Manchester has its fair share of great pubs and bars. From the trendy likes of the Northern Quarter, the independent watering holes of Chorlton, to the jam-packed at weekend party atmosphere of the venues in the Gay Village, there's certainly no shortage of places to get a decent pint.
But you don;t have to be in Manchester to find a great pub. Salford too has some fine establishments serving up a bevy of brews, and here are six of our favourites.
Located on a back street just off Trinity Way and down the road from Elbow sanctuary Blueprint Studios, The Eagle Inn is a relic, dating back to 1903, lovingly brought back to life and infused with a youthful exuberance from those that have restored it.
Owned by former Beautiful South and Housemartins lead singer Paul Heaton, this Salford institution has tapped into the gentrification of Chapel Street with a lovable mix of old and new styles.
What was once a home, Paradise Cottage, became an inn as far back as 1856, but it wasn't until October 2009 that The Star Inn became the very first in the country to be taken over and run by its regular customers.
A Salfordian institution, the New Oxford (not to be confused with The Oxford or The Oxnoble) stands on Bexley Square, the scene of a much-forgotten ‘battle’ between police and protesters over unemployment in the crisis-hit 1930s.
The Salford Arms is like a place of two halves.The good half is really good, with the pub serving ales from some of the finest micro-breweries in England.
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One of the club's main claims to fame is providing the backdrop for the seminal photograph that appeared as the gatefold image for The Smiths album, 'The Queen Is Dead' but there's more ot it than that.
It started with The Lowry but that amazing venue was soon followed by Imperial War Museum North, the Lowry Outlet Mall, and now MediaCityUK is to be found there too, amongst many other attractions.
Salford is a city full of surprises, and not the least significant of these is the magnificent Ordsall Hall, a Grade I listed Tudor manor house slap bang in the middle of a housing estate.
Close to Salford University and in the grounds of Peel Park lies Salford Museum & Art Gallery, which opened in 1850 as the very first 'unconditionally free' public library in the UK.