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  • 3.0 star rating
    1/4/2010

    Just what is it that makes this lion so rampant? Viagra? Oysters? Gillian McKeith's Horny Goatweed supplement?

    Or perhaps it could be the customers who populate this traditional looking venue on Anson Road. But there's a small issue - it's changed hands recently and what used to be a hub of activity with live music and a bar of real ales as well as a substantial beer garden has become... a little tired of late. It's always been studenty and had some great bites to eat, but it used to have a great deal of character before the makeover. The strange Flamenco soundtrack and promises of Salsa just don't seem to suit it any more.

    It's still fine for eats (the home made chips are a favourite), but the mass produced beer is a bit... samey. If you want your classic big brand lagers you can go pretty much anywhere for that. Prices are reasonable, far cheaper than the city centre for starters, but it's a lot quieter than it used to be and certainly not the same as it ever was, same as it ever was. And why oh why is the lemonade so expensive?

    It's a real shame, but this once Rampant Lion is looking pretty flaccid of late.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/1/2010
    First to Review

    I feel a rather special bond with the Rampant because I've seen it go through so many changes of owners. I think of it a little like an unruly but ultimately lovable child; he goes his own way and does his own thing, but always aims to please in the end. And I have a good feeling about the latest in the line to the throne.

    It was only recently sold, and only more recently refurbished, but already a different quality shines through. Gone are the slightly grimy interiors and grim lighting from before, to be replaced by clean white wall, nice lines, and a much more sophisticated decor overall. It is still in the throes of evolution, which is obvious from the unfinished flooring in some areas and hi-fi sitting on the floor by one wall, but so far all signs point to up.

    A downstairs bar is being established, along with live music and club nights on the way. The whole place seems to be getting propelled into the modern scene, and I personally look forward to seeing where it ends up. The only thing it's really missing so far is a decent ale selection to get a regular stream of customers flowing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/2/2010
    Listed in Student essentials

    Although the rampancy of the motionless concrete lion which welcomes you to this establishment is questionable, the graffiti tells you a lot about that of the clientele - check the girls' toilets for updated results on a tally chart of favourites out of love, sex, drugs etc.

    The Cure on the jukebox, the open fire and the large, unrickety beer garden (a rare find in Manchester) just about make up for the verbal price warning issued by the bar staff upon ordering a pint of Leffe.

    The food here is top-class as well. I've been here for a couple of Christmas dinners with my housemates and for around £15 a head for a 3 course meal it was a really good deal.

    All in all the Rampant is a nice but slightly pricey pub in the oft-forgotten area of Victoria Park.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/4/2012
    3 check-ins

    I'm pretty sure this pub has schizophrenia, or at the very least a big case of multiple personality disorder.

    I've lived by Rampant Lion for 6 months now.  In that 6 months, I'm pretty sure management has changed 3 times.  It seems nobody wants to hold onto it for any long period of time, and each time it changes, the new owner tries to inject their own personality into it.

    Last time I stopped in here, the menu had switched to a nearly all Lebanese fare, with what looks like the soon addition of shisha.  You can also get dessert, coffee, lounge in front of the TV's on couches and chairs.  Surprisingly the place where it lacks the most is what it should be concentrating on - the PUB aspect of their pub.

    They have no cask ales, everything on tap is overpriced, and when I asked the bartender if there were any specials it was a simple and straightforward "no."  Also, when I ask a barkeep what beer they have that has the most hops in it and they point to Stella, it makes me think twice about their beer choices.

    It seems this pub used to be a great place, but it just keeps going downhill a bit more every time it switches hands now.  In my opinion, they need to give it a proper revamp and bring it back to a British style pub with proper beers, cheap options, and lose all the fluff that they're trying so hard to push.

    Their only saving grace is that they have the football games on with good quality TV's.  Heaven forbid they take that away next.

    • Qype User mofgim…
    • Manchester
    • 60 friends
    • 248 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    1/2/2010

    The Rampant Lion was once a great place to grab a quick bite and decent pint.

    It was also a hive of musical activity with great nights being held in the annexe.

    However, the expansive beer garden may find itself rather empty since a change in ownership.

    My first visit since the new owners took over was brief thanks to a complete change into what The Rampant Lion was.

    Now, in place of a laid back pub with good pizzas and pints, we've now got a starkly lit, faceless space that has replaced the pleasing chatter of customers with a dreadful cod-Flamenco soundtrack and the smell of the toilets.

    Concerning the latter, the first thing that hits you on entrance is the smell of backed up toilets. Then, when you've finished reeling from that, you're faced with a bar that serves awful mass-produced beer.

    I'm far from a real-ale fiend and indeed, not especially precious when a business changes hands... which makes it all the more pertinent that my stay in The Rampant Lion was staggeringly short.

    Maybe if you're looking for somewhere to eat, it's fine and I just caught it on an unfortunate day. If you're looking for a good pint and a bite, then steer well clear.

    Astonishingly disappointing.

    • Qype User camiee…
    • Brighton
    • 55 friends
    • 72 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    27/8/2008

    Good, solid pub is the Rampo. It has the usual selection of beers and the usual prices, the interior is quite cool with a conservator thrown in for good measure.

    The best part is the massive beer garden although with the English weather it doesn't get used as much as it should, sadly.

    • Qype User Mr_Sif…
    • Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • 7 friends
    • 127 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    17/6/2011

    It's hard to make sense of the Rampant Lion. Since the refurbishment the place tried to take on a more 'up market' look, but did so without offering any of the qualities such a place should have - for example good quality and off the mainstream food & drink. Couple this with it being in a largely student area then it was always on to a loser in my opinion.

    The place has always been deadly quiet on the few occassions I have visited and one such time closed at 9.45 p.m. due to the lack of customers (with me and my friends being practically kicked out). They regularly run out of beer also as people have mentioned, meaning you have to buy bottles which are always overpriced. The staff too are also different everytime you walk in (minus the owner), so clearly things aren't going to plan.

    It's a shame to write such a bad review, but I think that the shortsighted management of the place will see it close within the next few years at the most.

    • Qype User sarahb…
    • Manchester
    • 9 friends
    • 39 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/4/2008

    This large pub just by the Victoria Park halls of residence (Manchester Uni) is a great place for food or drink. Traditional roasts are good value and quality, and there's plenty of seating and a nice consevatory style area for the warmer weather.

    Cosy atmosphere, with the feeling of the classic British pub.
    Prices are pretty reasonable, and serves the student community well.

    Great for a chilled out meal with friends or somewhere casual to take the parents when they're up to visit.

    • Qype User lilre…
    • Manchester
    • 3 friends
    • 40 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    23/5/2009

    A fairly large traditional pub, this place is very popular with students. The beer selection is fairly average, as are the prices. The food is quite good (I recommend the chips) and there are usually a few deals on at any time.
    This place gets quite busy in the summer as there is a large beer garden, but there are plenty of seats.

    • Qype User Salfor…
    • Salford, Greater Manchester
    • 3 friends
    • 19 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    13/6/2009

    A student pub but good enough for the local cops to pop in after a shift, so it must be half decent.

    Well, the beer has got better, but its alot quieter than it use to be.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/4/2010
    Listed in Royal Roasts

    Yum. Yuuuum. That was a good dinner. The Rampant Lion serves great pub food in a lounge so cosy you'd think you were in your Grandma's living room. There are big squidgy sofas, a crackling fire and plenty of board games to while away the hours with.

    The pub is ample in size and serves some good drafts, lagers and ciders as well as a fairly decent wine selection (although nothing particularly special or well matched with the food). The place hasn't always been so cosy, in fact it was pretty crappy a while back but new owners have brought in a more homely feel which I think works.

    On a Friday or Saturday night it will be filled with drunken students and things get a little more rowdy (not often rampant) and there is a bit of a questionable pub quiz, but other than that its a great place to stop off for a drink in the early afternoon or for a Sunday lunch.

  • 1.0 star rating
    12/4/2010

    I used to quite enjoy a jaunt to the Rampant Lion - the sit-and-you're-sunk leather sofas, the sparsely attended indie clubnights in the basement (the only place where I have seen a request for Broken Social Scene honoured by a DJ) and pub quiz so difficult it would shame University Challenge ("I keep expecting an essay question," a friend once quipped.) That was under the old management though; the last old management anyway, from what I've hear it goes through managers in like someone going through a lot of something very fast! On my last visit it was a very different story.

    My friends and I went back to The Rampant Lion for something to eat, having always been a fan of their reasonably priced, reasonably tasty pizzas. A few of the party decided to plump for something different; a baked potato, a tuna sandwich, a chicken burger. Not filet mignon or lobster thermidor, not even lasagne - just meat and starch and meat in starch, pretty basic stuff. Seven main courses, four of which were pizza, took over an hour to arrive. We accepted this gracefully, we had been marinating in cider for the past sixty minutes and just wanted to get some food down us that wasn't crisps. The pizzas were cold, every one of them. The baked potato with cheese and was so light on filling it might well have just floated off the plate - the tuna sandwich almost had more beans in it. Worst of all though was the chicken burger which was pink and bloody. When we complained to the staff (and after some bickering about whether it was alright to eat the practically-still-clucking chicken) their offer was to send it through to the chef to have it cooked some more. My friend rightly said that she didn't want the burger warmed through and wasn't going to pay for her meal. The staff seemed unmoved, and acted put-out when they had to alter the bill. The rest of us salvaged what we could of our meals and headed out.

    The food was below par but what really disappointed most here was the poor quality of service that we ended up receiving. They didn't care enough to keep us there so I won't care enough to give it another try.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/10/2010

    Okay, so I haven't been here in about 5 years. It doesn't matter.  I went here nearly every single week when I was at the uni (and lived across the way).  The pub is comfy and welcoming and I always had a fabulous time.  I ate here only once or twice so I can't really discuss the cuisine, but it's really a lovely pub and I can't help but think fondly of it.

    • Qype User Prof_P…
    • Manchester
    • 5 friends
    • 19 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    29/8/2008

    A great old rambling house, with fabulous grounds perfectly suited to Summer. Except when the Anson Road estate crew are in residence, but that's another tale altogether. Perhaps a little dear for the local students and a bit ragged round the edges, but with potential.

    • Qype User Tofudr…
    • Manchester
    • 10 friends
    • 94 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    Good student pub, quite large too so no problems finding a seat. The drinks are average, lager is very expensive which is disappointing but the cocktails are superb value for money, not the best quality mind you but for the price you can't really complain. The food is okay, not fabulous - the homemade chips though were rather tasty. An okayish place overall - a special mention has to go out to their handdryers in the loo - the best ones ever! They actually dry your hands completely, every public restroom should have Dyson hand dryers.

    • Qype User KevCam…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 360 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    11/6/2012

    Pretty average bar/restaurant for the football and usually pretty dead since its off the beaten track of Oxford Road. It's right next door to the student residences of Dalton-Ellis Hall and Victoria Park campuses. Really nice outdoor terrace for the summer and the drinks on offer are alright for a reasonable price. Food is good with an extensive menu available.

    • Qype User RedBac…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 9 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    11/5/2010

    A little dark and a little pricey, but take a load of friends and you'll have a good night.

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