Last weekend we had the pleasure to travel to Manchester for a conference. The conference was being held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Right across the road from the museum is a charming little pub that doubles as a hotel, The Ox Noble.
The hotel is situated is an accessible area, just five minutes drive to the centre of Manchester and a mere stones throw from a number of restaurants. There was a steady stream of taxi cabs passing bay at any one time, given the hotel is literally across the road from the Museum itself.
The Ox Noble has a picturesque appearance, white washed with old fashioned woodwork. A small garden area caters for the smokers or those wishing to partake in a little sunshine, something we had plenty of last weekend. There are a number of chairs and tables providing ample outdoor seating under the beautiful boughs of a stunning blossom tree and opposite a very pretty park.
Inside the pub is as quaint as you would expect, but with a sincere modern emphasis on the old fashion interior. Soft lighting, luxurious furnishings and dark wood, make for a real atmospheric place to sit, drink and eat.
Speaking of eating and drinking, there is plenty on offer. A wide selection of ales, beers, larger, spirits and liquors are on offer, as well as soft drinks and snacks. The menu is also varied and provides something for almost everyone. the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, even having knowledge of Coeliac’s Disease (needing a gluten free diet) and offering suggestions from the menu based on that need. The food and drink was slightly more expensive that you would expect. Our main course and desert was £11.95 each, this included a burger and chips, finished off with a bowl of ice cream and a Coca cola cost just short of £3.00.
The hotel is located upstairs and sports 11 rooms behind a secure door, separating pub/restaurant from accommodations. It is important to note that the hotel is not really set out for people with mobility issues and certainly not for someone who is in a wheelchair, there are extremely steep stairs and we had to traverse three staircases and heavy doors with big suitcases.
We stayed in a family room which cost £90 for the night, had one double bed and one single, en suite bathroom and tea making facilities. The room was spacious and clean with fresh towels and sheets. Whilst the room was lovely, we were unable to connect to the free Wifi for our entire stay.
We enjoyed our stay but the complication of no wifi, a requirement for us and the awkwardness of getting to the rooms coupled with the price of food and drink, leaves us to award The Ox Noble three out of five butterflies.