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A Victorian pub run by the same family for just over 40 years. Very friendly and great atmosphere. Has a quirky layout with several rooms and a proper victorian bar with stained glass surround and hand pumps. The Pev is a Manchester institution; most people who have ever lived in Manchester know the Pev. It is unpretentious and is how pubs used to be…a room for whatever mood you are in, a lounge type room to relax in, a games room to have a laugh with firends and a vault if you fancy a night of serious drinking and table football.
very handy for a drink before or after The Bridgewater or The Palace Theatre. Regarded by many, me included as the best pub in Manchester.
In case you didn't know, Peveril of the Peak was the name of a stagecoach that journeyed from Market St to London via Derbyshire in 23 hours. And Peveril of the Peak was a historical Derbyshire character who inspired the novel by Walter Scott. A plenty of Northern connections in one spot in Manchester city centre.
The pub has stood on this spot since 1820, but the unique tiled exterior dates from 1920s. It is a traditional English pub, so don't expect to find anything fanciful... except, of course, the name and the exterior of this little gem.
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Phil Chambers, 22 March 2010:
The Peveril of the Peak is a proper old man's pub, which is just one of the few things which makes it so brilliant. And that's before we mention its distinctive triangular shape, the bottle green tiles which cover each and every wall of the place and the fact that its roof always appears to play host to a washing line which the landlady appears to air her underwear on on an almost daily basis.
Don't go in expecting any fancy foreign beers or airs and graces here, although the Peveril does offer an excellent range of real ale. The staff are always friendly, and usually more than happy to chip in with an anecdote or two about Manchester and its past.
I particularly love going here when the nights start drawing in, and I can hold court in one of its many corners with a bunch of friends, putting the world to rights over a pint of ale or five, and gawking at the numerous pictures of celebrities which line its walls.
This tiny green tiled pub is something of a curio in Manchester city centre, mainly because it's green and tiled.
It's also a funny shape and just sat there in amongst a load of generic city buildings. It's almost like someone asked it to move and it stuck its heels and said "Nope. Not moving. Nope."
And with this resistance comes a charming unwillingness to update what goes on inside.
Basically, it's a codger of a pub that prides itself on the drinks poured and the smell of the carpet.
In the summer months, it's great sitting outside on the assembled tables, which give the impression of just being plonked on a bit of unused road.
There's nothing slick about this place at all... which makes it all the more brilliant. As it's so small, it can be tough getting a seat there... you've been warned.
It's a fine little ale house though.
Do you like old things things and beer? I do. That’s why I love the Pev. It's a charming old pub with a distinctive green tiled exterior that really grabs your attention. Inside, there’s just as much character, as well as some great real ales to choose from!
The atmosphere is electric in here, especially at the weekends. However, it’s quite a small place and it’s very popular, so you’ll need to arrive early if you want to get a seat.
on the plus side the beer is excellent (they had Deuchars IPA & 2 Copper Dragon ales on when I visited), but on the downside the pub is distinctly bare-boards and old, both in looks and smell. And if you enter from Gt Bridgewater St you’ll be confused how you get to the bar to see the pump clips as the entrance is through more sets of doors. Fine if you like harking back to bygone times over a decent pint.
A great pub, which used to be my local and unfortunately isn’t any longer. One of Manchester’s classic pubs, this has not changed much over the years, which adds to its charm. Located near Temple Bar and Rain Bar near the city centre. Usually fairly busy, particularly at weekends. The staff are very friendly, and the atmosphere is lively but relaxed. There are plenty of unusual beers and ales on offer which is another attraction. Features a very old-school wooden table football table. The Peveril has photos of all the famous people that have visited - once I left something there and on returning the next day to collect saw that Gary Neville had booked it out for him and some friends! Really good traditional pub
one of the great old manchester pubs located over the road from rainbar and near briton protection, good for bridgewater gigs. Always friendly atmosphere and good selection of beer, better priced than most of the boozers in town too
This is another old favourite of mine. I’m only sorry I live so far away that I cannot come here more often.
I love this place for the way it looks (fantastic in and out), the way it’s held on to its identity, that it’s got a pool table, the atmosphere is confident, old fashioned and authentic. The tiles on the outside are so lovely. I am a fan of old Manchester. I’m not taken with the vast majority of changes to the city since the bomb, so coming to places like these that I used to come to before then, I really appreciate. It’s still real. See what you think.
CSKA Mancunian - thats a blast from the past- played their home table footy games at the Pev from 1982 -84 and I bet not many mancs know that! Sadly, like City, CSKA moved onto a newer posher environment but unlike Maine Road the Pev survives like a beacon to all the was right about latter day taverns. The Maine Road similies continue - whimsically built to no overall scheme, heaving one night empty the next, atmospheric and with terrible pies - the list is endless. Yet the guys who built it knew what they were doing as it has so many great features that after endless visits - including all those table footy games - you can always find something new. Havent been in for a while as out of Manchester but heading back soon so see you there!
It's a very unique little Victorian pub perched next door to the huge modern Bridgewater Hall that has survived in it's green-tiled glory for decades and continues to be as popular as ever.
There's loads of independent beers and ales inside which is always one of the things that draws me. It can get really busy on the weekend but even in the week, there's always something going on- I really recommend the Tuesday night Irish night where they have fab music and even a bit of traditional dancing if you're lucky.
Inside its all mahogany and they have one of their claims-to-fame displayed proudly on the wall- a pic of the Oasis boys stood outside the pub itself.
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