There’s certainly a time and place for a busy boozer, but sometimes we just want to sit down, take in our surroundings and enjoy a quiet drink.

We’re lucky enough to have a wide variety of pubs across Greater Manchester offering every type of environment - from vibrant bars and clubs to your more traditional fare.

As we approach the long, cold nights of autumn and winter, many of us tend to be drawn towards those offering local craft ales alongside cosy sofas and fireplaces.

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Food writer and critic Tom Parker Bowles and TV presenter, author and wine expert Olly Smith recently unveiled their top 100 cosiest pubs in Britain.

If you fancy a ‘quiet one’ this autumn - or any time of the year really - then we’ve rounded up their top picks for comforting pubs across Manchester while also featuring some nearby delights in Lancashire and Liverpool too.

The Marble Arch

Situated on Rochdale Road in Angel Meadow, just a short walk away from the Northern Quarter, is the Marble Arch - the birthplace of the Marble Brewery.

The winner of too many awards to name, the first thing that will grab you as you walk in the Marble Arch is the sloping mosaic floor which leads you right up to the bar where you can choose from eight kegs of their own and guest beers alongside a variety of other drinks.

There’s also an open-plan kitchen offering everything from your traditional pub grub to ‘fusion cuisine’.

73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester M4 4HY |facebook.com/themarblearch

The Marble Arch on Rochdale Road

The City Arms

“We are a really lovely little pub right in the city centre," is how the City Arms describes itself on Facebook, and it’s a statement that anyone who's visited the establishment on Kennedy Street can attest to.

With eight rotating guest ale pumps, alongside a huge selection of gins, whiskeys and ciders, you’ll always be able to try something new if the temptation is there.

46-48 Kennedy St, Manchester M2 4BQ |facebook.com/cityarmsmcr

The City Arms

The Circus Tavern

The Circus Tavern on Portland Street is described as being the smallest bar in Manchester - perhaps even Europe - and comes with the guaranteed cosy tick boxes of fireplaces and wooden panelling.

With room for only around 45 customers, things may become a little cramped come a busy Friday or Saturday night but it’s worth it just for the atmosphere alone.

86 Portland St, Manchester M1 4GX |circustavern.co.uk

The Circus Tavern

Café Beermoth

More modern than others, Café Beermoth on Brown Street has offered a variety of craft beers from all across the world since 2015.

The Belgian-style beer café is a vibe in itself with plenty of choice (and cheese boards!) and just a generally relaxing environment. It’s perfect for a chilled autumn night with friends.

Brown St, Manchester M2 1DA |beermoth.co.uk

Café Beermoth

Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Liverpool

One of the north's most flamboyant and unique places to drink? Quite possibly…

‘The Phil’, as it’s often referred to by those in the know, on Hope Street in Liverpool, is classy and gorgeous with high ceilings and ornate features.

A favourite with concert-goers, it's a building of historical importance too, after being given Grade I-listed status last year.

36 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX |nicholsonspubs.co.uk

The interior of the Philharmonic Dining Rooms pub

Freemasons, Wiswell

The award-winning Freemasons pub and inn in Wiswell, Clitheroe sits on the former site of three small cottages, one of which was a freemasons' lodge.

Situated in the Ribble Valley, the pub features a hefty selection of cask ales, wines, beer and ciders, and it’s described as having ‘a great ambience in surroundings that wrap around you like a warm blanket’. Sounds like a top tier autumnal location to me.

8 Vicarage Fold, Wiswell, Clitheroe BB7 9DF |freemasonsatwiswell.com

The Freemasons at Wiswell

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