The Clarence – Bury

This feels like a blog post I’ve been waiting a long time to write – we finally got to visit The Clarence in Bury. Ever since I first heard about the plans to reopen it, I’ve been looking forward to going and this weekend we got our chance.

The Clarence is a lovely old building in the heart of Bury town centre. Not being a Bury native, I’m not too familiar with it but I understand it has been closed for a few years. During the summer I got the opportunity to see it while the works were in progress and I got really quite excited about it. It’s from the team behind Automatic and is also home to Silver Street Brewing Co as well as being a pub.

Walking in the door, the first thing you notice is the circular bar which dominates the middle of the floor in the pub and is surrounded by a nice tiled floor. It’s got a good selection of cask and keg beer and as expected, the majority are Silver Street. But it also has a few from Outstanding available (including my favourite, White) and two cask pumps for guest ales.

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We’d picked a Friday night for our visit and we weren’t too sure if we’d manage to get a table in the pub, but luckily we did. There are decent amount of tables in the bar area but it got fairly busy while we were in and a number of people were standing.

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The toilets are downstairs and on the way, you can peek in and see the beer tanks from the brewery which is in the basement.

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The food menu is presented as a newspaper which is a bit fiddly but different. We decided to stick with pub classics – burger and chips for Ross and sausages and mash for me. Two meals with two pints came to £28.

When the food arrived, it was nicely presented and tasty with portions which were generous but not overbearing.

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The Clarence is a nice little pub and I can see it being popular. Although we didn’t venture out of the bar area, the first floor is home to a restaurant and there’s also a cocktail bar on the second floor. I saw these areas while they were a work in progress and will have to make a return visit to check them out.

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