The Pilcrow is now Sadler’s Cat, a contemporary community pub at the heart of the NOMA neighbourhood. Overlooking Sadler’s Yard, it boasts one of the best beer gardens in the city, providing a calm, welcoming space where you can kick back and relax while enjoying a selection of top-class beer from Cloudwater and friends, outstanding natural wine, perfectly-balanced mixed drinks and non-alcoholic serves.
A stone’s throw from Victoria Station and paces away from a bunch of other great venues and watering holes including New Century, Sadler’s Cat is part of Cloudwater’s expansion into public-facing hospitality, alongside the brewery’s Unit 9 taproom around the back of Piccadilly station and one in London.
The pub continues the community vibe that The Pilcrow (created by teams of volunteers, thus dubbed “the pub that Manchester built”) lead with, retaining some of its workshop-created interior features (from some of the furniture to the handmade tiles on the bar counter) plus artworks by local creatives, while bringing some of Cloudwater’s own flair.
Being a Cloudwater pub, the beer selection is excellent, with a bunch of in-house craft beers alongside guest breweries. And the prices are cheaper than you might think, for example a pint of Cloudwater’s Fuzzy Hazy Pale is a reasonable £5.50, and absolutely delicious.