The Shoulder Pub

3.8
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31 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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About

The Shoulder Pub is a 17th century country pub set amongst the West Pennine Moors.
Chef owner Chris Yates serves modern British Food with a twist of flair from his Michelin star background, Whilst Dan His
Brother takes care of every guests needs. Offering fine wines and Cask ales to compliment the fine food on offer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
01706 822001
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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3.8based on all time ratings
4.0
Food
3.7
Service
3.6
Ambience
3.6
Value
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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E
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

This was the first time we had visited the Shoulder of Mutton since its refurbishment and whilst the toilet area is much better, the rest struggles between an attempt at fine dining in one part and a gastro pub in the other. This clash of styles does not work unfortunately. The food in general was good although we were not happy with the pitiful amount of crab in a starter . When the waitress was questioned on this, the feedback received was that the kitchen was running short and rationing portion size . In addition there was no wine menu and you had to go to the bar to see what was on offer - even then there was only a general description and we were reduced to reading each bottle to see exactly what it was. Service was good however and the staff cheerful but the pub really needs to address some basis issues if it is ever to reach the heights it obviously aspires to.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

We all ordered different sandwiches from the lunch menu and they were all absolutely delicious. We also had the soup of the day which was really tasty.
Only negative would be the new seating and decoration since we last went in, it has one from a beautiful, cosy pub to a cold and dingy feeling cross between a restaurant and a pub but it doesn't feel like either. It just didn't feel right and has lost the charm it used to have.

PR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2015
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Went on Father's day with my daughter who doesn't like beef or pork and found nothing on the menu. They were so unhelpful and rude. Suspect food is microwaved as they wouldn't swap anything around. Won't ever go back.

D
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2015
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Food; below average and barely warm. The fish was terrible overcooked batter and dry fish, and the chips............who leaves chips!!! we did. Very very expensive for the quality and quantity od food served.. Service was ok at first and deteriorated to poor over the evening. Extremely disappointed. Won't be going back Such a shame, it's a lovely pub in an idyllic setting.

Z
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really good food - and definitely worth trip . Children's roast was also excellent and a good portion - children's sausage and mash was a little bit small portion for anyone but a toddler , but other than that excellent

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2015
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Excellent service by people who knew what they were doing - excellent beer. good cheese and onion pie and steak and ale pudding but too many chips and they were too hard. Would suggest some nibbles as well as starters - we waited thirty minutes for our meal. Appreciate the new decor. Strange their was no lamb or mutton on the menu.

D
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great place, found the staff welcoming, restaurant size of 5 tables in the dining area was intimate, view out the window was a tree lined cobble track - lovely. Great selection of pub style food to choose from at a good price. Will definitely be back again.

D
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2015
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Not having been to the Shoulder for a while I was disappointed to see that the interior had been unsympathetically refurbished and much of the old character had been lost. The food was good and the beer well kept as usual. The staff were friendly and helpful.

CD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Refurb not quite finished, needs a lot more decorative touches!
Staff very friendly and helpful.
Food arrived warm, not hot, not very well presented and definitely over priced in comparison to other local restaurants.
Won't be returning!!

r
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2015
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We picked a bad day before a three day shut down so they had run out of cask beer by 5pm. They seem to have one girl waiting tables who was run off her feet so the service was slow between courses.
However the food was good and we would go again when its not bank holiday.

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a meal on Saturday night the meal was amazing, I had Chicken Kiev and would recommend this to anyone! All 6 of our mains and starters we stunning........make sure you get yourself to the Shoulder yum yum!

JK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

There was five of us in my party and each of us ordered a different meal. Every plate of food was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. Staff were very friendly, relaxed and helpful.

DJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Booking was simple via the Open Table website and staff were happy to oblige and sit us at our table early when we turned up over 45 minutes ahead of time.

One friend and I had roast leg of lamb on a bed of seasonal veg with proper roasties, sweet potato mash, and a giant yorkie - plus a little extra gravy which was no trouble for chef to provide! My other friend had the cheese and onion pie with cheese sauce and looked really happy with her choice too.

Dessert was a mixed affair - I had the Chocolate Fondant which came with ice cream and a jug of chocolate sauce, all totally yummy and runny in the middle as it should be! One friend had apple pie and ice cream (didn't fancy the cinnamon infused creme anglaise) which was quickly polished off, whilst the other had Eton Mess - this wasn't particularly creative or good value compared to the other desserts as the presentation wasn't inspiring and could have been made by anyone. Priced at £5.95, you expect every dessert to be as good and have taken as much effort as the Choc Fondant.

Overall, we still enjoyed our meal and would return again, but won't be ordering the Eton Mess.

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2015
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked a table for 5 people well in advance. We as a family including our 18 month old grandaugher were all out celebrating my husbands birthday.
The table was booked for 4pm. We were left standing in the pub for 40 mins, no apologies or explanation of what the problem was!!
We were then taken to a table, not offered a drink while we were waiting and nobody came to take our order. 5pm arrived and we had to leave as our grandaughter was starving and crying. I told a waitress who just shrugged her shoulders, no apology and she said"i will tell the manager".
We wouldnt return if the food was free and definately not recommend to anyone.

M
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2015
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We visited for my daughters' birthdays (twins) The food was good. The waitress we had was pleasant but not especially friendly or interested. I had seen an offer on Facebook for a free glass of wine, I completed the form but didn't receive the voucher which should have been emailed to me. I mentioned this to the waitress who went to ask the manager, she came back and told me I could have the glass of wine offered "but next time you'll need the voucher". This made me feel uncomfortable as if I was trying to get something for nothing rather than accepting an offer The Shoulder of Mutton made.
The meal cost me £70 for 3 of us, for this price I expect a better experience.

n
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

A cosy if slightly eclectic pub. Had a lovely wood burning fireplace that filled the room with a wonderfull smell. We opted for meals of less traditional pub fare...the Black pudding starter was beautifully presented and was lovely to eat but most flovours were sublte with no real leaning one way or the other. Pork Loin beautifully cooked and presented..really nice plate of food. Can definitely recommend the sausage and mash too tasty sausages. So great food, reasonable service and a nice atmosphere for lunch but a little at the top end of the budget for us..

A
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2015
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Bit of a mixed bag really, nice place and good service. I had fish and chips, fish was beautiful but chips were not the best. Sticky toffee pudding was heated up too much and hard, my daughter eat mine! A bit disappointing but would give it another try.

R
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2015
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

We've been to the shoulder many times and always like it. On this occasion we took some friends for lunch. Whilst the food was great and staff friendly and polite, the service was poor. I'm reluctant to blame the staff as they were clearly working very hard, there was just too few people on shift. We had to ask for our drinks FOUR times and eventually went to the bar and spotted them abandoned on a tray. It took a while for someone to take our order too. When we left, the wrong, and much more expensive, drink order had been added to our bill.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2014
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

My partner had battered monkfish for a starter.. was extremely greasy and not crispy.
I had no problems with my meal, I just wish there was more of an option for vegetarians. Very limited. Main meals were delicious, lovely bread starter for myself. Decent price and lovely service from the staff.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had heard of the Shoulder of Mutton via friends and when a group of us decided on a final winter hike before Christmas, it was the obvious choice. The weather was wet and miserable which make our hike around the local moors somewhat 'challenging'. Getting back to the cars and dumping our waterproofs, then settling into the warm and friendly surroundings of the pub was already an uplifting end to the trip, but as we perused the menus we realised the best was yet to come. 3 of us had Sunday Roasts and 3 had other a la carte options, and all were DELICIOUS. Presentation, ingredients and flavour could not be faulted. 5 of us also decided to go wild and have dessert as the mains had been so good, and these proved to be just as exciting as the previous course - I think we agreed that my sticky toffee pudding was the overall winner...
The service was very friendly and helpful - even when we accidentally broke a glass which ended up in one of our meals - it was instantly taken away to be made fresh, with no hint of annoyance and no mention of additional charge - despite it being our own fault. Those of us not driving enjoyed a selection of real ales too. Unbeatable Sunday afternoon pub/restaurant in our opinion!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2014
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Very slow service again. Just not enough staff working to cover busy Sunday

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic meal here on Wednesday evening. We came after a recommendation. We were immediately welcomed and made to feel special. The service was top notch, the food was gorgeous and the atmosphere was lovely. 10/10 from us.

E
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2014
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The Shoulder of mutton never ceases to amaze us, excellent food and friendly service, we have visited on numerous occasions.

JG
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2014
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food is amazing and the young people behind the bar & waiting on the table were lovely.
They welcolme dogs so thats great if you are out for a walk and fancy a pint!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2014
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Service not very good
One waiter forgot our drinks
After the main course we waited over 30 minutes for the table to be cleared and were not offered desert menu
When we asked for the bill the waitress forgot so we asked again at the bar
Disappointing as the food is very good!

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food. Ideal for a treat night!

T
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have now been twice for an eve meal and a drink to this busy popular pub. On both occasions the food was of a high standard. Served by very friendly staff. They also serve excellent well kept real ale and a range of good wines. Well worth a visit.

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2014
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Started off by not finding our booking, finally seated us in small area no atmesphere, near kitchen, drinks served straight away good but then didn't return to take our order, after 20mins we asked, when it was served wrong food brought out, took part order back and waited 10mins for it to return so side orders and my sons order cold, what else can i say!!!!!! had far better dineing experiences for less money.

K
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We booked on line and received a call to confirm the booking - very efficient. The staff were very friendly and it appeared to be very well run and organised.

Mussels were fantastic.

Had the Fathers Day Roast Beef and they provide 2 options - pink or cooked through. We both went for pink. The food was gorgeous. The best Yorkshire Pudding I've ever had and it was huge.

Sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Just gorgeous and nice and light.

Recommended to friends already.

B
Worcestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2014
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

No starters, no wine/alcohol , 4 meals 2 deserts £100+
Maybe it's because it was Father's Day.
Food itself was good, no complaints but I eat out weekly and thought it was very overpriced for a pub.£22 for a steak makes London cheaper. I'd have a rethink about some of the prices. Appreciate there is little competition and again this is a potential contributing factor

r
Manchester
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This place has got the right ambience between the bar menu and restaurant one good homemade local food and the other more upmarket but with local food items will be back