Belgian cherry beer? Check. Jukebox jam-packed with indie and Britpop classics? Check. Friendly staff? Check.
This award-winning real ale pub is tucked away in a quiet square in Salford and offers over 100 bottled beers from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as a large variety of continental draught beers.
I went along there for the first time on a Saturday afternoon with a group of friends and enjoyed a warm, cosy couple of hours of drinking Morte Subite Kriek (one of the Belgian cherry lagers on draught) and putting on our favourite Madchester anthems - right up my street, literally!
I will probably end up being a regular :)
Worth the walk out of Man city centre to this great little boozer off Chapel Street in Salford. A fantastic range of belgian beers, and plenty of interesting ales on tap (nod to Wakefield's Fernandes especially appreciated). It's not the most happening place, so perhaps only for beer nerds like me.
Well, lo and behold, I'm having to bump the New Oxford up a star. I'll tell you why I'm remarking it. One drizzly Sunday afternoon, I accompanied Vickie S to watch a couple of football matches in the New Oxford, shortly to be joined by one of our friends. Having been told there was no food at the King's Arms, I assured my mates that the New Oxford doesn't serve grub on Sundays at all. It says so on the website, in reviews, everything. As we arrived a sign greeted us informing us of which days food was served. Monday to Saturday. Cue much lip trembling from the very hungry football fanatics. Even when inside they still tried their luck and asked the bartender if there was any food at all. When met with a negative, as well as a round of drinks we bought a round of crisps. Every Seabrooks flavour you could think of.
And then later, while our friend was enjoying a cigarette outside, the very sweet bartender who'd been lovely to us throughout the ridiculous crisp mountain exchange dropped a packet of mini Cheddars and a packet of pork scratchings on our table. 'Here you go, on me,' he said with a smile. We looked at each other. She, aware of my Yelping duties, turned to me and said, 'I think you're gonna have to add another star.'
'I think so too,' I responded. The pair of us gushed about just how nice that was. Free snacks and very kind service is something so rare in cities, and in that little corner of Salford, on the very outskirts of Manchester city centre, we were privileged to receive such wonderful things. New Oxford, well done. I'll be in to try the food very soon, which I'm sure will be fantastic.
I also tried a new fruit beer. Passionfruit, on tap. To quote Romeo Montague, 'Did my heart love til now?' Heaven in a glass, I assure you. Utter heaven. Is it bad that I'm craving this beverage on a Wednesday morning?
What a good pub should do, a really good pub, is have a large ale selection. The New Oxford has this in spades, as well as a wide selection of fruit beers, immediately throwing it right up the list of great public houses in Manchester. It's worth visiting time and again simply to experience the ever-changing line-up, and I strongly suggest you do.
The food's great as well, all home-cooked and delicious, and the prices are very reasonable considering. Complement this with friendly staff and great decor, and a warm atmosphere, and there's little else you could want. A truly excellent place.
The New Oxford is, for me, the best pub in Manchester! It thoroughly deserves the 5 stars given to it by Emma-Louise. The place is lovely and as she rightly points out, but needs reiterating for the blokes, the range of ales is nothing short of phenomenal. It's impossible to recommend a single one, firstly because they change regularly and secondly because they are all so beautiful. If you drink ale, this place is an absolute must visit! Their own house ale, 'The New Oxford' supplied by Northern Brewery, is usually available, and should not be missed!
There are also a range of fruit beers which though very sweet, are delicious. Emma- Louise writes that she will be soon returning to try the food, and I couldn't encourage her more. The home cooked menu is served from 11am-6pm and was absolutely faultless, like the rest of the pub! So, the Seabrook crisps have been mentioned, and the pork scratchings...but not best bar snack in the wide selection, the Bombay mix! They almost have a snack for every one of their array of beers. Someone should write a guide to which snack compliments each ale most delicately...
It's a lovely place to sit inside, or outside on Bexley Square if it's sunny. It's one of the few places in Salford these days that can claim to be picturesque. It also has a decent Juke Box. The staff are not just nice but unusually helpful and lovely. You can also rent a function room for gatherings.
The only problem, you won't be able to leave without terrible feelings of woe and dismay. And it's only right to give at least a few of the drinks a taste while you're there....
I must confess that I'm slightly shocked at the fact that I'm the first person on Qype to review The New Oxford - particularly as it's pretty much a Chapel Street institution (and pretty much the best pub in Salford).
It may only be a small place, but it's got a wonderfully diverse history behind it. It opened in the 1830s, so has drunk in all of the sights and sounds of working class Salford, has featured in the classic 1941 kitchen sink drama 'Love on the Dole', and infamous Mancunian mardy bloke and iconic frontman Mark E. Smith of The Fall is a regular (although I wouldn't put too much store by this, as he's a regular of pretty much every single pub in Manchester). But above all these things is that fact that it's just an ace little boozer.
It's just the right size to be cute and cozy without being oppressive, it's CAMRA approved, so you're guaranteed to get a cracking pint of the good stuff there, and when it's busy it's atmosphere is downright electric. And now the weather's getting warmer, you'll probably have to get there early if you want to nab yourself a good seat. Take it from me, this place fills up FAST. I've yet to have a pub lunch here, but I have a feeling that when I do, I'll leave feeling very satisfied indeed.
A truly fine pub - and one you really should pop into if you ever find yourself stranded in Salford.
if you like belgian beer this is the place to go,its always busy with the regulars and not many salford pubs can say that these days.
the beers are always top-notch and on form,the landlord and landlady are the nicest couple you could wish to meet,i try to get in at least once a day to catch up with the goings on
this pub is my local and i am proud of that fact
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