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.
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.
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.
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.
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.