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A guide to great ale
Article date: 26 Apr 2012

A new guide to Manchester’s pubs and bars features no fewer than nine Wetherspoon pubs.

Published by Greater Manchester CAMRA, the Manchester Pub Guide focuses on the city centre, including five Wetherspoon outlets.

The 112-page full-colour guide, a collaboration among three CAMRA branches covering the area, divides the city centre into six areas, each with its own map and a full description of its pubs, their opening times and the real ales served.

Additional guide sections recommend four further Wetherspoon pubs: The Sedge Lynn, in the suburb of Chorlton; The Ford Madox Brown, in Rusholme; The Milson Rhodes, in Didsbury; The Great Central, in Fallowfield.

John O’Donnell, from CAMRA’s Trafford and Hulme branch, said: “In Manchester, we are very lucky to have some of the best Wetherspoon pubs in the country for cask ale, so it is fitting that so many are featured in the Manchester Pub Guide.

“Within the city centre, both The Waterhouse and The Paramount have recently won an award from their local branch.

“For the Trafford and Hulme branch area, we were only too pleased to feature The Sedge Lynn where, despite very tough competition in the area, manager Gemma Camp and her team serve some of the best real ale and cider around, with an emphasis on local breweries such as Moorhouse’s and Phoenix.

“The Stockport and South Manchester branch chose to feature pubs along the popular Wilmslow Road corridor; it was no surprise that three Wetherspoon pubs were included, given that two of them, The Milson Rhodes and The Ford Madox Brown, have won the ‘pub of the month’ award from the branch in the last year.

“The featured Wetherspoon pubs in the city centre are The Waterhouse (a ‘pub of the season’ award winner in autumn 2011), The Paramount (a ‘pub of the month’ winner for December 2011) and The Manchester & County.

“The line-up is completed by The Moon Under Water (on Deansgate) and The Seven Stars (in the city’s Printworks Entertainment Centre).”

The Manchester Pub Guide is available online, priced at £4.99: www.camragreatermanchester.org.uk

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