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Smithfield Hotel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hop Vine (formerly Burscough) - Sutler's IPAExceptional1
Fallons - Tattooer's ArmsExcellent1
Robinsons - Old TomExcellent1
Lancaster - GoldExcellent1
RedWillow - AgelessExcellent1
Geeves - Gunwale DanceGood1
Robinsons - Hatters Dark MildGood1
Facer's - Smithfield Mild (low strength)Good1
Pennine (Batley) - see now entry for Pennine (Bedale) after move - Amber NeckerGood2
Nethergate Growler - GB Growler BitterGood1
Big Bog - Frosty BogAcceptable1
Ramsbottom Craft (sometimes branded as Rammy Craft) - White's KentAcceptable1
Brightside - Winter AleAcceptable1
Cross Bay - Winter MoonPoor1
Adnams - GunhillNot Tried0
Wincle - Lord LucanNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)Not Tried0
Two Roses - GloriousNot Tried0
Triple fff - Alton's PrideNot Tried0
Copper Dragon - Golden PippinNot Tried0
Lancaster - BlondeNot Tried0
Lancaster - AmberNot Tried0
Robinsons - 1892 Fine Cheshire AleNot Tried0
Facer's - Smithfield BitterNot Tried0
Facer's - Smithfield MildNot Tried0

Visits Details

25 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Late afternoon visit after the national Winter Ales festival.
Ramsbottom Craft (sometimes branded as Rammy Craft) - White's Kent4.20AcceptableVery pale bitter, bitter but not particluarly hoppy. My score 14/20.
24 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Mid evening and fairly busy with locals and beer festival visitors.
Facer's - Smithfield Mild (low strength)3.30GoodNew seperate brew for the pub at a lower strength than the previous which was based on a porter. Some chocolate malt and low hopping but rather thin. My score 15/20.
12 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
22:50 visit. Straight off the bus from Rusholme and in here for last knockings. A good few still in as it's local pool night. A good, productive day!
Fallons - Tattooer's Arms4.10ExcellentVery nice. End the day as I started. On a winner?
Lancaster - Gold4.00ExcellentNice. Tasted even better being another winner to end my day?
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
Robinsons - Old Tom8.50Not Tried
Lancaster - Amber3.70Not Tried
Hop Vine (formerly Burscough) - Sutler's IPA5.50Not Tried
Facer's - Smithfield Bitter3.50Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - GB Growler Bitter3.90Not Tried
Facer's - Smithfield Mild4.00Not Tried
11 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
22:30. My final call and rest stop for today, day four in Manchester. Had closed up quite early on Sunday and Monday, so only my second drink here since Saturday! A few locals in tonite.
Pennine (Batley) - see now entry for Pennine (Bedale) after move - Amber Necker3.50GoodIn good nick.
Nethergate Growler - GB Growler Bitter3.90GoodIn good condition. Under new ownership, Growler is now the current name for the old Nethergate ales I hear!
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
Robinsons - Old Tom8.50Not Tried
Copper Dragon - Golden Pippin3.90Not Tried
Lancaster - Amber3.70Not Tried
Facer's - Smithfield Bitter3.50Not Tried
08 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
23:30. I finally arrive at my "basecamp", my home for the next 7 nights! Not stayed here since Oct 2008 having been a regular on stopovers here for five years. Much has changed since those heady days. The pub has gone up & down on the ale front I've heard, and it was sad to hear that long standing landlord, Terry, passed away earlier this year. But I think the place has now slowly been improved, with the loss of the kitchen area to create another lounge, and the decor is well up to date, much more trendy, and the property next door is also part of the plan to create more letting rooms and a restaurant I hear. The current letting rooms here are all under refurbishment at this time and slowly but surely, the place will be modernised. Good to be back. A real old friend! Current 2013 gbg entry and 16 times previous in; 1995-7/9/2001-12
Hop Vine (formerly Burscough) - Sutler's IPA5.50ExceptionalJust time for two more winners from a good range of ales. Another new ale too. My comrade from Stockport and I, we homed in on this top ale straight away. Really good stuff.
Pennine (Batley) - see now entry for Pennine (Bedale) after move - Amber Necker3.50GoodAnd another new ale!
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
Robinsons - Old Tom8.50Not Tried
Copper Dragon - Golden Pippin3.90Not Tried
Lancaster - Blonde4.10Not Tried
Lancaster - Amber3.70Not Tried
Robinsons - 1892 Fine Cheshire Ale3.30Not Tried
Facer's - Smithfield Bitter3.50Not Tried
26 Jan 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This really is a rough old boozer and it was not showing its best qualities on a quiet Thursday evening.
Brightside - Winter Ale5.00AcceptableDeep copper in colour, with grainy malt.
Cross Bay - Winter Moon3.60PoorA jet black mild/porter. But in very poor condition, well past its best, and hard to judge its true character.
Robinsons - Hatters Dark Mild3.30Not Tried
Adnams - Gunhill4.00Not Tried
Wincle - Lord Lucan5.00Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)4.10Not Tried
Two Roses - Glorious4.00Not Tried
20 Jan 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress with jugs behind the bar and a good selection on the pumps.
Geeves - Gunwale Dance4.20GoodA crisp citrussy and hoppy golden bitter with a good balance of flavours. My score 15/20.
Big Bog - Frosty Bog4.00AcceptablePale bitter with a dryish bitter flavour and a little hop in the finish. My score 14/20.
09 May 2011 (Flying.geordie)
RedWillow - Ageless7.20Excellent
07 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Quite busy on a Saturday afternoon.
Robinsons - Hatters Dark Mild3.30GoodGood sample of this ruby/amber mild. Some caramel malt and bitterness in the finish. My score 15/20.
18 Feb 2011 (Blair)
Great rough and traditional boozer. Awesome line-up of beers and friendly barmaid.
Robinsons - Old Tom8.50ExcellentTangy old ale, lovely stuff.

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About the Smithfield Hotel

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JZ.

Old fashioned true local boozer. One long room with bar and sitting room areas.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 41 different beers and tried 30 of them.

Map location

Postcode: M4 5JZ