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The Old Wellington

) #78 of 1,824 Restaurants in Manchester $$ - $$$ , British,
4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
+44 161 839 5179
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pies” (20 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I visited for my 21st birthday meal, first time in Manchester so it was great to see such an old building. The food was great, I had the sea bass and the pies looked delicious. Great selection of drinks and food, the building is beautiful...More

Thank Meg B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food is very tasty; I ordered the Hunter's chicken pie and highly recommend it. The venue is beautiful inside and out, you really get the old tavern feel. Something really interesting is the bits of information hung up about the Wellington's past. The only...More

Thank Penile D
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been in here for drinks several times for the great selection of reasonably priced craft beers--The Plum Porter is some of the best beer I've ever drank!--but I recently went here for a meal too, and was just as pleased. The mac and cheese...More

Thank Alexandra-Marie1
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow! Such kind words, Alexandra, thank you! We very much agree with you - Plum Porter is an absolute delight - which is why we're trying to keep it on permanently for the summer. The mac and cheese is on of my personal favourites on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice pub to go for drinks and a cheese board or pie.yum It's situated in an area called the shambles ,which is near the cathedral. It has a large outdoor sitting area. Very niceMore

Thank Bornabrit
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback! It's lovely that you hold our cheeseboards and our pies to such a high standard - we love them just as much as our guests. We'd love to see you come back so that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been meaning to stop by for a drink here during our weekend trip. Because the weather was nice it was always packed when we walked past. It was busy when we arrived on Sunday afternoon but there was some space outside so we...More

Thank Scots_On_The_Tour
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback! Our beer garden is definitely one of the best - if not THE best - in the city, we'll happily agree with you on that. We'd love for you to return to Manchester and of course come...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great meal with friends,great pub,great atmosphere,very clean will definitely be going again. A place definitely worth a visit if your in Manchester,traditional and well kept feel totally relaxed here,while chilling with friends for our dinner.More

Thank lozzy211181
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We'd love to wow you just that little bit more so we can get full marks from you... What do you think we could improve on? We're very happy to hear that you noted the cleanliness and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this wee pub. Loved the exterior and the interior was lovely too with a description of the history of the building on the wall. We only had one drink which was Hop House on draft so that was a winner for us ..hard...More

Thank Claire M
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your lovely feedback, Claire! Hop House is one of the favourites amongst our team, so it's great to hear that you appreciated it as much as we do. Hopefully you won't be a stranger for too long - we'd love...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

love this place the history and the fact they managed to save it.Please take the time to read the story on the wall. Sunday Lunch sun shining lucky to get a table shared with a lovely couple who we talked to as if we were...More

Thank Lesley W
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback, Lesley! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our history and our Nicholson's Sharer... In terms of the piccalilli, we have tried to take on a bit of a new twist with ours. It's...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had supper here on our first night in Manchester. Wow! What a meal. We were just expecting a basic pub, but we're treated with the best steak, ale & mushroom pies we've ever had. The pastry was so light and crispy, and the inside was...More

Thank KatherineJT
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow, what a great review! Thank you so much for your kind words, Katherine! We do think that we serve one of the best beef and ale pies in town, so it's very flattering that you would agree! Great idea to match it with a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious roast, great location, outdoor seating for a sunny summer afternoon (although too busy so we are inside). The mash is brilliant and there is plenty for gravy .More

Thank Christine A
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much, Christine! Our Sunday roasts are definitely one of the most popular items on our menu - which is why they sell out so quickly! You're right in saying that we get very busy in the garden, especially when the sun decides...More

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Pam O
27 April 2017|
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Response from chrismc43 | Reviewed this property |
5 minutes walk
David V
9 January 2017|
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Response from Lee C | Reviewed this property |
City centre prices I'm afraid especially wine
12 October 2015|
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Response from Joanna H | Reviewed this property |
We didn't book when we went, there was only 2 of us and it was early tea time. With any where if it's the weekend or for a larger party I would always book. x
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 839 5179
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You will find The Old Wellington (est. 1552) in Manchester within a short stroll of Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Station and Exchange Square - however, you won't find another like it. Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served - as they should be - with a generous measure of famous British hospitality. The Old Wellington is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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