The Marble Arch is an exceptional and unique pub on the outskirts of Manchester city centre; it not only serves excellent food but brews its own beer. Clad in attractive granite, its interior is no less appealing. The large bar has a high curved ceiling supported by steel joists, just below is a tiled frieze advertising various spirits and ales. Then it’s tiles to the floor, which slopes to the rear of the building toward the small bar. The whole effect is reminiscent of an enormous butchers shop or fishmongers.
The pub dates from the late 19th century, built for a local brewer and despite a few alterations, it is still a fascinating place. Apparently much of the gorgeous glazing we see was covered up for nearly half a century and only discovered when the pub was refurbished in the 1990’s.
There’s a small dining area at the rear, by the kitchen, but most diners eat in the main bar. The menu is a mix of Thai, Mediterranean and English dishes, such as Thai mussels, grilled halloumi, burgers, fish and chips, sea bass or salmon. There are vegetarian options too, so something for everyone and at sensible prices. With friendly service, great beer, good freshly cooked food and stunning décor, this is one of the best pubs in Manchester.
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