Proper boozer with nicotine-yellow walls and a formidable whiskey selection. An upstairs room hosts gigs, theatre, comedy and more
Located just a hop, skip and a jump from the neon and fake tan of Deansgate Locks, The Briton’s Protection could not be further away in style. A proper old-fashioned boozer with a well-stocked bar that even has a serving hatch at the back, this is the kind of pub that wears its nicotine-stained curtains as a source of pride.
There are over 300 whiskeys/whiskies to choose from hailing from the US, Ireland, Scotland and Japan. A favourite is Midleton Very Rare, which as the name suggests is not something you find in every pub. For a more left-field choice, try a tot of Cu Dhub (pronounced ‘kaddoo’), a black whisky that has a hint of coffee and honey about it. Food is traditional – gammon and eggs, pies and the like.
The pub has a log fire and more than one snug, with an ample upstairs function room that plays host to bands, plays, comedy and anything else you can fit in it.
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50 Great Bridgewater Street