FIRST LOOK: The abandoned Ancoats pub that's been given a makeover: Edinburgh Castle

Opening up this week, the historic Edinburgh Castle in Ancoats has been brought back to life by the team behind Cottonopolis.

By Steven Pankhurst | 13 November 2019

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The abandoned Victorian pub, which dates back to 1811, will finally re-open on Thursday 14th November with the first floor 36 cover restaurant opening Tuesday 26th November.

The pub’s ethos is to be the ideal local – a ‘proper boozer with a proper pint’. A place that the Ancoats residents couldn’t live without, because everyone knows the beating heart of a neighbourhood is the local.

The pub, located on the ground floor, will serve food ‘with a traditional angle’ from 12pm – 8pm Monday to Friday. Expect to see pies, game and favourites such as fish and chips.

There is a brunch menu served on the weekends (10am-3pm) and a sumptuous Sunday Roast which the Edinburgh Castle already hope to be a firm favourite, served each Sunday 12-8pm.

Upstairs in the 36-cover restaurant, the focus has been to bring good British food with provenance to the menu.

Chef Julian Pizer has put huge emphasis on seasonality and local suppliers here – not working on calendar season, but the strong, close relationship that he and his team have with the suppliers.

This will see the menu driven by this. “Our aim is to make full use of our ingredients, dictated by the British seasons,” states Pizer.

There is a dish on the menu which is already destined to be the signature; Bees Waxed Aged Beef. There is a wonderful story behind the development of this dish – we don’t want to give too much away but we urge you to find out on your visit.

Gethin Jones is the man behind the drink element at Edinburgh Castle. Not only does he promise that the pub focus will be on a good pint, Guinness on tap, a ‘solid’ Irish Coffee, guests of Edinburgh Castle can expect a strong whisky offering and a very considered gin list.


Edinburgh Castle Ancoats will officially open to the public on Thursday 14th November from 8pm with the following opening hours thereafter:
Sunday – Thursday : 10am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday : 10am – midnight