letting the good times roll

Since 1776

The 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into it's bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t put 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 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 Robinson 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 people on their way to Band on the Wall.

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. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times and closed it's 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 over The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life.

After a period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with it's 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 it's 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, wide selection of craft and continental beers, the best jukebox in Manchester, literature and theatre events, emerging and breakthrough live music we’re your local in the heart of the city.

  • 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: 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: 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: Cherry Valentine Presents The Midbeats

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  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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

Our Events

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  • Thu 23 October

    DHP Presents Barr Brothers

    with guests

    Fri 24 October

    Women In Comedy

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    Sun 26 October

    Beta Presents Hero Fisher

    with guests

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    Flesh

    Mon 27 October

    Glasswerk Presents Harry Manx

    with guests

    Tue 28 October

    Red Balloon Presents Hafdis Huld

    with guests

    Bad Language

    Wed 29 October

    Bad Language

    We-Are-Willow

    Thu 30 October

    We Are Willow

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    Fri 31 October

    Strange Days Presents Nightmare On Oldham Street

    Across The Castle and Gullivers

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    Theo Verney

    Black Market Karma

    Menace Beach

    Velvet Morning

    Hooton Tennis Club

    The Watchmakers

    Tess Parks

     

    Sat 1 November

    Sam Smith And Co Presents The Parish Church Fire

    with guests

    Sun 2 November

    DHP Presents Leddra Chapman

    with guests

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    Thu 6 November

    SJM Presents Soak

    with guests

    Fri 7 November

    Hey Bulldog, Strange Collective, Psyene

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    Sat 8 November

    Sunny Manchester Presents April Was A Passenger

    with guests

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    Sun 9 November

    Glass Onion Presents New Rich

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    Mon 10 November

    Jackalope Presents The Lost Brothers

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    Thu 13 November

    Sham Bodie

    Fri 14 November

    Holy Are You Presents The Lucid Dream

    with guests

    Purple Heart Parade

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    Fri 14 November

    DHP Presents Ruarri Joseph

    with guests

    Lily & Meg

    Lois Warrington

    Luke-Daniels-web

    Sat 15 November

    Hey! Manchester Presents Luke Daniels

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    Sun 16 November

    DHP Presents Winter Mountain

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    Mon 17 November

    Live Nation Presents Broncho & Purple

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    Tue 18 November

    Beta Presents Coves

    with guests

    Poster - 21st November 14-2

    Fri 21 November

    Thinking Wishful Presents Moscow

    with guests

    Kazo

    Partisan

    Jeronimo

    Poster - 22nd November 14-1

    Sat 22 November

    Thinking Wishful Presents Red Nine

    with guests

    The Nankeens

    In The Cards

    Jekyll

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    Tue 25 November

    SJM Presents Deers

    with guests

    Poster - 28th November 14-1

    Fri 28 November

    Thinking Wishful Presents Five Days North

    Maddy Storm

    Black Tooth

    Chasing Traits

    Jack Garratt

    Sun 30 November

    Live Nation Presents Jack Garratt

    with guests

    Fri 5 December

    Manchester Music Box Presents Concrete Wildlife

    with guests

    Mon 8 December

    DHP Presents Alice Boman

    with guests

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    Fri 12 December

    Sunny Manchester Presents Girl Friend & The Tahitian Sons

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    Sega Saturns

    The Collected Fictions