letting the good times roll

Since 1776

You can’t just create a sense of history: You have to earn it.

And the 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into its bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t out your finger on. It’s in its people. In its memories. And in the layers of history built up over centuries of experience.

The Castle Hotel started life as The Crown and Sceptre in 1776, although records show that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1400s. Over the course of a century the pub changed name several times, trading first as The Crown and Sceptre, then The Crown and Anchor and later The Clock Face. In the late nineteenth century the pub was acquired by Kay’s Atlas Brewery and started a new chapter as The Castle Hotel; which is probably when the current tiled façade and bar were added. In the early 1930s Frederic Robinsons took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.

The pub’s now deeply cemented relationship with the city’s music scene probably began when it was a stopping off point for to people on their way to Band on the Wall, though it was strengthened with involvement from John McBeith, who later helped launch The Roadhouse.

In 1979, a now legendary John Peel interview with Ian Curtis took place here, weaving The Castle further into the fabric of Manchester’s musical heritage. The Castle’s custodian at the time was Kath Smethurst, who put on local band nights in the back room and furthered the pub’s reputation as a musical and creative hub. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times, Kath passed away, and The Castle closed its doors in 2008.

This cherished public house was not to remain closed for long though, and in 2009 friends Jonny Booth and Rupert Hill took ownership of The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life. After an period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with its rich heritage, the renovation was completed in October 2010 with the grand unveiling of the new Music Hall and Theatre at In The City 2010.

So that’s the story so far. And now The Castle Hotel is ready for its next chapter; one which will see this historical drinking house continue to evolve at the beating heart of Manchester’s creative communities. So come along, pull up a stool, and become a part of our story.

The Northern Quarter's Original

Ale House

With ten cask handpulls, traditional pub snacks, the best jukebox in Manchester, live music and entertainment every week, we're your local pub in the heart of the city.
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Titanic Brewery: Iceberg (Stoke-on-Trent) 4.1%

    A combination of Maris Otter pale malt and fine wheat malt, give this refreshing beer real zest. Add fresh tasting Yakima Galena and Cascade hops and what you get is a fantastic wheat beer that will hole any passing thirst.

    Titanic Brewery was founded in Burslem Stoke on Trent in 1985. Burslem was the Mother town of the Potteries and had many great names who had started their careers amongst the bottle kilns and smoke. In Etruria just down the road Captain Edward John Smith was born. He would go on to command the world’s most famous liner. It is in honour of him that the brewery was named. 

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    English wheat beer
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Robinson’s: Build A Rocket Boys (Stockport) 4.0%

    Band members sampled a range of Robinsons’ ales to shortlist their preferred style of beer, taste and colour before deciding on a golden ale with a rich rounded body, smooth bitterness, subtle tang of malt and fruity aroma. elbow’s ale is a premium session bitter.

    The Unicorn Brewery rests over the foundations of the Unicorn public house, purchased in 1938 by William Robinson from Samuel Hole. By 1849 William had remarried leaving George, his oldest son to run the inn. At this time George started to brew the first Robinsons ale. William’s younger son Frederic took the helm from George in 1859.

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    Golden Ale
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Robinson’s Unicorn (Stockport) 4.3%

    A magnificent pale tart and thirst quenching bitter beer full of rich malt and hops, complimented by the complex aromas of Golding hops giving a long dry finish with citrusy notes.

    The Unicorn Brewery rests over the foundations of the Unicorn public house, purchased in 1938 by William Robinson from Samuel Hole. By 1849 William had remarried leaving George, his oldest son to run the inn. At this time George started to brew the first Robinsons ale. William’s younger son Frederic took the helm from George in 1859.

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    Traditional Bitter
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Hartley’s Brewery: Cumbria Way (Cumbria) 4.1%

    Named after the epic 70-mile amble across Lakeland, this full-bodied beer plays a spicy, fruity note on the nose, and a sweet, citrus tone on the taste buds. Topped off with a long, dry finish and a good bitterness level brought on by the Goldings hops.

    Based in The Old Brewery, brewing commenced in 1755. On the 17th July 1896, the Old Brewery was conveyed to Robert & John Hartley and on 29th December 1919 Hartley’s (Ulverston) Limited was incorporated. The company was acquired by Robinsons in 1982.

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    Pale Golden Bitter
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Weston’s: Old Rosie (Herefordshire) 7.3%

    Award winning Old Rosie is allowed to settle naturally after fermentation, resulting in a truly old-fashioned, full flavoured and cloudy scrumpy with a well balanced medium character. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

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    Medium Dry Cider
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde (Stockport) 3.8%

    This straw-coloured summer ale is brimming with distinctive herbal aromas. A light, refreshing beer, Dizzy Blonde has a clean, zesty, hop-dominated palate; complemented by a crisp, dry finish.

    The Unicorn Brewery rests over the foundations of the Unicorn public house, purchased in 1938 by William Robinson from Samuel Hole. By 1849 William had remarried leaving George, his oldest son to run the inn. At this time George started to brew the first Robinsons ale. William’s younger son Frederic took the helm from George in 1859.

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    A Hazy Golden Beer
  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Cherry Valentine Presents The Midbeats

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  • On Tap

    Tasting Notes: Robinsons: Trooper (Stockport) 4.8%

    TROOPER is a deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavours with a subtle hint of lemon. Real depth of character with complex hop notes using a combination of Goldings, Bobec and Cascade Hops. Bruce Dickinson, Maiden’s vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer.

    The Unicorn Brewery rests over the foundations of the Unicorn public house, purchased in 1938 by William Robinson from Samuel Hole. By 1849 William had remarried leaving George, his oldest son to run the inn. At this time George started to brew the first Robinsons ale. William’s younger son Frederic took the helm from George in 1859.

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    Golden lemon and malt

Our Events

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    Fri 18 April

    DHP Presents A Plastic Rose

    with guests

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    Sat 19 April

    Gizeh Records Presents Gymnast

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    Sun 20 April

    Heal The Last Stand, Andy Hickie & Honour Cann

    First Draft Poster

    Mon 21 April

    First Draft

    A Cabaret night of bits and bobs of performance, polished or in progress….in the pub!

    Tue 22 April

    Beirut Sessions Presents Postcards **CANCELLED**

    with guests

    IAYA poster for web

    Wed 23 April

    Jezebel Music Presents I Am Your Autopilot

    with guests

    Idle Giants

    Absinthe Anne

    Thu 24 April

    Crowfoot Records Presents Micah Blue Smalldone

    with guests

    Fri 25 April

    Thinking Wishful Presents Sunday Morning Cartoons

    with guests

    The Ruby Dukes

    Trapped In Autumn

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    Sat 26 April

    Pull Up The Roots Presents Georgia Ruth

    with guests

    Mon 28 April

    Jamie Lawson, Matt Tiller & Little Rach

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    Tue 29 April

    Red Balloon Presents Literature Thieves

    with guests

    Natalie McCool

    Bad Language

    Wed 30 April

    Bad Language

    Bad Language is a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing.

    They have worked with Manchester Museum, Not Part Of, Literature Across Frontiers, Waterstones, Nightjar Press, Jigsaw and Tindal Street Press amongst others. Their nights have seen performances from the likes of Max Wallis, Jenn Ashworth, Roy Macfarlane, Jo Bell, David Gaffney, Tom Fletcher, Emma Jane Unsworth, Rodge Glass, Stuart Maconie and many more.

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    Thu 1 May

    DHP Presents HIGHASAKITE

    with guests

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    Sat 3 May

    Ape House Duke & The Darlings, Alastair James Dickie

    Gambles for print

    Sun 4 May

    Jezebel Music Presents Gambles

    with guests

    Beta All Dayer Web

    Mon 5 May

    DHP Presents Beta All Dayer

    Castle – Gullivers – Night And Day

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    The Districts, Phox, Wet, Lizzo, Oliver Wilde, Seoul, Prides and more

    Are We Strangers Now

    Tue 6 May

    Red Balloon Presents Are We Strangers Now?

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    Thu 8 May

    Comfortable On A Tightrope Presents Hysterics

    with guests

    Hey Manchester

    Fri 9 May

    Hey! Manchester Presents Cavan Moran

    with guests

    Elle Mary & The Bad Men

    Poster - 10th May 14

    Sat 10 May

    Thinking Wishful Presents The Hero Complex

    with guests

    Absolute Zeros

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    Sun 11 May

    Poleroid Theatre Presents Write It : Mic It

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    Mon 12 May

    DHP Presents Ethan Johns

    with guests

    Tue 13 May

    Rampant Readings

    Wed 14 May

    Tri-Tone Presents Girl Friend & Glass Caves

    Thu 15 May

    Hugo Kensdale EP Launch

    with guests

    The Winter Project

    Guy Connor

    OEJ poster

    Fri 16 May

    One Eyed Jack ‘Rocket In The Thatch’ Album Launch

    with guests

    Poster - 17th May 14

    Sat 17 May

    Thinking Wishful Presents Cultures

    with guests

    Porter’s Forces

    T J Lee

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    Sun 18 May

    The Bubbler

    Based on Satan’s fall from grace in Paradise Lost, this critically acclaimed, Manchester Theatre Award nominated new play, was written in response to the summer riots of 2011. In a world where happiness and unhappiness collide (and bar-staff bear the brunt) Neil Bell gives a performance that will leave you catching your breath, as embittered Cash Generator boss Peter embarks on an opinionated battle of wills with easy-going everyman, Paul.

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    Thu 22 May

    Jess Roberts EP Launch

    with guests

    Seamus McGloughlin

    Laura Oakes

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    Fri 23 May

    GeHo Presents Littlemores & The Sailmakers

    Sat 24 May

    Demons of Ruby Mae

    with guests

    Bad Language

    Wed 28 May

    Bad Language

    Bad Language is a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing.

    They have worked with Manchester Museum, Not Part Of, Literature Across Frontiers, Waterstones, Nightjar Press, Jigsaw and Tindal Street Press amongst others. Their nights have seen performances from the likes of Max Wallis, Jenn Ashworth, Roy Macfarlane, Jo Bell, David Gaffney, Tom Fletcher, Emma Jane Unsworth, Rodge Glass, Stuart Maconie and many more.

     

    Fri 30 May

    Maia

    with guests

    Are We Strangers Now

    Tue 3 June

    Red Balloon Presents Are We Strangers Now?

    Other Room

    Wed 4 June

    The Other Room Presents Experimental Poetry

    Beta

    Thu 5 June

    Beta Presents Paws

    with guests

    Sun 6 July

    Ofelia Dorme & Gramlines

    Sat 12 July

    Unkeepable

    with guests