One of Hull’s oldest pubs, The Manchester Arms is well and truly a regular on the city centre pub circuit.
Located in the old town, The Manchester Arms dates back to 1791 and is next door to what is claimed to be Hull's oldest building. The bar takes its name from the HMS Manchester which was the first ship to enter Hull's first ever dock.
It’s now a Marston’s owned pub with benches outside and black and white stone-carved cherubs on its facade and etched windows. A speaker in the doorway pumps the music to the outside world and internally the floor is dark wood and the ceiling is red, blue and green.
It’s split into two fairly bare rooms with the first featuring cream walls and a green and white tiled fireplace with a wooden mantelpiece on top. The back room is carpeted and has a big map of the city covering one wall complete with write-ups of its history.
A ship’s wheel is suspended on the other wall and there are two mirrors and a firm, fabric-covered banquette. Ropes snake along the top of the wall and a model ship is stuck up there as well. There’s a big ornate brass fan in the ceiling and broad ledges to rest your drinks.
The regulars here are generally middle-aged men - or upwards of 30 anyway. But at the weekends it’s a mix of pretty much everyone. It’s a popular and convenient haunt for students from Ruskin Chambers across the road, too.
The Food and Drink
You’ve got Carling, Foster’s, Jennings Cumberland, Guinness, Stella, Deuchar’s IPA and Marston’s Old Empire on tap, as well as Corona, Holsten Pils, Budweiser, Beck’s, Stella and Peroni in bottles. Plus there’s a good selection of ciders including St Helier’s, Bulmers and Weston’s Organic. There’s no food.
The Last Word
A fairly straight forward, no-nonsense olde worlde pub which has its place in the history books.