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The Budget - View From The Bar....

Great to see that the Chancellor has reduced beer duty by 1p. A gesture that has been widely applauded by CAMRA and others within the industry. Indeed, in these parts, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland is widely regarded as being a sincere champion for real ale and the beer drinker in general having campaigned for duty reductions and other concessions for beer drinkers and the pub trade in general from the government over the past year or two. As one who has grown up with regular, annual duty increases it is a definite improvement.

Yet, in real terms, the actual impact on the cost of a pint will not materialise for most drinkers. As was the case last year. And the year before. The likelihood of a pint at say £3 today dropping to £2.99, or less, is probably pretty low when you think of the need to have stacks of change available. Now this is not getting at landlords, just stating that realistically any good intention in terms of passing on the reduction are outweighed by the practical…

The Best Pubs in Manchester

OK, it's my view but when my friend Laura asked me if I could recommend any pubs for a visit she was planning to Manchester with boyfriend Dale I said, "No problem, tell you what I'll put it in a blog!" So here goes....

When it comes to Manchester I have form. I've lived there, studied there and worked there and so have been in the city a few times for a pint....


If you only have time to visit one pub in Manchester it has to be the one at 73 Rochdale Road, aka the Marble Arch, just up the road from the new Co-op building. This is a classic street corner city pub, with a superb tiled interior, a sloping floor that follows the line of Gould Street which leads off the corner on which it stands, and of course the fantastic Marble beers, which until recently were brewed on site. The food, whilst- like the beer - is not the cheapest, is top-notch too, and when the weather is good the beer garden at the back is a marvellous sun trap.


Just down the road is the Angel, which …