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A Taste of Great Britain in Manchester, New Hampshire

By Paul Rowe

There was a buzz in Manchester surrounding the British Beer Company before its doors were opened to the public. Locals would continually stop by the job site to chat and check on the progress while the pub was being brought to life.

Since day one, there has been an aura of good cheer spreading from the BBC to all of its guests. With a rotating beer selection, the pub prides itself in bringing in a variety of choices, from the full-flavored fruity hops of Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale down to the full-bodied, copper red, roasted malt bitterness of Hobgoblin.

The vast selection of bottled beer on the menu is chock-full of British delights here, from the silky smooth and bittersweet velvet palate of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, down to the Oskar Blues Brewing Old Chub, a jaw-dropping Scottish ale brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains with a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Locals can't help raising their overflowing mugs in cheers.

"An authentic pub atmosphere must be relaxed, with great food and drink," says Director of Marketing Lisa Fosdick. "Our fresh-made local food and local craft beer help ground us in Manchester. We differentiate ourselves from other pubs by supporting the Manchester community through fundraisers."

The fish and chips, British pies, Chicken Tikki Marsala, and succulent burgers are all popular items on this storied menu. The BBC Burger features a beef patty topped with juicy bacon and gooey smoked Gouda cheese over fresh lettuce, tomato, and red onion, with ketchup and mustard on a grilled brioche roll. The New England Turkey Burger is an instant classic, as well. This sage and onion breaded turkey burger boasts sliced avocado over lettuce and tomato, topped with a cranberry apple slaw on a grilled brioche roll.

The Soups & Starters here are as colorful as the Union Jack. Crispy beer battered pickle spears are served up with English ale mustard for dipping. Homemade Angus beef chili is simmered in Newcastle Brown Ale, topped with melted cheddar and chopped green onions, then served with a side of tortilla chips for scooping.

The English pub atmosphere is hard to resist, and the fun doesn't end with dessert. Whether you're craving blues, rock, country, reggae, folk, DJs, or karaoke, the BBC presents a diverse array of live music.

Manchester was dubbed the "Manchester of America" in 1807 by Samuel Blodget, who envisioned the city as a great industrial center like the Manchester of the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

Manchester has emulated Britain in a variety of ways since then. In Manchester, New Hampshire, like Great Britain and Ireland, the pub or "local" is the center of town life: a place to relax, refuel the body and the spirit, to chat, and be entertained.

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