Five minutes walk from the city centre is Marble Arch. This is the sister bar and older relative of Marble on Thomas St. If Thomas Street is the younger one with the cool haircut, then Marble Arch is the older wiser one with the great record collection.
Stepping in this pub is like stepping into a time machine from the new Manchester. The amazing glazed tiles from floor to roof sparkle and leave you glancing at every single one for the duration of your stay. What lies under your feet is pretty breathtaking too with its mosaic floor that runs the full length of the main room.
The clientele is varied, like most of Manchester’s drinking establishments, with its old regulars to the cool indie kids of the Northern Quarter. And with all of the new city centre apartments that surround, this old relic also brings the affluent young professionals.
The pub has a micro brewery on site so can keep the stock of beers flowing all the time. I could easily work my way down the bar trying every one of their creations.
If you are hungry, please try the small restaurant at the back of the building. The menu is a good mix of traditional British cuisine, but with a new twist. I have heard nothing but good reviews and I am planning a trip soon, just as long as I can get in as it always seems busy.