The Crown and Kettle is one of the great comeback stories. In 1989 the Grade II listed hostelry on the corner of Oldham Road and Great Ancoats Street was abandoned after an arson attack, its stunning interior with amazingly ornate ceilings seemingly doomed never to be seen by the public again. It remained boarded up for 16 years until it was restored and reopened in 2005. Now a decade on this cask ale bastion has been named Greater Manchester’s regional finalist in the Campaign for Real Ale’s Pub of the Year competition. It is up against 15 other pubs from across the country, competing for the coveted national title, the result to be announced in February 2016. Under current landlord Jason Stephenson the pub stocks nine cask ales and six keg beers plus a further selection of 30 bottled and canned craft beers and 25 ciders. Look out for the new Zeitgeist craft beers – a side project of Jason’s.