The Bowling Green was a regular haunt during my time in Manchester at University. Sadly, it seems to be not much longer for this world. A little off the beaten track for many students (i.e. about 20 metres away from Oxford Road!) it has suffered a bit from being out of view for many, despite trying many things – including unusual meats, such as Kudu.
The beer is usually in fine fettle – with three handpumps usually offering two beers. On this last visit, I found Lancaster Blonde alongside a regular, Hobgoblin. Even in it’s last throes, the pub still managed to get through 3 or 4 firkins a week – which maintained a quality pint. I guess it must have been the other beers that weren’t selling.
The fridges were usually stocked with all kinds of goodies, from Belgian ales through to speciality UK beers, such as Chocolate Tom from Robinsons. The latter, a blend of Old Tom and chocolate is worth a try, though not as good as their Ginger Tom in my opinion!
At the time of visiting it was pretty much certain the Bowling Green would close in the next couple of months.
If it looks open, pop in – it’s on Grafton St, Manchester and well worth a meander off the Oxford Road if you are in the area.
Date of Visit: 12/03/2011
Edit: 21/04 – I’ve been told the Bowling Green is now boarded up. Sorry folks!