefore the world.
A rather younger crowd, confirmed by banter entirely about “Dennis the Menace“, and rather less traditional seating. I couldn’t get the jukebox to work, no doubt it had been commandeered for the afternoon.
So lots of chat (non-political, thank goodness), and some of the best beer anywhere. Blackjack and a black IPA served cool and in top condition, NBSS 4 both.
And that’s all he wrote about Levenshulme. Great place, and the coffee in St Mary’s Parish Centre beats any of your Cambridge independent cafes all day long.