I make a pilgrimage to Manchester’s Marble Arch pub whenever I’m in town. Its location, just outside of the town center, means that you have to consciously decide to make the journey here, rather than casually decide to stop for a quick pint.
With its tiled walls, arced wooden bar, and sloping, mosaic-clad floor, Marble Arch looks every bit the traditional Manchester pub. Its clientele, though, is an odd mix of traditionalists and modern beer fans. The Marble Brewery, who owns the pub, produces everything from classic Northern Pale Ales to zingy, Earl Grey-infused, U.S.-style IPAs. Come to think of it, maybe the clientele isn’t that odd after all.