Travellers think of England and picture cozy inns and log fires. But there’s no need to hike through countryside in search of this ideal – the box can be ticked right in the centre of Manchester.
As well as being a sociable and central pub, Sinclair’s Oyster Bar has historical significance. It sits in the picturesque 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. It 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’ve never seen a single oyster in Sinclair’s, it does deliver on the low-beamed ‘old England’ atmosphere while boasting the city’s busiest beer garden.
Sinclair’s is also a Samuel Smith’s pub. This is good news for your funds, as the Yorkshire brewer is famous for its particularly cheap, but great-quality ales.
A pint at Sinclair’s typically costs around £ 4, while the bottle selection includes gems such as organic lager and India ale. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the amazing 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. Plus, a drink here will grant you honorary Mancunian status. Cheers!