As far as I am aware, the Famous Trevor Arms in Chorlton is not in the slightest bit famous. The same goes for the Famous Crown. They are both in fact the furthest away from famous pubs that I could imagine, and don't attract a famous clientele.
The Famous Crown is a pretty bog-standard pub on the Wilmslow Road in the centre of Didsbury village. And that's what makes it great. It's not one of those yuppy bars on the other side of the road, and it doesn't want to be. It attracts a pretty varied crowd and has a good range of reasonably priced beers and ales on tap as well as a couple of picnic tables out the front.
I've been here for several quiet drinks and to watch a United match, and there's always been a good atmosphere and no trouble at all. They show all major football matches on a big plasma screen and several little screens dotted around the edges.
I don't think that this pub will ever live up to its name. I suppose its only claim to fame could be as one of the 'Didsbury dozen', which are often visited as part of the (in)famous pub crawl.
Situated in the almost picturesque Didsbury, The Crown is a classic suburban old-style pub with a wide range of delicious ales and a classic bar of normal, English drinks.
I'm in full accord with Kirsten regarding the disappointing decline of the classic pub, and thus I too pledge my support for those few remaining ale houses that stand firm against the powerful oncoming tide of middle-class Gastrofication, chain bars and impersonal organic wine cafés.
However, as a slight rejoinder to Kirsten, I would like to state that personally I am in favour of The Station, situated a few paces down the boulevard, rather than The Crown. Where Kirsten rates The Crown highly on the grounds of its traditional authenticity, I feel that The Station is for exactly the same reasons, a greater emblem of old British Publicanism.
For that reason I have given The Crown 3 stars, and The Station 4, in order to level out their ratings. Should I not have felt the need to do this, The Crown would probably have received 4 too, so I'm sorry Crown.
The Famous Crown is another decent pub in Didsbury. Not the best, but certainly one for the pub crawl!
Something always brings me back to this pub! Despite the review below, I've only ever had good experiences with the staff - they are so friendly, particularly the Landlord. The pub has good beers and ciders too, including an impressive range of cask ales, which change regularly. They show sport quite often, but the pub never seems to get overly packed, even when there's a big game on, so you can still go in for a pint and get a seat!
Another old boozer (amongst a few) in Didsbury village. Been coming here on and off for years and it's never really changed - dark and with sectioned off rooms/alcoves (as I like em!) and with a constant flow of regulars and business types (during the day). Usual set of beers (one or two cask ales) and healthy enough collection of whiskeys and wines. They do a Sunday roast for £5.95 which seems reasonable.
During the summer (remember them?) the patio doors are opened up overlooking Wilmslow road and out too come the beer tables. That's usually my barometer for British Summer Time when this happens and not some seemingly arbitrary point on an ancient calender! Adds to the buzz of Didsbury village life all the same.
As with most other pubs in the area (and no doubt country) the Crown has a quiz night (Tuesday); large screens for Sky footy and wireless internet so you can surf, sup and nibble your nuts whilst have banter with the good looking and loquacious bar staff.
Oh and they're starting up 'Medium nights' soon, though if you were interested you'd already know that right?
Atmosphere's not bad, but when I went in with my girlfriend the ale was awful. Tasted really sour. We sent the first two pints back and only managed half each of the replacements (different beer). I don't know if they're not bothering to clean the lines or what, but I'm not going back.
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