You’re never far away from a good pint in Manchester and now we have an award to prove it. The National Pub & Bar Awards has revealed this week its 2023 list of top boozers across the country, with one drinking hole in Ancoats making the cut and representing the city as one of the best pubs.
The National Pub & Bar Awards event aims to showcase the UK’s finest pubs and bars on a national scale, crowns the best venues within 94 counties across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Crown and Kettle in Ancoats, famed for its lovely windows and historic ceiling, has been named among the best in the North West ahead of the final.
One of the oldest pubs in Manchester, it scooped a prestigious County Winner title which saw it listed alongside four other venues in the North West. Representing Greater Manchester as the only pub recognised from the region on the National Pub & Bar Awards 2023 list, The Crown and Kettle boasts plenty of history.
Built in 1736, it’s survived just about everything in that time and the closest The Crown & Kettle has come to complete closure was when it fell victim to an arson attack. The fire nearly destroyed the pub in 1989 and has lead to create a unique appearance for the pub which sits on the corner of Great Ancoats Street’s junction with Oldham Road. One half of the ceiling was kept in its charred state, while the other remains in its original colours.
The other pubs to make the list are The Bay Horse Inn in Cumbria, The Swan at Marbury in Cheshire, The White Bull at Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, and The Windmill, Southport in Merseyside. All of the 94 County Winners will be invited to the National Pub & Bar Awards Grand Final, which will take place at 30 Euston Square, London, on Wednesday 28 June and here’s hoping The Crown and Kettle brings it home to Manchester.