Lass O' Gowrie
36 Charles Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 7DB
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12-11pm - Mon-Wed
12-12pm - Thurs - Sat
12-10:30pm - Sun
Food served every day (12-2:30pm/5-9pm, Mon-Fri, 12-8pm Sat and 12-5pm Sun)
29 reviews of Lass O' Gowrie in English
A Manchester institution and a rite of passage, “The Lass” embodies all that a great pub should; great beer, good food, staff that know their craft.
It’s location near Oxford Road means the clientele is very mixed; students, office workers and even BBC presenters from across the road.
One of my favourite pubs in Manchester and therefore the world.
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Prof_Peach, 8 June 2012:
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I popped in last night after work and ended up chatting with a group of Polish people who'd come in for the match and a few Greeks at the other end. And it was on in Polish, not that I speak Polish but it was lovely all the same. There were even calls for Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads - a play based on the sitom that's as old as I am! Now that was novel.
Beer was pleasant and good value at £1.99 a pint for betty's Best and the fish and chips was half price.
It's a pub that tries hard with new ideas and whilst not every idea works, full marks for effort and imagination. A good place to start my pub crawl in that part of town.
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Prof_Peach, 8 June 2012:
Hi – I’m a manager at the Lass and I have to say, I just don’t recognise the pub you describe, sorry.
Aside from the very generalised nature of the comments, not mentiing any specifics on your first and only review here (and, incidentally looking very similar to your other one and only review here – http://www.yelp.co.uk/user_details?userid=soO8rX69TOpAFs6...).
Yes, there are currently only 5-6 ale pumps in use but there’s nothing new in that, it’s what pubs that go quieter in the Summer months due to the lack of football and students do. It’s still more choice than the vast majority of outlets in our local area.
If the lager was ‘bad’ then the standing policy (as with ale) is to replace, no quibbles. That goes for me and my fellow managers. If this didn’t happen, I’d like to know when and who as all I can say is ‘not on my watch’.
I’m pleased we ‘used to be good’, but it’s the same core team and the same ownership since 2005.
I’d be genuinely interested in hearing more information on the specifics of the complaint and if it’s true, I’ll move heaven and earth to make it right. But if it’s just as it appears – a general whinge and, in the case of the Yelp review full of inaccuracies, then I’ll have to assume sadly it’s a general attack by a poster who is registering with as many review sites as possible with the sole aim of criticising us.
jchapp, 8 June 2012:
I’m a first time blogger and moved on to yelp as I prefer it, this is why I have written two similar posts. I wish that my first post wasn’t negative but my experience of the lass o’ gowrie has moved me to this.
These are my experiences that I have had in the lass of the past year or so, as stated before I did like the pub before. This is not a general whinge or general attack on you.
I’m not a fussy drinker and would rarely take a pint back to a bar. I have however over the past 12 months returned a few pints in your establishment and have never experienced your standing policy to replace a beer. The only response I have met is ‘everyone else is drinking it’ or ‘there is nothing wrong with it’. The last time this happened a female member of staff then not so subtly suggested I drink elsewhere.
Prof_Peach, 8 June 2012:
Hi jchapp – thanks for getting back to me.
Well, that certainly gives food for thought. However, a general observation of unhappiness which may be based on a few things not going right over a longer period is different to a single incident which can be looked at and learned from.
In particular though, I am outraged that you would be treated by that for bringing back a beer which you are not happy with. Ales come back for a range of reasons I find. Occasionally, it’s the end of a barrel, occasionally it’s not right to begin with and equally occasionally, it’s quite a hoppy brew which is not what the drinker was expecting.
Regardless of the above, the policy is and should always be to exchange for another pint of something different, no quibbles and investigate.
I will be posting this review and comments up on the staff board as a reminder of how not to do it and will make sure the policy is seriously followed through.
I would really appreciate a more detailed discussion about where you feel we are going wrong via PM. In a tricky, fast moving business like this it’s inevitable that we don’t get it right all the time, but I do struggle with the description you paint too.
Prof_Peach, 8 June 2012:
Hi Jchapp. I’ve looked further and investigated with the staff concerned and I’m sorry, but your experience doesn’t ring true. Sometimes, you just have to trust your own instincts. In particular, I’m struck by the similarities to two brand new reviewers and reviews over at yelp – http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/lass-o-gowrie-manchester.
We welcome honest feedback and after all, how elsse would we learn. But given my experience at this pub for seven years, and having searched deep inside me and challenging staff I don’t believe any of our staff would behave like this. It’s not our staff and I don’t buy this review, sorry. Perhaps this may illuminate… http://pb-n.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/how-you-might-limit-da...
A must visit to anyone new to the area, frequented by old school mancs, students, BBC types and anyone who happens to be passing the Lass O’ Gowrie is part of the fabric of Manchester.
Food is basic but very well priced.
One of my favourite pubs in Manchester. Lass O' Gowrie is a fantastic place for both drink and food. The pub has a good selection of beers, a great jukebox and always has plenty going on at night, whether it be a quiz, or live football.
The Lass O'Gowrie isn't so much a pub as a Mancunian institution - and has seemingly been around since the year dot. Indeed, my Grandad used to tell me tales of how he'd have to drag his Dad out of there during the war when air raid sirens went off.
Stepping through its huge oak pannelled doors, you can see the reason why it's lasted the test of time. This is a pub full of history and vibrancy - as well as some seriously tasty real ales. Take it from me, if you have a CAMRA member in your life, then the Lass O'Gowrie is definitely the place to take them for a swift half. Apparently the owners of the Lass used to brew their own ales on site - however nowadays you're more likely to find pumps full of artisan beers from local breweries, which are always expertly pulled by one of its rather friendly selection of bar staff.
The Lass has come a long way over the course of the past few years. Whilst previously it was a rather dilapidated looking place usually only frequented by old men and employees from the BBC across the road, now it teems with all sorts of life - something which is no small part down to the efforts of its new owners. They really appear to have taken into consideration what people might want from a local pub, and so frequently host gigs and comedy nights, show major football matches, and even have their own 'Computer Club' for all the friendly local neighbourhoods gigs. They also do a stonking selection of food which includes what may be the best pies in Manchester.
I love the Lass - it's welcoming, friendly and you're always sure of a decent pint. Pubs of this calibre are few and far between, and frankly, it deserves to be around for many many more years to come.
If you like drinking weird and wonderful real ales, you’ll love this place. It used to brew its own onsite (you can still see some of the equipment they used…) But now their lovely old wooden bar is lined with pumps containing tasty brews from microbreweries instead.
The Lass O’Gowrie is a traditional pub in many respects, but it also caters really well for geeks like me! There’s lots of books to read if you pop in for a quick pint alone, as well as retro arcade games and a regular computer club. They even showed the first episode of Dr Who with Matt Smith as the Doctor. My friend came and said the atmosphere was incredible, with everyone whooping during the exciting bits!
This pub also has a beer garden (well, a beer balcony), which overlooks the canal and was opened by Johnny Vegas. However, like the rest of the pub, it’s really popular and you may have to linger to get a seat during peak times. Still, it’s well worth the wait; this is a great pub!
I've been going to Lass since 2007 when I first stepped over its threshold in the company of Manchester bloggers. Somehow Lass came to be mostly associated with this digital scene, as well as passionate football fans.
It is a traditional Irish pub, with lots of great ales and good wines. It is conveniently located for all those who live and work between Gay Village and Oxford Road. Because the Manchester University halls of residence are close, as well as Manchester Business School and UMIST, Lass O' Gowrie is frequented by students and professors alike. It is a city centre version of the original KRO, if only a bit more historic and less spacious.
Ah! The Lass O' Gowrie.
If you like good, proper ale, this place will make you stagger about giddily, clutching your head as you wooze over the many choices.
When you breathlessly order your first ale, the first sup will tell you that this is a venue that really cares about what comes out of the pumps. I imagine there's a few CAMRA types who talk about The Lass O'Gowrie in hushed tones.
Personally, I think anyone that drinks anything but the ales on tap in there should be shot. Go and drink non-ales elsewhere... there's men with beards who need to fawn over the weird and wonderful guest ales.
Aside from the brilliant bar, there's a lot of comfy old seats and snug rooms and two or three TV screens with the football on should there be a match. Don't let that put you off though non-footy fans... this is the last place you'll find a bunch of reprobates yelling their lungs up at professional sportsmen. The atmosphere here is pretty laid back.
It's a pub that's bigger than you think which should definitely be visited at least once by anyone who lives in Manchester. It really is a sensational pub if you like good booze.
I went to this place on the recommendations from all the qypers who have rated similar places to that I like- mainly pie and ale! I was not dissapointed! it is indeed a comfy, “proper” old pub with original features. I really liked “the snug”, where we sat and ate a hearty home-made pie, with even home-made gravy. Ale was tasty and the staff friendly. I will be back again to check out the open mic’s, retro computer games and quiz’s :)
Another ace city centre boozer that I wish I’d been able to see before the smoking ban. Went there to watch the Lions game and the atmosphere was fantastic. It isn’t the easiest place to get a seat in but there are plenty places to lean on when supping your pints. Will definitely be back to try the food.
This is such a lovely pub. Manchester is full of its trendy bars, but occasionally you will come across a hidden gem sich as Lass O’Gowrie.
Recently been refurbished with a beer garden added, it has kept up with the music trend decoratively, but not succombed to 'keeping up with the Joneses’
Great open mic nights and great tasting beer!
I love this pub. Here’s why it’s a five starrer;
1. Nice, together crowd with a lovely mix of people - old, young, trendy, tweedy, footy, arty. Very rare nowadays.
2. It looks the part - gorgeous old tilework outside, art and trinkets inside
3. It shows the footy, but isn’t full of knuckledragging nutters. You could even take your mum there on a matchday. Both teams seem to be there for most games making a nice atmosphere, especially Liverpool, Newcastle and Villa fans on experience (as well as Utd and City as youy’d expect I guess). and there’s often more than one on. A few weeks ago, there seemed to be around 500 QPR fans having a jolly time in there before playing Manchester Utd. That was a sight, I can tell you.
4. the grub is lovely, wholesome homemade stuff. No drizzles, reductions or other gasto-arse nonsence. The pies are heavenly and roasts nice (try the herby puds of a Sunday, if you get there before they sell, out like I did last week. sniff)
5. tons of ale. What looks like 10, all on a sliding scale of strength and price.
6. Shedloads happening. I can personally recommend the Computer Club (lots of old consoles all set up to play - very good fun), open mic (love the acordian woman) and comedy night (does get busy as i’s at the back of the pub and space can be limited). Not tried anything else, but there’s a lot on by the look of it.
7. Nice staff. often overlooked but vital.
8. Free old arcade machines - nuff said. brilliant.
9. a nice balcony with heating - not that I smoke, but it does look nice enough with lights and bamboo giving that Chrimbo Tenko vibe we all know and love (!)
10. I wanted 10, but can’t think of anything else. Sorry. Still good though!
In a central location, it tends to get full of students. It usually gets too packed especially when they section off half of the bar for a function or something.. The price of the beer is more expensive than most. Visit it as part of a pub crawl but don’t try to make a night of it in there - the people pushing past you to get to the bar or toilet will annoy you very quickly.
Prof_Peach, 24 November 2008:
Oh you mean on Friday night when there was a free gig by 'the Hidden Gem’ available to all punters at the back of the pub? Seems a tough review to give the place 1/5 soley on the basis it was too busy for you IMHO…
rickriley, 24 November 2008:
Nope, I don’t mean on Friday night when there was a free gig by 'the Hidden Gem’ available to all punters at the back of the pub. However, if I do happen upon this, or any other band giving a free performance in there, then I’ll be sure to check them out.
I mean when I have been in (last time about 6 weeks ago) and on a couple of occasions they have had private functions on, making it impossible to move in there.
The rating is also based on the profiteering on the popularity of the pub where the price of drinks has gone up & up in recent years at an even higher rate than the rest of the establishments in the City Centre.
I may be looking at it through rose tinted spectacles, but 4 - 5 years ago The Lass was a regular pub situated just off the beaten track that was a nice place to go. However, in recent years it’s just become a bit to contrite for my liking. Maybe a victim of it’s own success, but if it’s popular and other people like it according to these reviews then I’m obviously in a minority. Doesn’t mean I’m wrong, it’s just my opinion.
thelass, 24 November 2008:
Hello - Lass O’Gowrie here!
Just to clarify, in the last 6 weeks we have had one private booking for the rear of the pub (although the balcony is still accessible to all) on a Thursday night, as well as our regular ToastLive music showcases on the last friday of the month, which is available to all. We do take into consideration the needs of all users and these type of bookings number no more than half a dozen a year - and as a result of our new function room are likely to be less of them, so good for all.
As for the rose tinted specs, I’d agree entirely. Perhaps you don’t understand how the industry works, so a quick crash course for you. The Lass is run as a leasehold (we own the business, a brewery own the building and lease it to us with a lot of conditions attached in terms of what we can and can’t do) meaning in layman’s terms we are tied on a lot of products so cannot sell them as cheap as a freehouse as we pay through the nose for them. It’s like expecting a Spar to be as cheap as ASDA. We’re also in the City Centre and pay a premium in rent and rates compared with, say Bury. These, i’m sad to say are facts.
That said, I’d say our prices compare favourably with other similar tied outfits likethe Briton’s Protection, the English Lounge or the Peveril of the Peak (and that’s before you consider our 3 guest ales at £2.40 all times and £1.95 during happy hour making us considerably cheaper), while locally all our mainline products compare very favourably to the local competition in terms of Odder, o’Sheas, Sand Bar, Trof. We also show all the sport (which ain’t cheap), provide free comedy night, gigs, computer clubs and other events which when taken into account can give people a really affordable night out.
Finally, I like you used to come into the Lass regularly 4-5 years ago and, whilst a reasonably pleasant pub for the football, there was little else to write home about (bar the stuffed fox). It was tatty, dirty, falling apart (and I speak as the man despaired at the shape when we took over in 2005), the ale was variable and the food of the cheapo sub-Iceland frozen variety. Not the fault of the people working, but because the pub had been starved of cash for years. Now it’s in much better shape, has a full programme of sports and events, has all 10 handpulls in use (and is back in the Good Beer Guide) and has proper homemade food at sensible prices (including what the MeN concurred were probably the best pies in Manchester a few weeks ago).
Which is much better in my opinion, but horses for courses. Your opinion is certainly your right. www.thelass.co.uk
Great pub in the city centre, just off Oxford Road. The pub has a fabulous old exterior as you can see from the photo, but the interior is newer. Good selection of real ales, the wine is nothing special though. The food is pretty good. Fabulous pies and other traditional dishes like sausage and mash. Nice little snug as well, with about three tables in it. They show major sporting events on big screens and have a quiz night.
The Lass O’ Gowrie is a really nice pub with lots of character near the centre of Manchester, by the old UMIST campus and the BBC building. A great selection of beers, and good quality food. There is a 2 meals for £5 offer on at lunchtimes. There is a screen for football matches. The only problem with this pub is that it is very small and there is not much seating or space to stand. This is great for the character of the pub, however, it can be difficult to find a spot and it gets full very quickly. Reasonable prices. Definitely worth a visit if you can get a seat.
Now this place kicks. Not 'kicking’, but kicks as one of Manchester’s longest established, genuine boozers. It’s got Character, decor, good beer, good food, and few students ever wonder in here. Only thing it hasn’t got is a late bar which is a great shame cause being thrown out at 11.30 in this so called 24hour city is a joke! Other than that, top marks!
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