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The Bank, Manchester

57 Mosley Street
M2 3HY
Phone: 01612287560

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Rob Hunter left this review about The Bank

Paid a visit on Sunday to have a meal with my wife, to recover from a shopping session.

There are 10 hand pumps at the bar, split across two banks, but the only available real ales were Doom Bar, Nicholson's Pale Ale, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde and Sharp's Atlantic, leaving three unclipped. I have been before and remember the real ale selection being better, or my memory could be deceiving me. It's always possible they had been busy over the weekend and run out of a few. There were a few better than average keg options including RedWillow Wreckless and a couple of ciders. The cider I had was rather nice.

I went for one of the Sunday roasts and having struggled to decide between beef and the ham hock, my decision was made for me when I ordered at the bar and was told there was no ham hock left. The meal was delicious; my wife had the Nicholson's burger which she reported was also very nice (and looked huge). There is also a chalk board with a list of pies, with tick boxes to indicate which are currently available.

The pub was not that busy but there were a few customers in. Service was quick and there were enough staff to cope. The meals arrived quickly but not suspiciously quickly. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the food in here and it was pretty good value; only a bit more expensive than a Wetherspoon meal but so much better. I'd happily come back again.

On 31st July 2018 - rating: 7
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Al Bundy left this review about The Bank

This is Nicholson's pub and to be honest it's not very good. It looks like it used to be a bank but previews say it was a library and its a huge disappointment for a Nicholson's conversion. 10 handpumps with 5 ales duplicated. Lots of pillars inside the single room I was in and old pictures of wherever. I found it all a bit vacuous and dull.

On 8th January 2016 - rating: 4
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Christopher Newman left this review about The Bank

Hi Rob,

Really sorry to hear you have had problems getting servd quickly it's certainly not something i enjoy hearing. we do get extremely busy on saturday evenings and it is difficut sometimes to be able to meet the demand staff wise so i genuinley apologise. If you would like to call in again soon then i will stand you a pint of one of our new summer range of ales ( some of which are really fantastic ). Just ask for Chris when you come in. Hopefully i can make up for your previously dissapointing visit.

kind regards

Chris (Manager at The Bank).

On 8th July 2011 - no rating submitted
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ROB Camra left this review about The Bank

Called in again on Saturday evening around 6:30. Three deep at the bar and only two serving. We walked out yet again. You really do need to get this sorted guys. Down a point again. At this rate you'll soon be on zero which would be a shame because it's a great building.

This place used to be the Portico Library and has had most of the main features retained since it's conversion to a pub originally by the Firkin chain quite a few years ago now. Has decent selection of real ales (up to 6) at a reasonable price for the city centre. Choice and quality has been improving lately beer wise but the service is often apalling. Definitely on the up at the moment. Worth calling in for one if it's quiet. If it's busy you won't get served in under 10 minutes!

On 23rd May 2011 - rating: 4
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Bank

The Bank scores as a cultural and historically important building now kept alive as a pub. As previously mentioned it was the Portico Library and the Library section still survives upstairs.
It’s a decent conversion and a lot of the period features remain, and although the high ceilings could have made it a bit of an echoing barn, it just about gets away with it.
Unfortunately I didn’t visit this Nicholson establishment on one of its better nights and of the six pumps on the bar, only two were operational and there were no current Nicholson festival ales to be seen.
I will not leave a rating as I did not stop for a pint, but turning to leave I bumped into the current Manageress who asked why I was going. And I have to compliment her on her honesty that the lack of festival ales was down to her cock up of not getting the order into Nicholsons on time, and that if I came back two days later they would be fully barrelled up.
Unfortunately that wasn’t possible for me, but I hope she did manage to get all the pumps functioning, because this is a decent building and I would guess a decent place for a pint when the usual Nicholson’s guest ale choice is on.

On 6th February 2011 - no rating submitted
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Clive Thompson left this review about The Bank

A barn of a place with high ceilings and some impressive exterior stonework. Popular for lunchtime food and the beer selection is decent.

On 28th March 2010 - rating: 6
[User has posted 742 recommendations about 678 pubs]