The Royal Oak was the original Boddingtons brewery tap with the new-build Brewery Tap / Brewers Arms replacing it, probably in the 1980s. It was a quiet pub with outside toilets overlooking the brewery, frequented mainly by nearby workers at dinner time and blokes from the nearby hostel. Despite this, it was highly rated for the superb and cheap Boddies beer . These were the days when Boddingtons beer was a fine pint, highly hopped, more bitter than any other session ale, and a fine example of what is today sometimes referred to as 'Manchester Pale Ale.'
Former site of Royal Oak (& Brewery Tap), Great Ducie Street. (c) Google 2011. View Larger Map.
1. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres, Manchester Pub Surveys (1975).