Raise A Glass: The Barking Dog, Urmston

A former purpose-built post office erected back in 1939, turned renowned alehouse and highly-praised eatery - The Barking Dog has a lot to yap about. 

From its towering ceilings adorned with original beams, to its stunning wooden floors and traditional pub bar, this iconic venue has been meticulously restored and transformed into the hospitality hotspot it is today by its devout and loving owner, Mark Rackham. 

Reopened following its refurbishment in 2017, the venue has since been tempting city dwellers to travel out into the suburb of Urmston, in the neighbouring borough of Trafford, to experience first-hand the multitude of fine refreshments and plates it boasts on its generous menu. 

A welcoming sight for those who dare venture out from Manchester’s hectic epicentre, the venue's interior design is inspired by the various trendy bars found in the bohemian Northern Quarter district of the nearby city. But in contrast to the commotion you might find on Oldham Street and the like, The Barking Dog offers something else. A laid-back, easy-going and relaxed vibe where queues are at a minimum and good service is key. A welcomed change of pace. 

Another CAMRA featured bar amidst our directory of outstanding stockists, serving only the best locally sourced cask ales and lagers (Manchester Union obviously being one of them), The Barking Dog is also a haven for the beer connoisseur. In addition to its substantial offering of beverages produced within the region, it’s also known for bringing in delights from further afield - from craft gins and wines, to scrumpy and cider (there’s even a small selection of cocktails begging to be sampled, should you favour something with more of a kick). 

Pair any one of the aforementioned drinks with a home-made classic pub dish, whilst hunkering down in the main bar area, the snug or, if the weather permits it, in the outside seating area, and you’ve got the makings of a fantastic day or evening spent out with your nearest and dearest. 

A family and dog-friendly venue, proud of its unpretentiousness and embracing atmosphere - The Barking Dog is the perfect escape from the noise outside to enjoy the finer things in life. 

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