Crown and Kettle and Fred’s Ale House among Manchester bars added to the Good Beer Guide

The coveted guide has released its 50th edition, featuring bars spanning Manchester city centre, Chorlton, Monton and more!

By Emma Davidson | 3 November 2022

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The 2023 edition of the Good Beer Guide has been released, and this year over 30 Manchester bars have been added to the esteemed list. 

It includes pubs in places such as Bolton, Levenshulme and Prestwich, as well as a few city centre boozers that serve as the perfect place for an Autumnal pint

Here’s the full list of the 36 pubs that made it into the guide this year:

  • Half Way House, Ashton
  • Tapsters, Ashton
  • Bull’s Head, Astley
  • Hope & Anchor, Bolton
  • Millstone, Bolton
  • Traveller’s Call, Bredbury
  • Crown Inn, Chadderton
  • Wobbly Stamp, Cheadle
  • John Millington, Cheadle Hulme
  • Fell, Chorlton
  • Swan Inn, Dobcross
  • Griffin, Heaton Mersey
  • 3 Drinks Behind, Hyde
  • Thomas Burke, Leigh
  • Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme
  • Ram’s Head, Lowton
  • Traveller’s Rest, Lowton
  • The Abel Heywood, Manchester
  • Crown & Kettle, Manchester
  • Molly House, Manchester
  • Vocation & Co, Manchester
  • Bevi, Marple
  • Monton Tap, Monton
  • Commercial Hotel, Mossley
  • Gillery, Mossley
  • Posthouse, Orrell
  • Stanley Arms, Patricroft
  • Keg, Cask & Bottle, Prestwich
  • Ostrich, Prestwich
  • Royal Oak, Prestwich
  • New Inn, Radcliffe
  • D’Ale House, Rochdale
  • Hoot, Standish
  • Nursery, Stockport
  • Prairie Schooner Taphouse, Urmston
  • Doc’s Alehouse, Wigan

The annual round up is put together each year by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. It’s a huge list of some of the best boozers in the UK, with the North west section itself racking up over 500 entries across Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. 

Speaking to the M.E.N, CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.

“Whilst we experienced a boom in the brewing industry over recent years, it’s clear that the effects of COVID-19 and subsequent cost of living and cost of goods crisis has been keenly felt. I’d encourage everyone to use this Guide to seek out the very best examples of pub excellence and support these locals by visiting them.”

In total, the guide reviews over 4,000 venues across the UK, and also monitors the numbers of working breweries, too. You can get a copy of the new guide below.