I'll be checking out the Crescent at Salford next week. Any other Salford
pubs worth a visit while I'm there please?
Also, where can I be sure of getting Bazen's or Facer's beers in either
Salford or M'cr city centre please?
The King's Arms, Bloom Street acts as the unofficial Tap for Bazen's. Turn
right out of the Crescent and follow the main road to the third (I think)
set of traffic lights and turn left. There will be Bazen's and possibily
Facer's in there.
Try also the Albert Vaults on Chapel Street, a few yards from the Kings
Arms - they usually have Bazens Black Pig (and Phoenix Arizona).
There's not much to get excited about west of the Crescent unless you
want to go beyond the true City of Salford and hit Eccles (the Lamb at
Eccles tram stop is a very splendid Holts pub). East of the Crescent...
um... the Eagle in Collier Street -
- is a fine traditional back street boozer (Holts again). The Olde
Nelson, sadly, is closed and boarded up. The only other GBG entry round
there is yet another Holts pub, the Union Tavern, a bit off the beaten
You /might/ hit lucky at the Mark Addy, a very attractive modern pub on
the bank of the River Irwell just off New Bailey Street (near Salford
Central station) - but its cask ales have been very hit and miss lately,
more often off than on. When they're on, they tend to be from micros
like Cottage (pricey though).
If you're after beers from micros, you're probably better off in
Manchester's Northern Quarter - see
You could also try the Junction at Hendham Vale, Smedley (off Rochdale
for a range of beers from Beartown Brewery.
Joyce Whitchurch, Stalybridge, UK