The Ox is in Castlefield, an area of Manchester with a Roman fort as well as a rich industrial history. You can learn about this history in the Museum of Science and Industry just over the road, or enjoy a drink in one of the canalside bars nearby.
Rooms are simply decorated with white walls, red throws and cushions, and black and white framed pictures. I love the sash windows but they aren’t particularly soundproof. If you are a light sleeper and are not planning on staying out partying, ask for a room on the second floor as those directly above the pub can be noisy. Each room has a new, functional en suite bathroom with a shower only.
There are no public areas for guests only and no reception – you need to ask for your keys at the bar. However, rooms are spacious enough to unwind in and have tea and coffee making facilities as well as freeview TV.
Eating and drinking
The Ox Pub serves great traditional food and a good range of cask ales and wine. The wood-panelled bar with red leather seats, deep red feature walls and walls crammed with pictures has a friendly atmosphere and is always buzzing – the last time I was there it was 4pm on a Thursday and sections of the bar were already full. The pub’s two courses for £10 menu is popular with the city’s residents. The Ox doesn’t serve breakfast but there are plenty of options to refuel if you walk into the city centre.
Young and friendly.
Who stays there
Young professionals enjoy the good value rooms, food and central location during the week and partygoers spend the money they have saved on accommodation in the nearby bars and clubs at the weekend.
On quiet week nights, room rates can be a bargain given the hotel's central location.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Spacious, good-value rooms
- Central location
- No breakfast
- Rooms directly above the pub can be noisy