The Lass O’Gowrie is located just off Oxford Road next to the crumbling and mostly flat remains of the BBC, I think that the pub has been struggling since the alcohol hungry and generally nice people of the BBC have moved to the desolate wasteland of Media City. In fact inside over the bar there is a letter telling you so and that also Greene King are money grabbing bastards who are essentially putting the pub out of business with their ridiculous beer costs.
Now I’ve been in the Lass O’Gowrie a few times and I always think it’s OK if not good but there’s something missing. The place looks great if not cluttered with accumulated tat from a few decades of video games and films. It kind of makes it feel like my Mum and Dad’s loft with a load of crap you just can’t throw away because you know, it might be worth something someday. When I first went in I liked it but as I go more I like it less, like a joke that gets less funny with every telling. It does have a snug though which I always like in a pub. I think it’s supposed to be retro.
The pub has a few vintage arcade games propped up just behind a wall and a couple of old game tables. They are pretty cool if you can get on them but they’re set away from the rest of the tables meaning that you pretty much have to go on them alone or you have to drag whoever you’re with away from the table (long suffering girlfriend). So they’re kind of there and you want to use them but it means leaving the conversation, the table and company to go over to them in the hope some fat guy isn’t stood in front of them.
The layout of the pub is a bit jumbled as well. There are two big booths at the top end of the pub and a great little smoking area for those that smoke. There’s also the snug which is also nice and cosy (snug if you will). Those are all well and good. The problem arrives when you come into the main area next to the bar and just along from it. It’s cluttered and the tables get in the way of the main part of the bar if there’s a queue. The smaller tables are in the way and get pushed together so you can’t quite get round them or even sit comfortably. At some point I remember they had long benches there, that was better. Sharing is better than trying to sit on uncomfortable stools back to back with other people.
Anyway, they have good beer at the Old Lass. The standard is Betty’s Best apparently in honour of the cleaner, which I quite like.
It’s only £2 a pint for students as well! Yay! It’s brewed by the Outstanding Brewery. It’s a nice light, hoppy beer and very drinkable. They have a few guest ales as well but I can’t remember what they were they’re usually pretty good though.The Lass O’ Gowrie is a great pub with loads of character and despite my gripes I do genuinely like it. I go in all the time because it’s cosy if you get the right seats. It really just needs a major re-ordering, the beers great and the staff are friendly. It’s a true quirky manc pub and needs our business.
I feel like I’ve been harsh in this review but I have written it like my teachers wrote my reports at the end of the year. ‘Must try harder.’ My teachers liked me, they liked my work but my effort was low. Now I understand completely. The Lass ‘O’ Gowrie must try harder.