Football and beer go hand-in-hand. The best place to watch a game can be on the couch, although you could be missing out on the delights tasty ales that specific regions have to offer, while offering the perfect chance for a getaway.
We’ll now break down two of the best cities in the United Kingdom to watch the footie and then sample some quality real ales.
The city is home to the football club Leeds United and their stadium Elland Road. It provides a unique atmosphere and their matches are always entertaining. Even their manager Marcelo Bielsa makes life very interesting to say the least. There’s never a dull moment, especially considering the Peacocks are battling to return to the Premier League and can be backed in the Championship betting odds at 1/3 to win promotion. After watching one of their frenetic home games, you can return to the city centre for the night out.
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A good place to start could be Leeds’ oldest pub – Whitelock’s Ale House. It features numerous real ales for all tastes along with serving delicious food to soak it all up. Whitelock’s has been included on CAMRA’s good beer guide 34 times out of 40 years of reviews.
North Bar and The Ship Inn also offer the full taste of Yorkshire, offering regional flavours. Yorkies always know their beer and the fact the two pubs are highly rated on Google’s reviews speaks volumes about their quality. Most of the pubs are within walking distance of each other, making it very handy and affordable for manoeuvring around on the night.
There is more than a healthy rivalry between Leeds and Manchester – dating back all the way to the War of the Roses in the battles between the house of York and Lancaster. The Manchester football teams have been a lot more successful that the Whites.
United dominated the Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s, and although they’ve struggled of late, it’s still worth a visit to Old Trafford – one of the most famous football grounds in the world. Manchester City are playing outstanding football and are one of the best teams in the world. It’s a joy to watch them at the peak of their powers at the Etihad Stadium. Try to get to both, but if you’re picking one City are the team to watch.
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After the game you can head into town for a night out. Port Street Beer House has a stellar reputation offering hundreds of real ales in their basement pub. The Marble Arch also offers some of the best craft ale in Lancashire, while the food menu is also very enticing for lovers of steak.
On the west side of the city, The Knott claims to be the ultimate spot for craft beer, while The Briton’s Protection is also a short walk away and you can put the two bars to the test for the best ale on offers in the Deansgate region. There’s no shortage on quality pubs in Manchester and it’s certainly one of the liveliest places in the United Kingdom to visit.