Ohhh... Interesting! As for oldest I couldn't say for sure as most tend to be of a similar period of early/late Victoriana (excepting Sinclairs etc around the Shambles and new abominations like Wetherspoons).Im after some help guys.
Someone in the past has mentioned to me a well known pub crawl around Manchester city centre taking in the 10 oldest pubs in the centre. Looking at doing said crawl in a couple of weeks but have no Idea which pubs are part of it.
Can anyone help?
If you want the best pubs though don't miss the incomparable Marble Arch on Rochdale Road. A beautiful tiled Victorian beer house with good grub, a stunning interior and outstanding beers brewed inhouse at their own award winning micro (mine's a Lagonda IPA).
Other's will I'm sure flag up the brilliant Briton's Protection, the wonderful Kings Arms in Salford, the cult Peveril of the Peak, The teeny-tiny Circus, the Grey Horse, the Vines, The City, The Angel, The Burton Arms, The Castle, The Sevnoaks (best place in town for watching the football) etc.
I also wouldn't miss the are they pubs/are they bars places like Cask on Liverpool Road, Knott Bar opposite Deansgate Station, and the beer-nerds paradise that is Bar Fringe up on Swan St. Also, are they pubs or restaurant places like Mr Thomas' or Sam's Chophouses?
And is it wrong to harbour the dirty secret of liking the odd pint in Mother Macs?
Ok, back to someone more useful who can actually identify the city's oldest pubs by their architectural stylings and period detail...