As a London expat, when I first relocated to Manchester I craved the traditional old pubs that populate the capital’s every corner. I found exactly what I was looking for when I discovered the Marble Arch.
This historic boozer was built in 1888 and is now part of the Marble Family, with two sister pubs across the city – but this is by far the best. The interior has been relatively unchanged over the years, save for a few necessary functional improvements, but I love the old mosaic floor and lavishly tiled walls.
The surprise is that is has a mouthwatering menu to rival the city’s best restaurants.
I highly recommend going with an empty stomach so you can sample as many dishes as possible. The Scotch Egg with chorizo ketchup is a good place to start; the curried crab and leek pasty is akin to an orgasm. There are also a selection of pies on offer: wash them down with a pint of Marble’s own beer, brewed on site, and you’ll never want to leave.