Cozy inns with log fires, traditional food and craft beer are on many travellers’ tick lists when they visit England. As they trample through the countryside and meander down stonewalled lanes in search of the ideal, the irony is that one of the best examples in the North-West is right in the centre of Manchester.
Sinclair’s Oyster Bar has genuine historical significance, sitting in Shambles Square, the origins of which date back to the 16th century. The building has to be one of the hardiest structures known to man, having survived an IRA bomb in the late 90s and a brick-by-brick move 300 metres to the North as part of the area’s redevelopment.
While I have never seen a single oyster in Sinclair’s, it does deliver on the low-beamed ‘old England’ atmosphere while boasting the city’s best-loved beer garden.
Sinclair’s is also a Samuel Smith’s pub – which is good news for your funds as the brewery is famous for its quality but particularly cheap ales.
A pint at Sinclair’s typically costs around £ 2 – £ 3 while the bottle selection includes some gems such as organic lager and India ale – I recommend the organic chocolate stout.
The bar may be busy and service a little rough around the edges, but that’s all part of Sinclair’s character – a drink here will grant you honorary Mancunian status. Cheers!