A large, modernised country-style pub in the Victoria Park residential area, The Rampant Lion is great for outdoor socialising and music events.
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At the end of a short driveway, The Rampant Lion is a big red brick building with appropriately, two stone white lions flanking your path as you enter. It’s both traditional and modern inside. There’s a room off to your left which has a pool table with funky lamps over it, deep maroon curtains pictures of Jack Nicholson, Mohammed Ali and Madonna on the walls.
In the main space is the wood-panelled bar, big gold-framed mirrors on the wall and high-backed booths in the bay window. There’s a darts board with a bookcase behind it and there’s a raised area decked out with cutlery and salt and pepper pots on the tables and, beyond that, an outdoor smokers’ patio with umbrellas.
There are more tables and chairs outside amongst the shrubbery and bushes in what is a perfect English country garden setting - complete with an amazing Greek-style stone arch (but you’re still minutes away from Manchester city centre and the hustle and bustle of Rusholme).
The Rampant Lion is well supported by local residents and workers who are so regular in their drinking habits the bar staff know them by name. This is a very student-heavy area and they also represent a good part of the pub’s trade clientele. Indeed holiday times are notably quieter without their presence.
Downstairs there’s a modest basement club space that’s been the scene of many a wild party and the main bar area has hosted events, with one involving dozens of Manc DJs playing their favourite records, a memorable if ultimately fuzzy affair.
On tap there’s Boddington’s Guinness, Strongbow, Peetermans, Foster’s and Jenning’s Cumberland and Tanglefoot. And in bottles there’s Tiger, Beck’s, Sol, Budweiser, San Miguel, Miller and Michelob, plus all the alcopops. The wine list is on the chalk board and includes a Chilean Sauvignon Concha y Toro which is £3.95 a glass or £9.50 a bottle.
The long menu includes burgers, sandwiches, wraps, jacket potatoes, salads, pizzas (for around £5-£6), main courses and a total of eight desserts, including bread and butter pudding with custard for just £3.25. And it’s £6.95 for a Sunday roast.
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In the very residential area of Victoria Park, The Rampant Lion serves its local clientele well but it’s worth travelling to, especially to relax in the beer garden or for one of their infamous music shindigs.