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The Oast House: Halle Choir And Flights Of Beer

A carol, chestnuts and beer at the weird but attractive drinking and dining den

Published on December 6th 2012.

The Oast House: Halle Choir And Flights Of Beer

CHRISTMAS is shaping up well in the city centre. Perhaps better than any other year.

The kitsch but beguiling, teepee-adorned building and courtyard has a lyrical Christmas treat worth visiting. 

On a markets' tour with the younger generation last Saturday night every stall was doing a roaring trade. We got five metres into Albert Square before hordes of revellers pushed us back out. Appparently 80,000 people went through the Square on the first Saturday in December.

So we went to Brazennose Street and found sausages and then went to the Oast House for a drink. 

Oast HouseOast House

The streets as well as the markets were packed. It was perfectly Christmassy everywhere. It was a Yule Rules evening, the deepest cynics would have smiled. The helter-skelter in Spinningfields was a right laugh.

Back to the Oast House. 

The kitsch but beguiling, teepee-adorned building and courtyard has a lyrical Christmas treat coming up. Something for the Christmas romantic. 


On 6 and 13 December (a pair of Thursdays) the Halle Youth Choir will open its collective throat and entertain us with classic Christmas carols. There’ll also be hotpot and roasted chestnuts on sale in the Oast House courtyard.  The choir of course, is the one of the choral arms of the city’s Halle Orchestra. There are other choirs and more Christmas nosh on offer up until Christmas on other Thursdays, if you miss the Halle. To listen just turn up. 

A nice touch at The Oast House on our visit and one becoming popular everywhere, is the flight of beers, where for £4 in this case, you get three thirds of pint lined up on a cut wooden tray. 

This gives variety to the drinking experience.

At Oast House the triplet of Loweswater Gold, Phoenix's Arizona and Red Willow's gorgeous Wreckless puts a big beaming Santa smile on the face. 

It also helped loosen the body for the skating with which we followed up the refreshment.

Take wings and flyTake wings and fly

Spinningfields skatingSpinningfields skating

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top - this can also apply with the 'Flight of Beer' pictured aboveWhen I get to the bottom I go back to the top - this can also apply with the 'Flight of Beer' pictured above

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 6th 2012.

There is actually so much to do I don't know how I'm going to fit it all in.

Poster BoyDecember 6th 2012.

Busier than ever for sure. Recession, what recession?

It works, providing the City also has an army of overnight cleaners for the clear and clean up, in prep for the following day.

StephenDecember 8th 2012.

I like my beer, and not much comes between me and my pint. However Oast House manages to put me right off. The stench of burning animal flesh is absolutely disgusting. I normally just quietly get on with my meat free existence amongst those who don't share my distaste, but when you have to run away from the pub for fear of vomiting on drinkers and diners, it's not good. When you can't even stand outside and have a drink it's not good either.

Moan over!

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Bilbo BobbinsDecember 10th 2012.

HAHAHA "the stench of burning animal flesh is absolutely disgusting' !!! HAHAHA You mean that glorious smell of BBQ meat, that God has given us to do as we wish? The loveliest smell on Earth, crispy grilled chicken dripping in garlic butter? A superb beefburger, growling in its bun? Gordo is right, veggie weirdo's should be regularly beaten with leather whips...

StephenDecember 12th 2012.

I'm not a "veggie weirdo" I just cannot stomach meat. This pub resembles what it must be like to stand and drink a pint at an abattoir on fire. I have no problem with other people eating the stuff, I'd just rather not have to feel like I've spent a week cooking it for them.

OwenJanuary 2nd 2013.

If you find the smell of cooking meat so repulsive steer clear. Simple option its your lifestyle choice not the choice of the majority around you.
Your sad affliction seems rather overdramatised and could be dealt with a small dose of getting over yourself.

Blue PeterDecember 13th 2012.

Sorry Stephen but there is a simple answer to your dilemma. Vote with your feet. Then you'll probably avoid the kind of sad Clarkson wannabes such as Dildo Dobbins.

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TimbucDecember 14th 2012.

Hear hear.

StephenDecember 19th 2012.

I do vote with my feet Blue Peter! But as long as I have a mouth on my face (or fingers and Internet access) no Clarkson wannabe will ever silence me from passing comment.

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