I'd been avoiding this pub as typically, city centre boozers located on main roads and close to shopping centres are full of drunken old men and young 'unemployeds' looking to start fights (a la Deansgate). But after this week's Bella Italia Yelp event, a few of us decided to brave the English Lounge for a nightcap.
Good news - there was no need to be scared. The English Lounge is actually a very nice, traditional watering hole with chatty bar staff, normal-looking punters, low lighting and comfy seating.
I've read that the food isn't half bad there either, so will definitely head back and try that at some point.
Thanks to my fellow Yelpers for the 'beer pressure' :-P
I decided to give this pub another ago for its food, as I have made a few quick stops after work for a cheeky beer recently..
This is a nice traditional looking pub, with a nice selection of familiar beers and a selective World beer menu. The dining area is corded off from the rest of the pub, bearing nice long solid wooden tables and pretty crystal chandeliers.. Mooching at the menu, the average spend for a main is about a tenner...they offer things from your average burger to a few fish and pasta dishes..
Last time I Was here i spent around £13 on the salmon, which was a bit dry and was not worth the money...although the homecooked wedges were tasty....This time I chose the King Prawn Tagliatelle with chorizo... which was presented in a large bowl with home made garlic bread...this was very tasty especially the American Goose beer to go with it..My friends went for the burgers, which they seemed to enjoy..
Overall the waiter was pleasant, and attentive, a very attractive pub to be in...but I think the food for me is a bit limited...and a smidge pricey for what it is....I guess it is because I find British food more boring compared to other cuisine,,,so it has be extra special for me to rave about it...
The English Lounge is my local. I don't go here as often as I should considering it takes less than 5 minutes from sofa to pub.
Over the 6 years or so I have been neighbours with this place, I go about six weekly. Usually its just for a casual drink and maybe a quick bite to eat. If I have Sunday lunch out then I always go here - not only is it reasonably priced but it is very tasty. And close enough for me to walk the few steps home and then descend into a food coma on my sofa.
This review is based on my visit for Sunday lunch with my bestie yesterday afternoon. We didn't book but they found a table for us quickly and took our order.
We arrived and had a cup of tea each to begin and both had the roast beef. Personally for me, beef is the king of roasts and always go for this. For £9.95 you get a lot on the plate and think it is good value. Get a decent portion of veggies, roast potatoes, new potatoes, beef and a nice big Yorkshire pud. I don't have the biggest appetite but this was so nice I polished off all but one of the new potatoes and a bit of the veggies. My friend finished the lot.
The quality of the roast was no surprise as I have been here a number of times before. Its nice to go somewhere with consistency and that you know you can rely on for a decent Sunday lunch.
Of course we both had dessert. I had the vanilla cheesecake with ice cream and chocolate curls. It was very tasty, and just the right portion after a big dinner. My friend had the rhubarb crumble with custard and she finished it all and said it was tasty. My friend had a coffee and I had amaretto to end the meal.
We only paid £18 each all in, which was very good value for the quality and amount of food. Definitely recommend here for Sunday lunch particularly, but do venture in at other times as well as the main menu is good as is the relaxed atmosphere ,even on a Saturday.
Lovely oldy-woldy pub! Only had a pint of coke here but others were happy with cider, ale and beer choice! Would definitely come around for a pint :)
'Welcome to the crystal maze, English manner zone' the boyfriend first comment and pretty fitting. The pub has a very 'traditional' pub look, which is a nice change from the normal north Q side off things.
This pub is somewhere in the gray zone of pub and restaurant and can't decide where it wanted to be. If your eating see about going up, your be able to hear yourself over the mix of bad 90 hits.
So, about eating. I'm very so-so, the salmon I got was pretty meh. Though the stake and ale pie ( it wasn't a pie - there was no sides. It was a cup off meat with a hat) was so nice I had to steal some.
In all, it an OK place - but not spacial enough to stand out among the busy night life off Manchester.
I was only in Manchester for the night but the guys I was with wanted to explore the Norther Quarter all night long. This was one of the stops along the way to drunkenness, but easily my favourite pub of all the ones we visited. We were there on a Tuesday so none of the pubs were all that crowded, but English Lounge was particularly empty and I have no idea why.
The vibe of this place is amazing!
The setup, the tables and chairs, the big booths surrounded by cosy lamps and books; it's all great! The prices are good and the decor/ambience is definitely conducive to a fun night in a pub!
Check it out if you're touring the city the night!
Had a delicious Sunday lunch at the English Lounge. The service was excellent and the waiter couldn't do enough for us. The food was lovely especially the Yorkshire pudding which was mega. There was a good choice of meat and also a vegetarian option. The pub itself is very nice. It has an upmarket feel and the décor is stylish but overall it is very relaxed. Will be back again on a Sunday.
Not quite the trendy gastropub I was expecting, this is more like a fairly traditonal boozer with a few tables near the front (admittedly with very nice cutlery glassware etc) for dining. Nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed a Friday evening visit for steak and chips with a few fizzy pints of Peroni.
When I first encountered T'English Lounge, it was for one reason only - pub quizzage. Now, there's a strange phenomenon that comes with local drinking. Have you ever found that once you have your local, and your pub quiz, you kind of feel like you're cheating on it if you attend another pub quiz?
Well, I had this situation with the Crescent. Large's pub quiz only came around once a month so it's wasn't that bad. And I wouldn't be a good little Yelper if I didn't use it as an excuse to check out this pub. Situated on the edge of the Northern Quarter conveniently close to the Arndale and Shudehill, The English Lounge is a cosy, traditional-looking boozer that serves down-to-earth pub grub and provides a bit of respite from the quirk and hipsterville of the NQ and the ostentatious tackiness of the Printworks posse.
The homey cosiness of the place is exemplified with dark wood, leather sofas and quintessential Englishness - bookshelves in a pub anyone? I'm to be found at the Cityco meetings here and I always enjoy popping in. Sometimes I'll treat myself to a little wine beforehand and chat with some business owners, and that's always been lovely. The wine that is, not the business owners. Although for the most part they're alright, as it goes.
There are all sorts of vouchers and offers associated with this pub so you could save a pretty penny too, especially with the meal deals. The food's on until 9.30pm and it's run by lovely people - aces, no?
Note: no wifi! Laptops to be left at home...
I oddly gravitate towards this bar, usually armed with bags of recent purchases from the local shops. But sometimes you want to relax in a pub that could easily imagine actually being in a suburb instead of smack bang in the middle of a city! There are loads of quite cosy comfortable corners, and once inside the lighting is soft and the solid decor is gladly not flashy and brightly coloured.... especially good when you have a spending spree headache coming on!
The food is not spectacular, but it is good and does the job. You can expect to pay £4 for a large jacket potato and healthy looking salad. This pub is definitely a great escape from the packed bars of the Northern Quarter... and it is only minutes away!
Fantastic service, pleasant atmosphere and delicious food. I had the Steak & Ale Pie, and it was amazing. Had an accident with the vinegar on the table and the waiter couldn't have been more helpful. Highly recommended.
This is a nice little pub. Well, it's not little. It's actually pretty huge. Big and wooden-beamed and panelled and cosy. It's a very clean, very nice traditional pub with a heart of gold.
The food served here is traditional pub food with a little bit of a modern gastro twist (but I refuse to say gastropub). So yes, you'll find sausages and mash, but alongside delicious fresh salads and gnocchi dishes. The food is well cooked and super tasty. My personal pick is the steak. But then, my personal pick is always steak. The vegetarian amongst us is usually catered for here, which is always good.
After dark, this place is a lively drinking venue with a pretty decent crowd. Occasionally it verges on the lairy, on weekends, but it's about a hundred times better than a lot of other city centre venues.
The pub quiz is pretty super, and the free pies are super tasty. That's one reason to go, one very big, very tasty reason.
I like the English Lounge. i once dismissed it as "the kind of place where might get your ear bitten off over a packet of dry roasted peanuts" but I joking and it was wrong of me- nobody really likes dry roasted, if any thing's gonna caused trouble it's those damn cashews- moreish just doesn't cover it!
OK, so the pub. As the name softly hints at, this is English puberty- and by that I mean the business of pub running and not the business of realising that you're not going to grow into the handsome adult that your nan predicted- at its best.
All of the usual suspects are there- aged leather seating that you could sleep on, dark wood in abundance, a wealth of antique picture frames, old people, an amazing array of ales and a cracking Sunday roast.
Prices are entirely reasonable and the Northern Quarter is a two minute stroll away- it's got to be worth a round.
English Lounge is a bit of a weird one for me. When looking for somewhere to go for lunch, it was suggested a few times that we head here and I was never too keen.
I know you shouldn't judge on looks alone but English Lounge looks awful from the outside. So I was unsure. And I was right to be a bit sceptical. For a place that advertises itself a lot for good pub food...they lie.
But the atmosphere was quite good actually, for a place right on the border of the Northern Quarter, I wouldn't have been surprised to walk in and find the world's snottiest staff and clientele...so I was pleasantly surprised with that at least.
All I'd say is give it a try and have an open mind about the look/decor.
Me and my boyfriend with our manager. In here, drinking cider and having fun. We didn't go there before that night, and I was expecting something quite rubbish at the beginning. But no, it was really nice actually. Imagine, for real now, an English lounge. Books, wooden shelves, few flowers here and there. Perfect. Now add few more people in your lounge. Add few drinks in their hand. Chilled music that goes with all the moods people might have. Don't imagine Barbie girls with short dresses and mega high heels. People seem casual and smart in the same time, in a nice way. They are not too young, so over 30 might be the right age to say(or late 20s).
It seems like one of them places, where you can go (probably before 8pm) with a book, order a martini and read for a while, be in your own world. It's nice when that happens, isn't it? After a few I got a bit tipsy to be honest, but even in that condition, I still loved the place. Now that I'm thinking, I might just go there again. I was quite wondering where to go with my boyfriend on a Friday night, this week. There you go, problem solved. All good. See you there.
The English Lounge is a great traditional pub located a stones throw from the Arndale Centre and the main street. It's busy and bustling and they have some great offers on food from time to time (2 courses for £12.95 last time I went, if I remember rightly).
The food is typical pub fare but done very well. Pies, steaks, fish and chips, plus more exotic items, are all way above the standard many people expect from city centre pubs.
It gets very busy with people from all walks of life and, despite its huge size, you can struggle to find a seat at busier times. The decor is traditional and cosy and the staff are extremenly friendly.
Situated very close to the Arndale Centre, The English Lounge is a bit of a gem in the city centre.
This is a proper pub, with a carpet and possibly a cat. It serves fish and chips and a decent pint and really, beyond that, I need say no more.
Whilst many of the city centre pubs try to pass themselves off as hipster hangouts, this one doesn't bother, focusing on doing things well. Like get you drunk and fill your belly.
It's for this reason that it's very rarely empty.
When the weekend comes, you may struggle to find a seat. The staff are very friendly indeed and the patrons are a real mixed bag... and I mean that in the nicest possible way.
While the business might do your head in after a while, it's definitely worth nipping in for a pint.
Amazing it may be, The English Lounge is one of Manchester gems that often is unnoticed in spite of being in the spotlight. Yet it is indeed a must place to visit in Manchester. I never tried their food, but the selection of drinks is good, the interior is welcomingly traditional, the staff are friendly, and the vibe has never disappointed me. Best of all, there is a lovely cosy space to the right from the entrance, with comfy benches and soft pillows. When they lit candles in the evening, there is no better place for a romantic snuggle.
I only discovered this last week. It's a great pub with a traditional field right in the middle of manchester. It had a good selection of beers and bottled drinks and the food was pretty darn good and it's not just your normal boring pub menu with things such as Muscles, potted shrimp, goats cheese tartlets and a variety of lovely salads and wraps on there. . I'd recommend it to any of you weary shoppers! A good place to drop after you shop.
The English Lounge pub is a pretty decent, traditional pub, in the centre of town. It's got a pretty decent ambiance, a fairly lively atmosphere, and the drinks are fairly priced. Personally, I don't buy into the idea that the English Lounge is anything out of the ordinary. It's fine, but not all that. Got to add though, I had a Guinness in there a while back and it was rank that kind of ruins it for me.
Great food at lunch time with friendly helpful staff. Situated in the centre of town and easy to drop in when tired feet call after shopping. Good value for money.
I adore the english lounge my family and I have been eating there for the past 3 years we love it the Sunday lunch is exquisite the staff are lovely top marks to the chef from us
This pub is the most friendly, comfortable pub in Manchester. It serves food until 9.30 p.m. and the food is wonderful. They keep to a simple menu but one which is fresh and inventive. My husband and I have been going in this pub now for around 5 years and it never fails to impress.
nice pub near shudehill side of town, revamped about 7 years ago for the better, loads of comfy seating areas and close to market street and shops. try and avoid friday lunch time due to loads of c.i.s going for lunch but great place to chill out and use as a meeting place. probably the nicest of the traditional pubs around the area
Great decor, good selections of food and beers, plus very friendly atmosphere - which tends to be a mix of shoppers, professional types, and people who like good ale and grub. Service is very good, especially on food orders. Sometimes struggle to get a seat in busy periods.
without a doubt the nicest pub in the immediate area. Great for a quiet pint, a works do, a meal or for a night out. the beer and wine are crisp and the food is fantastic with a great range from a cold chicken sandwich to a large Red Snapper sitting on a mountain of new potato and asparagus. for the smoker there is an upstairs outside area as well as the entrance on High St. whatever it is your after you wont be disapointed !
Very nice pub in the city centre, good for either after work drinks, a pit stop whilst shopping or starting a night in the northern quarter. The only reason it's not 5 stars is because the service at times can be poor, with staff more concerned with having a chat then serving the bar-speak up if you want served!
loverly pub great food good chose of beer very good service have been here a few times and never had a bad meal yet
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