A look inside the newly renovated 'proper boozer' in Ancoats

The Edinburgh Castle is the ideal local, offering up first-rate pub grub and proper pints to the people of Manchester

By Ciara Martin | Last updated 3 March 2020

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EC 1970. Photo: Manchester Libraries

The Edinburgh Castle pub has been an integral part of Ancoats for decades and dates back to 1811.

In November last year, the team behind Cottonopolis began to bring the abandoned Victorian boozer back to life – working hard to restore the pub’s original features and breathe new life into the spot.

Friend of the pub Gre Hale, who’s also an artist and tattooist, designed many elements of the new space – including the menus, wallpaper, and the re-worked signage outside.

The team even invited artist Lei-Mai to hop on a crane and hand-paint the signage in 24ct gold in order to celebrate the homecoming of this local gem!

The team behind the renovation aimed to make the Edinburgh Castle the new local for the people of Ancoats in an area that is steeped in Mancunian history – and they’ve done just that.

Forming an anchor position in Ancoats’ rapidly developing Cutting Room Square, the pub is flooded with plenty of natural light and features objects they’ve managed to scour and upcycle.

The pub is located on the ground floor and serves food with a ‘traditional’ angle from 12 – 8pm from Monday to Saturday.

The classic pub menu is exceptionally good, serving up classics such as the Beef, Ale & Cheddar Pie, Bubble & Squeak and delicious pub desserts such as Sticky Toffee Pudding and VIMTO Spiced Eccles Cakes.

They’ve also got an amazing lunch offering with their Worker’s Lunch Menu, perfect for those looking for a quick bite.

The £10 Worker’s Lunch Menu includes a sandwich, a bowl of soup and crisps.

Sandwiches include the Aged Cheddar and Chutney, Curried Chicken and Cress (with pickled cucumber, celery and boiled egg), Salt Beef and Swiss (with sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Emmental) and their Monday special, the Sunday Roast Sandwich – complete with all the trimmings.

And if you fancy a few nibbles, the Edinburgh Castle also serves a glorious range of bar snacks and small plates – including Pork Scotch Eggs, Parmesan Doughnuts (with whipped goat’s cheese, truffle and honey) and Cauliflower Cheese Croquettes.

Wash them down with a wine or whisky, and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening. A proper boozer indeed.

Definitely our new favourite local.


Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle, Henry St &, Blossom St, Manchester M4 5AW