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Malt Shovells, Altrincham

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Decent, traditional Sam Smiths pub with Sam Smiths prices.
alexw - 15 Dec 2013 20:36
A very basic Sam Smith's boozer, comprised of different rooms and as noted by a previous reviewer, a staircase does indeed exist. The usual beers on offer at sensible prices.


nokegthanks - 21 Jul 2012 00:19
excellent cheap pint, can somebody tell that barman to smile, most miserable barman I have ever been served by
vicgod47 - 7 Jul 2011 01:10
Its "Charlie in the Corner"'s funeral today. Charlie was seemingly a lifelong patron of this pub and part of the fabric of the place which helps makes this such a great pub. His memory will live on. Cheers Charlie
David271059 - 1 Jun 2011 10:16
Traditional pub with a few separate drinking areas. There's plenty of wood on display, especially around the bar area. A grand wooden staircase is a nice feature. One side room has a dartboard. The upstairs pool table was apparently out of service. Pictures of old Altrincham can be seen around the walls. Drinks are cheap, with it being a Samuel Smiths pub. Old Brewery Bitter is the only cask ale. The clientele was mostly aging on my visit. But there were a couple of young groups. Local street parking is pay and display during the daytime, and spaces are hard to come by. Certainly one of the two nicest pub interiors I came across during my Greater Manchester visit.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jul 2010 20:16
Cheap drinks and a friendly atmosphere.

There are two pool tables upstairs (70p a game), but they're not in the best condition - only two cues for both tables last time I went, and one of those had a loose tip. A jukebox wouldn't go amiss!
djm256 - 18 Apr 2010 19:41
really good sam smiths boozer with a very good mix of punters! everyone gets on a has a good wind up with ages litterally ranging from 16+ to 90+! i agree that music of some sort would go down a treat, but then again when its busy you really dont realise theres nothing on, well worth a pint or two on a night out!
old_timer_90 - 4 Nov 2009 14:27
Has Sam Smiths, what more do you need to know? Good pint that doesnít break the bank. Atmosphere is generally good considering the hugely varied clientele. From the young to the old itís good to see that everyone loves Samuel Smith!!
I agree with the previous comment about the landlord, not the friendliest, especially to the younger (and therefore future) of the clientele. Other bar staff have always been friendly and chatty.
A music night would go down great here, as would a jukebox.
Good to go for a couple but would move elsewhere on a night out.

the_young_ones - 22 Oct 2009 17:25
It's a standard Sam Smith's pub which means good beer and low prices! You know you're going to get a very quaffable ale and own brand everything!

Landlord's not the friendliest, but still a good drinkers' pub.
DiBosco - 14 Oct 2009 14:03
Alright, it could do with a good clean (and maybe a lick of paint if Sam Webster really wants to push the boat out), however, the beer is great value, the atmosphere is friendly and it should feature on any beer drinkers list of pubs to visit in Alty.
Clientele are the full range 16 to 80, but everyone gets on great!!
knowsgreypaul - 13 Aug 2009 20:52
Usually call in here ,beer is good and cheap ,problem i have it can have the feel of a youth club ,cries out for the return of jazz or even a folk night as loads of room ,lets see sam smiths buck the trend with this pub ,
FrankieMan - 22 Jul 2009 19:49
Friendly and cheap although for better beer you should probably go to the Market Tavern. The quiz on Thursdays is usually well-attended.
Jamco - 9 Jul 2009 15:36
great prices and despite what some real ale buffs say ,good beer ,not the same without market dave ,but some of the other locals make up for it,i often wonder how the guy with the bike gets home !! ,strange mixture of clientelle,ranging from students sitting round the one pint to the old regulars
who are trying to save a few bob
FrankieMan - 23 Jun 2009 14:23
Friendly old-fashioned pub with Sam Smiths at £1.40 a pint!
Snecky - 5 Feb 2009 12:40
In these times there are few "regulars" left in many of the pubs in Altrincham. The ďMaltĒ bucks the trend in that respect, although it has a good mix of people, especially on a Friday evening .

Iíve been going in for over twenty years and its still a place where you can relax and enjoy a chat and a pint or two and at £1.65 for a pint of larger, Iím not going to complain!
David271059 - 25 Nov 2008 17:08
Cheapest beer in town, staff are friendly as are locals. Traditional pub, more or less a typical Sam Smiths house.
stoutoforder - 22 Sep 2008 18:38
Some things never change, a decent pint of bitter for £1.37, friendly welcome and nice to see that despite the fact the pub were obviously short of custom, they were quite prepared to check some of the younger customers for I.D and full credit to the guys for not taking offence.

Unfortunately it's not somewhere you'd spend the whole evening but certainly good to get a few cheap pints under your belt
boddies_drinker - 30 Jun 2008 13:40
Still a great pub, with an honest, unpretentious approach with clientele to match. Interesting to see how the smoking ban seems to have effected things very little, though the beer must certainly be the cheapest in Altrincham.
David271059 - 7 Jul 2007 08:24
Admittedly a very quiet clientele in there but the beer is reasonable and cheap and it's near enough to the station to meet up in here, have a pint to start the evening and then move on.
boddies_drinker - 22 Nov 2006 13:18
Decent pint of Sams Smith cask ale
oftenscore6 - 23 Jan 2006 14:34
Well worth a visit for a quiet drink in a proper pub - clean and well maintained.

Took the missus here on the evening of Saturday 27th November. Was a nice pleasant drink. All the drinks are Samuel Smith's own brand and I went for Ayingerbrau, pint for me and a half for her. £1.55 a pint! I wouldn't used the word 'cheap' - I would say 'good value'. It was a really nice lager, the pub was very clean and pleasant. It's not rowdy and I was made welcome. 'Market Dave' (those who live in Alty will know who I'm on about) tried to sell me a watch! The first time I had spoken to him.
AndrewC - 2 Dec 2004 12:22
Sam Smith's Cider = Pleasure. This tremendous pub features some of the greatest ales in Alrincham, great jukebox up stairs with the pool tables. This appears to be a starting point for many 'toffs' who then head for Manchester. Better without them obvioulsy but they dont really stay long and usually confine themselves to the upstairs
mac boswell - 11 Nov 2004 14:43
Great place.

Ayingerbrau for £1.50 a pint!

Two pool tables and a juke box upstairs and a dartboard downstairs too.
dpm - 1 May 2004 05:05
I have drank in this pub for years
It is an oasis considering the way
pubs are developing now
long may she reign.
john christer - 7 Mar 2004 12:40
Norman, the promoter of the long gone Jazz evening is now presenting Jazz at the Wheatsheaf (5-10 mins walk away) on a Thursday Evening
Kev - 28 Feb 2004 14:04
Bit of an old man's pub, but the beer definately is good and cheap too. Didn't notice any stairs so can't confirm the existence of pool tables!
Nige - 15 Nov 2003 18:03
Once famed for its jazz nights and live music, the band are now long gone.
Sam Smiths, but a remarkably good pint and very cheap. The usual accompanying lagers but pleasant surroundings although in need of a lick of paint.
Traditional pub games including several pool tables upstairs and within a 2 minuted walk of 5 other pubs.
Certainly part of any Alty crawl
Chris - 9 Oct 2003 09:54

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