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The Smithfield Tavern

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Smithfield Tavern

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A thriving home for Blackjack Beers, the Smithfield combines the comfort and atmosphere of a traditional boozer with innovative craft beer.

Since Blackjack overtook this place, a formerly quiet and unassuming little pub on the edge of the Northern Quarter has been turned into a bustling and lively bar appealing to craft beer drinkers and beyond.

As you’d expect, Blackjack’s own beers dominate the menu but there’s ample guests from across the UK also included: Wild Beer and Tiny Rebel make regular appearances. They’ll also serve beers in every size – from a third up to a pint – which is refreshing change compared to some other bars in the city that insist on schooners only.

But the Smithfield isn’t all just focused on the beer – it’s an all-round good old fashioned boozer. The furniture is mismatched, vintage and comfortable and there’s plenty of it about - from intimate couches to large tables for groups. Games have always been a big part of the traditional pub experience and here you’ll find darts, table skittles and a good selection of board games.

With the likes of The Crown and Kettle, Bar Fringe and The Angel nearby alongside breweries such as Runaway, Marble and Blackjack themselves, the Smithfield adds to the beer credentials of this area of the city.


Address: 37
Swan Street
M4 4JZ
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 4.30pm-11pm, Fri 4.30-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. Closed Monday.

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If only this pub was closer.

The Smithfield, since it has been taken over by Manchester's very own Blackjack Brewery has been an amazing place to sample local and further-flung beers either on the taps or by the bottle.

Nice little smoking garden, tasty pork pies, and amazing beer.

Tucked away at the end of Great Ancoats Street, The Smithfield Tavern is well worth a visit. Brought to you by Blackjack Brewery, this is a good old fashioned boozer. Being ran by a brewery means the craft beer and ale selection is second to none, with plenty of delicious bar snacks to help soak up your favourite tipple. Add to that a welcoming interior and a range of old fashioned games and this is a place you'll find yourself coming back to again and again.

Boy, has the Smithfield changed. 

Before The Smithfield at present, it was pretty rundown, and not up to much, think dodgy vodka and dirty beer pipes. But now it's had its Northern Quarter makeover, it one of the most homely pubs in the area, along with The Castle, which is has a similar feeling to. 

The beers on offer is second to none, from your local ales to a fridge full of Belgian beer. If you're stuck on what to drink, ask one of the tenders who will happily guide your journey through this pleasant experience. The interior of The Smithfield is large and open, which is a massive change to it old cramp feeling. 

Also, the pork pies at the bar are absolutely great & well worth the £1.50!