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The Dockyard, Salford

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Dock Yard Building
M50 2EQ
Phone: 01613593848

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Steve C left this review about The Dockyard

The Dockyard is a large open plan high ceiling drinking barn with industrial ambience. The U-shaped bar along the centre of the rear wall faces high tables and stools that run along the floor to ceiling front windows. In the right rear is an open kitchen which faces picnic style tables. During a recent Monday afternoon visit there was some background music playing and the large projector screen on the left wall was airing ITV daytime television. In any other pub this would be a no-no, but I suppose this abomination can be overlooked as the Dockyard is in the middle of Media City. However, the excessively loud afternoon music could be toned down a bit.
The bar supports a premium keg range and I counted eight hand pumps. These were drawing Sharp’s Doom Bar, Beartown Brewery’s Trap, Rooster’s Napolean Complex, Serious Brewing’s Goldrush, St Austell Trevail and the house Dockyard Pale Ale. Food is available all day; the burgers start at £8. I would stop off here for another beer if passing but wouldn’t stay all evening.

On 2nd March 2020 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Dockyard

This large modern bar, part of a small chain which also includes its namesake in Spinningfields, has a prominent location next to the BBC’s Media City complex on Salford Quays. The pub comprises one single, vast, concrete floored room with a large servery to the rear and a long row of wooden pillars through the centre which help to break things up a little. The bar has a nice counter which has been made to make it look like a beer barrel and behind this is a high bar back which incorporates a blackboard listing the full beer range. The large front windows have padded banquettes beneath them, each formed into pleasant looking booths, whilst the pillars behind these have high stools and drinking ledges around them. To either side of the room, mixed seating options appear, including lots of regular tables and chairs that are ideal for those wanting to eat, and a raised platform to the left with some sofas on it. Entertainment comes in the form of a table football game in the front left corner, which a group of children were certainly getting their money’s worth from on our visit, whilst a massive screen on one wall was showing a muted kids movie, also viewable from a number of smaller screens dotted around the room. There’s a nice fireplace in a central position near the entrance which helped warm punters up on a bitterly cold winter’s evening and an open kitchen to the rear right also offer the hope of some residual heat. For warmer months, a good deal of bench seating is available outside the front of the pub.
The welcome sight of a long row of handpulls greeted us at the bar, with the options on this occasion comprising Great Heck Chopper, Titanic Plum Porter Reserve, Cross Bay Buddy, Tiny Rebel Stay Puft, Lancaster Blonde and a house beer called Dockyard Ale, of unknown provenance. Added to this, a great craft keg range was also available along with several bottle or can options. I tried the Stay Puft, which was probably on its way out, and my other half enjoyed one of their ciders.
This is a pretty good, modern bar that suffers a little from feeling like a drinking barn, but was helped by a good crowd who created a nice atmosphere, in spite of the fact that there were a lot of noisy kids tearing around the place. This place looked far preferable to the other bars I saw around the Quays development and would be my venue of choice if I were to venture back this way again.

On 5th February 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Dockyard

One of many modern bar / restaurants in the Media City UK development, but this looks more inviting than most because the front patio seating area catches the sun for most of the day. The interior also benefits from having a tall ceiling and full-height windows on two sides, but done in a way that avoids it looking or sounding cavernous. I found six different cask beers available from a total of eight handpumps, including their 'house' ale, the green-hopped Green Eyed Monster from Cross Bay (£4.00) and examples from Sonnet 43, Gasworks, Bootleg and Titanic. Also has seven craft keg taps on the bar-back. Overall, much better than I expected.

On 28th October 2018 - rating: 8
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Al Bundy left this review about The Dockyard

I must agree with Mr Hunter that this is by far the best place in the Media City area for real ale. A fairly comfortable place and much better designed than some of the other trendy nonsense in the area. 8 handpulls and the selection of beers didn't stray much from the previous review, though this time there was Leeds Midnight Bell and a different Marble beer, which I've forgot. 7 taps behind the wall for crafty beers.

On 9th April 2018 - rating: 7
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Dockyard

Very busy on a Friday lunchtime, probably because of its proximity to the studios nearby. Eight hand pulls in total but two banks of two are duplicated offering Doom Bar and Dockyard Ale. A central bank of four pumps offered, at the time of my visit, This Time To Me (Sonnet 43), A Beer Called Clive (Mobberley), Pint (Marble) and Citra (Lancaster). There are also seven taps on the back wall behind the bar which I assume are for craft keg, and there looked to be an interesting and varied selection up there. Plenty of people in having food; burgers, pies and sandwiches all seemed popular. Definitely has the best choice in the area for the real ale lover.

On 16th February 2018 - rating: 8
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ROB Camra left this review about The Dock Yard

A new build pub right next door to the BBC. It's been done out very nicely in an industrial kind of way. The bar is all wood panelled and looks good. A real mix of seating with high stools & tables, some booths, some sofas etc. There's also a large patio area outside. There's a table football game, a pinball machine at a rip off £1 per game and a massive TV screen. 8 handpumps on the bar with 2 Thwaites beers doubled up and 4 guest ales. I went for a pint of Brightside Odin which was in good nick. It cost £3.15, but the other guests were all more expensive. I liked it in here and the patio will be great in Summer. There's lots of camera crews around the area, so star spotting is a decent pastime.

On 25th March 2015 - rating: 7
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