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The Old Wellington

$$ - $$$, British,
4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
+44 161 839 5179
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pies” (26 reviews)
“fish and chips” (13 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
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1 - 10 of 578 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We called in by chance for a quick drink after shopping and the atmosphere was brilliant. Stayed for a meal and left about eight. Brilliant food great staff

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful sunny day, very busy both inside and out but everyone respectful and well behaved. Great choice of ales.

Thank Judith C
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you very much for this glorious feedback, Judith! We're absolutely thrilled to hear you had a great time with us. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fancy an after work drink on a summer day in Manchester. Then this is the place. Sadly half of Manchester seems to have same idea. By 5 on a Thursday night there are security guards operating a one in one out policy. Sadly noone is...More

Thank Jan R
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Jan, and thank you for your feedback. It sounds like you were both impressed and unimpressed with our beer garden... Unfortunately there's not much we can do about being popular in the summer! However, we're happy to hear that you see us as THE...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Called before visiting the Printworks. Enjoyed lovely Fish, chips and scampi. Good service. Food was freshly made, hot and tasty. Wine not overpriced. Good value all round for ManchesterMore

Thank Kay M
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you, Kay! This all sounds like you had a great time with us, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your Ocean Fish & Chips! Can we count on seeing you again soon? Feel free to book a table with us if you wish!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Full of character and historical detail. A friendly and welcoming atmosphere on a chilly April day. Had only intended to stop for a coffee, but the pie and mash looked irresistible and it was. Chicken, leek and Brie pie was delicious and good value for...More

Thank Caroline H
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much, Caroline! Sounds like you had an absolutely excellent time with us! We're happy to hear our pies impressed you so much, and that you could tell our team were enjoyed their jobs. We'd love to see you come back - you're...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (two) called in for a pre-lunch drink and were pleased to find one or two nice beers. The atmosphere was pleasant and the terraced area was full of lunch time imbibers. Give it a try if you are in Manchester centre.

Thank AMAZO1949
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Amazing! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with us. Hopefully more than just one or two of our beers are nice ;) we'd love to see you come back.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Purposely chose this place due to its enchanting exterior and boy was I disappointed! It was Easter Sunday and I understand they’d been busy so when they advised ( rather bluntly they’d run out of Sunday roast dinners and gammon I reluctantly chose fish and...More

Thank Lisa W
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lisa. Thank you for taking the time to write us some feedback. Unfortunately our Sunday lunch can be very popular when we're not expecting it, so they do tend to run out before evening service. I'm slightly perplexed about why you'd complain that the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in for a bite to eat, lovely large fish and chips with all the extras, nice and pleasant staff and really enjoyed it.More

Thank john h
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Looks like the author of the review above yours should give this a read, John! Great to hear you enjoyed the fish & chips - one of our signature dishes. Happy to hear you had such a wonderful time; we're looking forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have now visited the Wellington 3 times on visits to Manchester and have never been disappointed We called in recently at lunchtime on a Saturday and had an enjoyable lunch, admittedly we only had soup and sandwiches but they were of good quality and...More

Thank markledo
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Amazing stuff! Thanks very much, Mark! We love hearing from our guests who make the effort to visit more than once, and we're happy to know we haven't let you down! Lovely to see you enjoyed your light bites as well - maybe next time...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I knew then this was 1 of the most old pub in Manchester and I would tried. And I have remained very satisfied! The atmosphere inside appears the same of 100 years ago, the food was good and the beer as well! The service is...More

Thank TuscanyBoy
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Excellent! Thanks very much for this great feedback. We have to agree - not much has changed about the atmosphere here for as long as we can remember! One can only wonder what things have gone on inside our 450 year old walls... Hope to...More

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Pam O
28 April 2017|
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Response from OldWellington | Property representative |
HI Its less than 5 minutes walk
David V
10 January 2017|
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Response from Lee C | Reviewed this property |
City centre prices I'm afraid especially wine
13 October 2015|
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Response from Joanna H | Reviewed this property |
We didn't book when we went, there was only 2 of us and it was early tea time. With any where if it's the weekend or for a larger party I would always book. x
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 21
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 839 5179
  • E-mail
You will find The Old Wellington (est. 1552) in Manchester within a short stroll of Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Station and Exchange Square - however, you won't find another like it. Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served - as they should be - with a generous measure of famous British hospitality. The Old Wellington is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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