Friendly atmosphere and friendly prices at the Friendship
Situated in the heart of the student area, Fallowfield, in South Manchester, the Friendship Inn caters for everyone from those looking for a quiet pint to the larger groups looking for a place to start the night. Generally the pub is quite large with plenty of tables and bar space, and it also features a good sized beer garden out the front that has a reputation for becoming very full in the summer evenings.
The pub has a great atmosphere at any time of day, the staff are a friendly bunch and the service times are usually decent, obviously depending on how busy it is. The name really does fit the atmosphere on this occasion; regardless of how quiet or busy it is, you feel at home in the Friendship Inn.
In terms of drinks you can get a good range of draughts, bottled beers, lagers and wine. The drinks prices are good value, though take this with a pinch of salt because I've been in London for the past two weeks. There is a happy hour in the afternoon where the prices drop dramatically if you're looking to save money. A personal favourite of mine is a pint of Harp and at £1.79 a pint when I last checked, it's hard to go wrong really. The Friendship in is a Hyde's pub, so you can expect the regular Hyde's beers as well as some 'guest' ales.
If you're feeling a bit peckish after a few beverages you might want to sate that appetite with some grub. This is where you take a look at the Friendship's extensive menu and make the toughest choice of your life. Choose from your average pub grub to the more 'exotic' Sayuri Noodle Bar menu. The food prices are fair and with £6.25 for classic fish and chips as a reference point.
As I mentioned before the venue is big. There are also plenty of facilities to keep you entertained, whether you like washing away money with the pub quiz machines, trying your hand at darts, or sitting down to watch the football. If you enjoy sport, they have numerous screens around the bar so you can watch the game, an important factor in pubs these days. Generally the pub is well set out, it's a relaxing place to go or exciting if you choose to make it that way. It's also very cheap if you're a student, of which there are plenty residing in the Fallowfield area.
The pub also includes free WiFi access and limited parking spaces.