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Sawyers Arms, Deansgate

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user reviews of the Sawyers Arms, Deansgate

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Ventured into here after hearing it had changed hands and is now owned by Nicholson's and had upped its real ale offering.

Sure enough on entering there was a bank of 8 hand pumps, all of which were available. I can't remember what I had but I was pleased to have a selection to choose from, and we managed to find a seat (though only just) on our Saturday evening visit.

Would definitely be more inclined to visit again.
RealAleRobUK - 23 Jun 2015 22:16
Large, fairly typical city centre boozer. Good for watching football, if you can tolerate the crass behaviour of those around you. Wood flooring means its very noisy, so this is a good opportunity to brush up on your lip reading skills.

Functional, acceptable, but hard to love.
strangetorpor - 18 Sep 2014 18:39
Called in for a drink en route to a canal side restaurant and enjoyed a good pint of Guinness served by very friendly staff. Nice to see an old fashioned style pub surviving in a sea of night clubs and wine bars.
TREFONEN - 15 Nov 2013 19:20
Dived in here a couple of months back when it started raining and I was on my way elsewhere. Was pretty crowded as there was some sport on the TV screens, but got served reasonably quickly and found a corner to loiter in while having a pint. I don't recall a great selection of real ale, but my pint was inoffensive enough. Not the kind of place I would make a special trip back to but if I was passing and had time to kill I'm sure I could be tempted...
RealAleRobUK - 17 Jul 2013 18:18
Need your whits about you to find a proper pub in the City Centre. They are there, you just need some local intel to find them. Or you'll end up in the living room. Thursday night before XMAS and packed with office parties. Very good pint of Black Sheep.
Mappiman - 14 Dec 2012 15:13
Late Victorian pub with gorgeous interior closing on 7.10.12 for a refit. V friendly staff, big screens for watching sport, clearly being run down a bit when we visited, look forward to visiting when it reopens.
mozzzzzz - 5 Oct 2012 11:40
I didn't bother with the real ale as the offerings were very limited. Cask John Smiths and Greene King. Ended up on Strongbow at 3.25 a throw! Ouch!

Watched match very comfortably upstairs along with friends. Pitty the upstairs bar wasn't open. Not a pub I would normally frequent but under the circumstances of watching the footie I took my chances.

Below average.
realalerules1983 - 12 Jun 2012 10:10
Only cask ale was Courage Directors and it was not in good form. Sound on the TV's was a second or so ahead of the action - I think upstairs had 3D coverage.
oftenscore6 - 16 Apr 2012 01:19
This pub has been refurbished since i was last here a good few years ago. 3 Real Ales on tap Moorhouses black cat and 2 others which I cant remember. good all round pub but to many young idiots in the place.
The ales were great the back cat was on fine form..

Good pub
manchesterale2011 - 20 Sep 2011 16:20
Three cask ales on, the two which we tried were good.

Also useful to find a city centre pub other than JDW serving food in the evening (most don't bother after they've cashed in on the lunchtime market). However the food took ages to arrive and was far from brilliant, even basic things were wrong like "Steak and eggs" advertised on the menu as with 2 eggs arrives with only one; the staff arranged for another to be provided but I'd almost finished before it arrived. A shame; had the food been good I've had made this a regular place to start an evening out.
alexw - 15 Jul 2011 19:41
Not a bad boozer but too many young arseholes when the football is on.
auldlush - 20 Feb 2011 01:29
As with many pubs these days, the attractive curve of the tiled exterior and bowed windows give way to standard modernity and modern embellishments such as Sky Sports, sofas and 2 for 1 menus.
That said, it's smart enough and is more of a pub in atmosphere than a bar. It's basically 1 L-shaped room, with a raised area with sofas and a giant TV screen. Other TV screens are dotted about the pub- it's a good place to come to watch any football. The rest of the furnishing is more traditional and is amde out of modern dark wood. A pleasant wooden staircase accesses an upstairs level. Food looks like standard 2 for 1 pub grub, nothing special but cheap. Didn't try it. Beer wise it's OK actually, not brilliant. Copper Dragon Black Gold (a stout) and Greene King IPA featured. The former was pretty good. Have seen microbrewery ales from the likes of Anglo-Dutch in the past and a small collection of pump clips is growing on the wall. Nevertheless, I doubt real ale is a major player here, although it's presence is obviously a plus.
All in all a completely ordinary pub, not one to prioritise but not one to avoid either.
Carlurmston - 14 Jan 2010 12:58
I was in this pub over the Xmas period, sat near the log fire having a pint and eating the homemade chips. It was snowing outside. Perfect afternoon in the pub. Very nice atmosphere in this pub. Big screens for the football too.
chipstick - 9 Jan 2010 12:46
Last time i was in this pub in july it was full of poor impressionists of liam gallagher acting like complete morons, other than that the pub is good with a decent choice of ales.
stevenlufc - 11 Dec 2009 21:29
Looks like a nice old boozer from the outside but once you walk in you can tell they've tried to update it, some say it's good, some bad. The beer was average to be fair, i've had better and i've had a lot worse. My only real grumble is that although they had Sports news on, which i do like to watch while supping a cheeky afternoon beverage, i don't think the whole pub wanted to hear it and they could've turned the volume down a little or tried to isolate it to one area of the pub!
ra1nw1zard - 28 Jul 2009 18:15
A decent pub ripped out and ruined. Used to have loads of character and customers. We called in for the first time in a while to find one of those wooden table joints with cheap chairs and totally soulless. Sells 2 real ales, Boddingtons (poor) and Theakston Old Peculier (Average). What a mess. Downhill all the way now guys.
ROBCamra - 14 Jan 2009 14:47
Oh my god, what has happened to this place?? This used to be a great place to watch the football, with a great atmosphere and was always full of people. I hadnt been there in a few months so thought I'd pop in again. There were 3 people in the whole place and i asked the barman where was everybody and why was the football not on? He said the pub is under new management and they dont show ANY sports now! He said all their customers have left as well! What a shame as the pub is now dull with no life at all. Shame,shame,shame!
flumpfig - 12 Nov 2008 10:08
Single bar pub with an ornate exterior situated on Deansgate.

Looking at the previous reviews, I would guess that the pub has changed hands since these postings - it's now a rather featureless single bar pub lacking any real atmosphere.

It's owned by the Orchid Group - a pub group whose website is staggeringly uninformative.

2 real ales were on - Boddingtons Cask at 2.70p and Theakstons Old Peculier at 2.75 - but this does not feel like a drinkers pub.

It's one of these pubs that has little to like or actively dislike in equal proportions - a typically impersonal pub with that " London feel", but in the centre of Manchester.

I can't see myself doing this one again
JohnBonser - 29 Aug 2008 12:34
excellent pub good beer and good service plenty of screens to watch sport on the pubs got a very good atmosphere well worth a visit will call in again when i am in manchester
tench1230 - 11 Feb 2008 07:52
brill pub go there all the time great for watching the red devils
anonymous - 21 Dec 2006 16:44
Dont go in on matchdays if you arent a United fan. If you are a United fan, go and join the fun.
superbocksuperstar - 4 Nov 2006 19:35
Busy main corner pub with loads of tellys for watching footy. But the beer! only bitter available John Smiths Smooth (yuk chemicals!)

AlRobis - 29 May 2006 21:44
Never had food there or been in when utd are playing,but always pop in when down Deansgate and quite like the place.

Get a great atmosphere upstairs for the England games,and for horse racing fans,one of the few pubs that make a bit of an effort for Cheltenham.Always go there on the Tuesday for the big screen upstairs.
JohnZ - 3 Feb 2006 22:27
Good service,friendly enough.When United are playing it's packed.
Word of advice,dont sit on the big table on matchdays as Phil and his cronies will sulk...ever seen grown men cry?
fred fencehead - 24 Jan 2004 00:23
Visited this pub for sunday lunch, the meal was awful it looked like it was 2 days old, brown salad and pasta dry and old. The bar staff gave us a refund buti could not believe they had the nerve to serve such rubbish to customers. if you want a meal give it a miss!
don - 7 Sep 2003 09:40
only really worth a trip imho when the football's on, the vibe can be a bit intimidating (esp when its the derby) but well worth it.
tone - 3 Jul 2003 17:15

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