In an era where entertainment and communication is controlled by the means of technology, a small number of public houses are coming together to combat the trend and give tipplers a chance to immerse themselves into what pubs once where.

The trendy concept of the ‘micropub’  is taking off all over the UK. The small freehouses serve cask ales, offer traditional pub snacks and thrives upon conversation, shunning the use of the Internet.

Perception has looked into nine of the best micropubs, on your Manchester doorstep.

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  1. The Grocers Micropub – Cadishead

Converted from the old local shop, The Grocers is a small one roomed micropub where beers and good conversation are at the forefront.

Real ales are on offer from local microbreweries, as well as a selection of British ciders.

The Grocers was one of the first micropubs in the area.

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 2. Calan’s Micropub – Hebden Bridge

Take yourself out the city and enjoy Calan’s Micropub in Yorkshire.

The 19th century style pub sells a range of real ales, pale ales and dark beers, produced by local and regional microbrewers.

3. Cask Bar – Castlefield

Located in the heart of Manchester, Cask Bar is one not to be missed, whether visiting for an unwinding drink after work or a leisurely weekend trip for a few tipples.

The beer list is one of the most comprehensive across Manchester, selling German wheat beers, strong Belgian imports, special Dutch lagers and a range of bottles, from around the globe.

An outdoor patio garden also boasts a jukebox playing an array of Manchester bands and artists, perfect for summer chilling.

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4. The Chiverton Tap – Cheadle Hulme

A short walk from Cheadle Hulme station, The Chiverton Tap is easily reached with the option of catching the train home.

Punters can choose between cask and keg ales, with a traditional selection of pies served every Friday afternoon.

5. The Samuel Oldknow – Stockport

Immerse yourself into the traditional public house setting, with a log fire, nuts on every table and a selection of local beers at The Samuel Old Know.

The Stockport micropub boasts six hand pulls, six taps, traditional cider, wines and spirits, as well as hosting local bands each month.

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6. Beer Shed – High Peak

Located close to the Peak District, Beer Shed offers a shed load of ales to those escaping a week in the busy city.

The cosy micopub may have only been open for a few months but tipplers are already spoilt for choice with local ales, crafts and continental beers.

7. Bridge Beers – Stalybridge

A combined micropub and bottle shop on the main shopping street in Stalybridge, those with a taste for ale should not just window shop at Bridge Beers.

The reinvented hairdressers has an atmospheric downstairs bar and a comfortable Victorian lounge upstairs.

As well as constantly changing the beers on offer, crisps, nuts and pork scratchings are served, giving punters the real traditional freehouse experience.

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8. The Treacle Tap – Macclesfield

When it comes to the essence of micropubs, The Treacle Tap has it covered.

Offering three constantly rotating real ales, bottled beers, wines and spirits, there is something for everyone who visits the Macclesfield public house.

As well as a diverse range of drinks, The Treacle Tap also prides itself on hosting live music and quizzes, as well as serving up meats and cheese platters from their five-star awarded kitchen.

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9. Barley Hops – Congleton

Starting up as a stall at Congleton Food and Drink Festival, Barley Hops owners soon found a market for opening as a micropub.

After finding the perfect location at Swan Bank, onlookers are unable to walk past without being curios of the first micropub in the Macclesfield area.

Now four years in business, Barley Hops serves real ales produced by the local microbrewery.

Find more micropubs in your area.


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