In 1987 the New Musical Express that The Jesus & Mary Chain were now so old that they couldn’t do their famed fifteen (15) minute sets anymore, as they drifted towards an hour of Darklands dirge.

In 2022 the top bloggers bring you SIX (6) or even SEVEN (7) pubs in one blog.

I still have the irrepressible energy (fuelled by Morrisons cheese) to split one pub between two posts.

That pub is the Lower Turk’s Head on Manchester’s Shudehill, one of the world’s great streets.

I’ve stayed here pre-match before, and loved the pub, atmospheric and slightly mysterious.

And now they’ve swapped Tim Taylor for Holt (new owners), always an improvement.

The Tand had mentioned the Cherry Mild, and most of us in Pub Twitter Land know to follow the Tand’s lead.

It looks the business, placed on the little mini tables.

But to get the full “omph” out of the Cherry Mild, you need to take it to a corner where you can eavesdrop on “wine ladies” discussing their solicitors (honest).

OK, it’s not Bitter, but it’s bloomin’ gorgeous, cool and rich (NBSS 3.5). Would I swap it for the Titanic Cherry Mild though ? No, I’d have both.

Mid afternoon, enough trade to tick over, not enough for discomfort, a good mix of Old Boys and younger ladies.

What more can you want ?

Join me later.


  1. I had an email from Holts last Thursday announcing ;

    Cherry Mild Now At The Bar In Select Pubs
    We have a new limited-edition beer for you to try!

    We’ve given our legendary Mild an exciting twist and developed this incredible new brew! At 4.2% ABV, this cask ale is a hearty drink to enjoy in one of our beer gardens or in a snug corner of the pub.
    You can get Cherry Mild for a limited time only at the following pubs:
    Platform 5, Cheadle Hulme
    Horse and Jockey, Chorlton
    Lamb Hotel, Eccles
    The Griffin, Heaton Mersey
    Queens Hotel, Hyde
    Lord Nelson, Urmston
    Ape and Apple, Manchester
    Crown and Anchor, Manchester
    Old Monkey, Manchester
    Lower Turks Head, Manchester
    Park Hotel, Monton
    Stanley Arms, Eccles
    Volunteer, Sale
    Morning Star, Swinton
    You can find all of the pubs from our Pub Finder page.
    Enjoy and don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on social media!

    so that looks like just fourteen pubs

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