Pubs of Manchester

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Monday, 29 March 2010

050. Ox / Oxnoble - Liverpool Road

The Ox, Liverpool Road. (c) Tripadvisor.

For all that's disappointing with the White Lion, the opposite can be said of The Ox.  Formerly the Oxnoble ale house, this old pub was named after a popular Victorian-era potato.  The barrow boys, known as Oxnoble men, unloaded spuds and other veg from the nearby Potato Wharf and supped in the Oxnoble [1].  Although these days their website erroneously suggests the simpler tale of it being named after an ox.

The Ox. (c)

Seen here in 1910, the Oxnoble was a Chesters house for several decades as seen in 1959, 1970, 1972 and 1984.  Whilst possibly a little too "foody" these days, the pub has a nice charming ambience about it and the beer was on top form - Skipton's Copper Dragon Black Gold, a cross bewteen dark mild and stout, superb stuff.  Couple this with plenty of pictures on the wall of historical Manchester, a small beer garden out front for the smokers and good quality efficient staff, this pub ticks all the right boxes.

The Ox, Liverpool Street. (c) spottedbylocals.

I have to say the food also looked stunningly presented and whilst not the cheapest, it looks the sort of place you would happily pay a bit more for excellence.  Certainly compared with up the road, it's elegance personified.  The Ox is certainly one to look up for the eaters and nice for an occasional drink.   Worth walking a bit further for, although there is little after this, so I'd make it the start or end of your evening if I were you.

Photos of The Oxnoble at Potato Wharf, Manchester
The Ox, Liverpool Street (c) TripAdvisor.


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