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The Old Wellington

$$ - $$$, British,
4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
+44 161 839 5179
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After visiting Chethams library we were looking for somewhere for an early lunch and tried here. The pub is a historical gem in a lovely location away from traffic. The staff were fine, food was mediocre with very poor choice for vegetarians. The price wasn't...More

Thank Maire S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here in September on a Sunday afternoon (5:30pm reservation so not last thing in the evening) and literally half the menu was crossed off as unavailable. It’s not a huge menu anyway and even then several things that weren’t crossed off were also unavailable!...More

Thank cramatdel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to check out the pub after a long absence. Summer’s evening overlooking the Cathedral does help the atmosphere and would recommend. Has more of a wine bar / bistro feel these days however sports on TV and cask ale at the bar. Staff super...More

Thank gilles7727
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Gilles thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. We look forward to seeing you again here in December for Def Leppard. Kind Regards Coelina Chapman General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit on 5 Sept not been for 18 months prior to this visit previously we had to queue to get in restaurant if not there before 12 lunch time, this time very different. My husband's meal was just as good but mine wasn't plump for...More

Thank Resort595139
OldWellington, Manager at The Old Wellington, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Sorry to hear about your latest visit with us. I believe we did go wrong batter that was used and you was offered a replacement. We did go wrong and your meal should have been to high expectations. We take feedback very serious and these...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit Manchester regular like a second home shopping ,drinking,football man city fan of course but tried the old Wellington for food had a three course really nice food service was great thanks abbie and to the chef will be visiting again

Thank susan t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had a great meal in this historic building. We were seated upstairs by the window. You can appreciate the age and history of this building by just looking at the windows. Our waitress was lovely, beers were good. I had the steak pie and...More

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

We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us! I will pass thes elovely commenst to our waitress Izzy who served you. We look forward to your return to us here soon. Kind Reagrds Coelina Chapman General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just simply the best food, beer, service etc etc in the area and probably most of Manchester. If you want a seat I. The restaurant, book well in advance for Friday and weekends. Will be back soon, love the place.

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

Thank you for this lovely review. Such kind words from your latest visit with us. We hope to see you again here soon. Kind Regards Coelina Chapman General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Next to the cathedral in Manchester, this classic pub recreates the old world (it was rebuilt after a nearby booming 1996) sever great selection of ales and food. The burger was one of the best I’ve had(fresh bun, generous patty cooked to perfection!). Low ceilings...More

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Omg from walking in we felt like royalty Food was amazing Staff was great Even had fresh flowers in the loo What can I say, won't be going anywhere else in the future for food

Thank Amanda_B199
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to try a good place for fish and chips in Manchester. My friend recommended it to us. We went to their restaurant Nicholson’s freehouse. The food was amazingly delicious and the portion was ok. The service is a bit slow but the staff...More

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

Thank you Khanfah for this lovely comments. The fish and chips are to die for and we are happy you enjoyed them too. We hope to see you again here soon. Kind Regards Coelina Chapman General Manager

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April 27, 2017|
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Response from OldWellington | Property representative |
HI Its less than 5 minutes walk
David V
January 9, 2017|
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Response from Lee C | Reviewed this property |
City centre prices I'm afraid especially wine
October 12, 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
$10 - $20
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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 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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