I'm not a pub person, in fact I abhor pubs, the whole drinking industry and what it represents; alcoholism is not something I am partial to, and going out 'for a drink' is my idea of a worst date. However, The Wharf Pub in Castefield is a reminder that times have changed: the average Brit can hold their drink, know their limits and getting rather jolly on a pint or two can be enjoyed in a fine environment. Yeah right I hear you mutter, but while you may question my ideas of a good time, The Wharf Pub seems to have got it just right.
It is a marriage of all things I like: cleanliness, space, modernity, and an old-school traditionalism that gives it a rustic charm. The bare bricks and patio seating area are possibly my favourite parts of the décor, but The Wharf Pub is not just the best pub in the area because of aesthetics. No, that would be shallow. The price is surprisingly good, considering Castlefield isn't the cheapest area to live and is full of those who live in pricey apartments in and around the pub.
The crowd, however, is surprisingly relaxed. On a Sunday you don't want lairy drunkards, and you won't find them in The Wharf either.
Food is of a fine-dining standard, and it really does feel like a warm, cosy venue to sit back, relax, and enjoy the food and atmosphere.
An average pint comes to £3.80, and spirits start from £4.00. The food is a little pricey for my liking, but the food is so good you are paying for the quality and variety of the menu.
It's not just the excellent food and drinks that draws punters in though, The Wharf has warm and cosy characteristics, such as the many nooks and crannies where chairs are gathered around tables, just like your favoured coffee shop.
The Wharf may become your new regular haunt to catch up with mates and sip a hot drink, not because of the rather darling cottage features, but they serve Danish pastries and hot beverages all day, every day from 11am. Anywhere that sells pastries all day gets my vote.