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  • 43 Liverpool Road
    Castlefield

    Manchester M3 4NQ
    Castlefield
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  • Phone number 0161 832 7373

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  • 3.0 star rating
    9/6/2014

    It's odd here.  Great garden, good food and decent djs....but why does it have to be so expensive? And for generic lager too. It has some beautiful MUFC and Mancunian memorabilia..... and I come here often....but why oh why is it so expensive?

    I love it. I hate it. I'm obviously a sucker.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/6/2014

    The White Lion has a decent sized beer garden which is nice to sit out in on a warm Summer's evening as it doesn't get as busy as the ones in nearby Castlefield. Inside isn't so great. I know its a traditional boozer but it does look a little dated and lacks atmosphere. The drinks are quite pricey too. However if you want a relaxed drink or two off the beaten track the White Horse is a decent option.

  • 2.0 star rating
    13/7/2014

    I was not impressed I thought the staff were very rude the service was poor. I ordered a Cajun chicken salad and I know cajun chicken is hot and spicy but this food was ridiculous the spices way too much and overpowering to the point of my eyes were watering and the croutons were greasy on the home not a great meal.

  • 2.0 star rating
    7/5/2013

    Not sure what to make of this place traditional pub with a great beer garden. The drinks are kind of pricey it was £8 for 2 pints of strongbow which would be expensive in Edinburgh. Noticed that they sold chinese food which seemed odd, but kind of cool. One of the reviewers mentioned men behaving badly below and I couldnt put it better myself. The staff were kind of grumpy but helpful none the less. I think a lot of this was the way the patrons were speaking to them. The booze selection is standard vodka, shooters, rum etec The food however looked amazing when it was being served to other peoples tables.

    They would have got 3 stars as there was nothing wrong with the place, except the locals realy were not friendly at all.  There was a music festival close by that we had attended and there were people actually saying we shouldnt be in the pub as it is their pub blah blah... you get the gist. There were various other situation, but hey ho there are other pubs that were very accomodating that evening.

    If you are passing during the day and need some food pop in you wont be disappointed. If you want decent booze or somewhere to relax of an evening and arent local then maybe find somewhere else.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/2/2010

    The White Lion is a decent pub, certainly worthy of a visit, but its just unfortunate in that its situated in an area so richly adorned with lovely pubs that this one appears more average than it really is.

    Along the same road as Cask, one of the nicest bars in Manchester and not very far from the award-winning Knott bar, The White Lion is an authentic old-style pub with an extensive drinks range and plenty of custom.  They've got a great selection of cask ales, as is fitting with this type of pub, and some of these are even locally brewed.

    They also serve some Chinese food which is apparently nice, though I have yet to try it, as I find pubs selling Chinese to be a far less appealing prospect than is pubs selling pub food or Chinese restaurants selling Chinese food. Perhaps I'm just too old fashioned.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/9/2009
    First to Review

    With a huge beer garden situated within the crumbling walls of an old Roman settlement the White Lion was already something of an attention grabber but when it decided to merge the two best things that can happen on a Friday night, ie beer & chinese food, well.... it turned itself into some kind Men Behaving Badly wet dream.
    That's right, an actual Chinese take away........ in a pub!*
    (* for best results read in the style of Jeremy Clarkson)
    The pub itself is traditional in style and always full of (ever fattening) regulars. It is quite pricey but then so is a taxi to the nearest Chinese at closing time!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/2/2010

    This must be what pubs used to be like. It's cold and pretty dark - blinding light streaming through the windows rendering everything somewhat dull - before the smoking ban a smog used to hang in the air - wooden floors that creak - but you can always go outside.

    The beer garden is fenced in a little but rests on the verge of what used to be a Roman Fort. Much better. In the summer - in t-shirt weather - it's gorgeous - cold pint, pub chips, good friends. The same can be said of the inside in the winter - when they turn the heating on - and the lights.

    Not inexpensive, but there's enough cask ale and Chinese food to make up. See, what it lacks in comfort it more than makes up with character, atmosphere - as far away as you can get from the grotty sheen of Wetherspoons.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/5/2010

    Average. I like the big beer garden with the Roman ruins in sight. But White Lion is overcast with the Ox down from it and Cask up from it.

    Also, when I was in here, I wasn't a fan of the comments made by drunken old men. Very inappropriate and rude. The owner/manager did apologise pathetically and I guess you can't control a drunkard but well it spoiled our drink.

    Fridays and Saturdays is now a Soul music extravaganza. Shakers, soothers, shufflers and steppers it advertises. Tryng to be a little different then.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/2/2010

    The White Lion wears an iconic British pub name and can take pride in some of its furniture and food. Drinks are very traditional, which is a good fit for football fans who frequent the pub.

    The white lions at the entrance indicate that once upon a time this must have been a very reputable and stylish place. Today it mashes beer with a Chinese afternoon menu and Sky Sports, a rather eccentric combination even for the most peculiar taste. (Traditional English food is still available, though, and their lamb shanks are very yummy). Still, the outdoor sitting area is fine for lazy summer evenings, and, to save your watching the busy Liverpool Road you can instead cast your eyes on the reconstructed Mamucium fort nearby. And if you fancy a quick stroll between the beers, do see Sheep sculpture on the way to the remains of the Roman fort. The sculpture by Ted Roocroft is one of Manchester's best-hidden gems.

    Overall, for the first ever visit, unless you are a football fan, ready to immerse yourself in the cheer and jeer, choose a relaxed mid-week afternoon when there is no footie on TV. And if you want a real football fan experience in the middle of the city, go to The While Lion when Manchester City plays against Manchester United...

    • Qype User mofgim…
    • Manchester
    • 60 friends
    • 248 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/4/2010

    Tucked out of the way down Liverpool Rd is a decent little pub by the name of The White Lion. Now, for the Manchester United fans amongst you, you either already know the pub or really should know about it.

    You see, this is something of a shrine to the Red Devils. Now, that's not to say it's got a bust of Lou Macari on the bar and urinals that look like George Best's earhole or something, but rather, it's a pub that trades on Man United games. The walls have doodles of United players and the pub shows the matches when they're on and, come match day, the massive beer garden holds a lot of good natured Reds.

    Don't let that put you off non-footy fans. When the football isn't on there's a mellow pub to drink in with fine ales on tap and one of the weirdest menus you're likely to see anywhere. Basically, the food on offer is a mixture of traditional English pub fodder, Caribbean food and Chinese.

    At the weekends, DJs play '60s soul (not at ear rupturing levels) so you can sink IPAs whilst nodding along to some Aretha.

    The landlady is as mad as a box of frogs too. A fine little pub.

    • Qype User mr_omn…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 30 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/4/2011

    Nice pub with a large beer garden. Drink prices are reasonable, but i live in London so everything seems reasonable!

    Seemingly very busy on football days but was busy enough on my bsnk holiday friday visit.

    There are some Roman Ruins to look at, if thats your thing and MOSI is across the road

    • Qype User shiver…
    • Manchester
    • 7 friends
    • 92 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    8/3/2009

    Went for a quick drink here. Very average pub too many TV's on and too many one armed bandit type things flashing like piper alpha. The Ox further down is much more civilised. Won't be going back, needs a refurb and the toilets smelled of hammers.

    • Qype User Weave…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 36 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/11/2008

    A strange sort of pub in the Castlefield area of Manchester. Just recently they have had some sort of a Chinese insurgence in the kitchen, so although the exterior may look like a traditional sort of English pub with traditional English beer, they now offer a typically Chinese menu to go with it. It's a good menu though, i think they pretty much teamed up with a Chinese takeaway business and the prices are pretty much to that effect.
    There is a great outdoor seating area just on the outskirts of a small park, which is obviously a lot more busy in the summer. It can get particularly crowded when there are events on in the area, or if any of the Manchester teams are playing on TV a large crowd will often gather here as there are about 4 TVs to watch the games on, including one large screen in the back. The few times i've been there to watch games a local radio station has been in attendance as well.
    All in all it's a fine traditional pub with a strange, somewhat welcome, Chinese twist. I'm just not sure if it was better when they served typical British food swimming in gravy.

    • Qype User elvin1…
    • Manchester
    • 17 friends
    • 43 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/7/2010

    The white Lion has a huge beer garden situated within the crumbling walls of an old Roman settlement. The White Lion is a traditional style pub. The main attraction being the outside space. Drinks can also be a bit pricy.

    • Qype User dhulst…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 14 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/1/2012

    great manchester boozer, every friday night from 7 playing the best in northern soul and motown class a regular meeting place for the manchester soul music collective

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