A country pub in the heart of the city, The Vine Inn serves good honest drinks and grub and plays some great sounds.
Anywhere that's playing Northern Soul classic Hung Up On Your Love by The Montclairs as you come in has to be quality. Indeed the general music selection, from The Walker Brothers and Matt Munroe to the present day, is a bit of an ace card up The Vine Inn's sleeve.
This is a friendly, fairly small city centre boozer set out on three levels. It's tiled in green on the outside and describes itself as a country pub in the city. That's a pretty fair description with its exposed brickwork and dark wood interior and its assortment of bronze plates and horseshoes on the walls. I don't know too many true country pubs with TV screens in the corner but, hey, this is Manchester. With the main bar on the ground level, there's also a room upstairs and a small room downstairs, with its own bar where food gets served.
The Vine Inn generally plays host to a slightly older crowd, couples and office workers, especially at lunch. Like all the clusters of pubs around here it's going to benefit massively from the big new office block that's going up next door, which will cover 100,000 sq feet.
The Food and Drink
The Vine Inn lives up to its reputation as a country pub by selling Ruddles ale on tap, as well as Hobgoblin, Heineken, Carling, Boddington's, Strongbow and Peeterman. They also knock out house doubles for £2.70. The lunch menu includes sandwiches and main meals for £5-£7; the steak pie is very tasty (although the pastry could be more crusty) and comes with gravy, crinkle-cut chips and veg all for £5.25.
The Last Word
A friendly country-style pub with decent food and a great soundtrack.