letting the good times roll
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
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.
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.Medium Dry Cider
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.Traditional Bitter
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.A Hazy Golden Beer
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.English wheat beer
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.Golden lemon and malt
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.Golden Ale
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.Pale Golden Bitter
Thu 12 December
Hey! Manchester Presents Xenia Rubinos
Fri 13 December
Norris & Parker
The NOrthern Quarter Boys Choir
Sat 14 December
Glasswerk Presents Prose
Wed 18 December
On The Grind Presents Death MAsks, Neil Jarvis & Ratfangs
Thu 19 December
NN Live Presents Loom ‘Seasons Beatings Tour’
I See Angels
Fri 20 December
A Second Night of Psychedelic Sights and Sounds
Sat 21 December
Sun 22 December
Ecstasy Death Club Presents Ten Mouth Electron, Celebrity Sex Tapes & Hop Man Jr
Wed 25 December
**CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS**
Thu 26 December
**CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS**
Fri 27 December
Tue 31 December
NEW YEARS EVE DISCO PARTY
Fri 10 January
Bleeding Gold Presents Just Handshakes, Songs for Walter & So Sexual
Tue 14 January
Wed 15 January
Now Wave Presents Jessica Pratt
Fri 17 January
Sat 18 January
Dancing & Laughing Presents Standing & Listening
Now Wash Your Hands
Tue 21 January
Jackdaw Social Presents Cory Chisel
Wed 22 January
In The Dark
Mon 27 January
DHP Presents Filthy Boy
Tue 4 February
Red Balloon Presents Are We Strangers Now
Hardy & Wilson