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English Lounge, Manchester

64-66 High Street
M4 1EA
Phone: 01618324824

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Rob Hunter left this review about English Lounge

It's probably been over five years since I was last in the English Lounge, so decided to call in yesterday evening. The pub itself is clean and modern and pleasant. On the long edge of the bar were six hand pulls, two of these were off with the remaining offering English Lounge IPA (by Caledonian, so probably Deuchars IPA rebadged), Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Robinsons Trooper and Doom Bar. There was a further bank of four hand pulls near the door which had Dizzy Blonde, Trooper and Doom Bar duplicated, with one pump off. Not a terribly exciting line up and nothing really to head back for on the ale front. My half of the English Lounge IPA was £1.85.

The pub was reasonably busy but not packed and soon started filling up with the after work crowd. The pub is fairly open yet with pillars and different seating types it gives the impression of separate areas.

It's not a terrible pub, but the beer choice could be a lot better.

On 6th September 2019 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about English Lounge

A large high-ceilinged establishment with wooden floors and a reasonably traditional feel. It is divided into several distinct areas, with a mixture of seating and several TV screens. There appears to be another room upstairs and a roof terrace (not visited). Draught ales on at time of visit included Theakston's BB, Trooper and Cameron's Phenology.

On 19th October 2018 - rating: 6
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Al Bundy left this review about English Lounge

Another pub that's OK based on the fact that its a traditional style pub and not a tedious cafe bar kinda thing. That said it does have some gaudy lighting throughout. Its also quite expensive. There are 6 handpumps with one of them for cider. The price list is shown on a small peg board behind the bar and it might be best to seek this out before you order if its your round. Still, if you're into paying £5.10 for crap like Guinness's Hop House Lager then I assume money isn't a problem for you. Not the best but it does what it is meant to do, though a little pricey.

On 5th January 2017 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about English Lounge

A larger pub than it first appears, as the main bar has been extended through to the adjacent building (which explains the very substantial wall as seen beside the openings between the two main seating areas). There is apparently also a 'Library' room upstairs. Mid-market decor, with a fair range of old-style and newer furniture. Five of the six handpumps were on, offering Cumberland, Pride, Landlord, Pedigree and Moorhouse's Premium Bitter (£3.00). Overall, it's website's own description of " a traditional country pub in the heart of Manchester" isn't that wide of the mark, spoilt mainly by its location opposite the charmless monstrosity that is the Arndale Centre.

On 16th January 2011 - rating: 6
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Chris 87 left this review about English Lounge

A shame, this, as I clearly just wandered in at the wrong time (early evening on a Monday). There are six handpumps but every single one was off, as the barman told me with a shrug "well, we ran out at the weekend". Fair enough, obviously a popular place, but lots of pubs do a brisk trade over the weekend and manage to replenish their stocks fairly quickly. So my rating could have been higher - as it is, its quite a nice place to sit, with dark wood, bookshelves, attractive little booths and leather sofas. Appears to have a good reputation for its food as well; Only disappointing my craving for a decent pint went unsatisfied.

On 13th October 2010 - rating: 3
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ROB Camra left this review about English Lounge

Usually have 3 or 4 beers on tap. Nothing particularly exciting, Deuchars, Black Sheep etc and always kept OK if not really top notch. Very comfortable pub with with leather sofa's/seats in parts. It's close to Victoria Staion as well which is why we usually call in on our way back for the train. Wouldn't do a major detour to visit though.

On 9th April 2010 - rating: 5
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