This Christmas, Selfridges are celebrating in true festive style with the launch of its own pop up pub ‘The Exchange Arms’ – and one of the UK’s most famous ‘barmaids’ was there to officially open it.

Catherine Tyldesley – who plays The Rovers Return’s most glamourous barmaid Eva Price – ‘pulled’ the first pint at the pub, which is open on selected dates from tonight and early December.

Catherine said: “I love Christmas shopping and the atmosphere in the city centre as everyone is rushing about and picking presents for loved ones. Enjoying a festive tipple or joining in a pub quiz is the perfect way to finish off a busy shopping day.”

With specially craft ales supplied by local brewer Alphabet Brewery Company (ABC), The Exchange Arms will host a number of fun and festive events over the next few weeks, including:

  • Thursday 30th November: Christmas Pub Quiz

Test your knowledge in the Exchange Arms Pub Quiz ran by Manchester’s own quiz masters The Quizzly Bears and have fun with friends, with complimentary Christmas cocktails by The Alchemist New York Street plus classic pub snacks.

Tickets: £10 – Purchase tickets here

  • Tuesday 5th December: Gin & Cocktail Tasting – Meet The Makers

Enjoy a meet the maker style tasting and knowledge session with three distillers discussing their very own special gin and cocktails. Each drink will be served with luxurious pub snack style canapes, specially chosen for each drink.

Tickets: £25 – Purchase tickets here

  • Wednesday 6th December: Beer Tasting with local brewer ABC

Enjoy an evening tasting six styles of local Manchester craft beers and enjoy complimentary classic pub snacks. An expert host from ABC brewery, will take you through techniques in testing and analysing the delicious beers.

Tickets: £15 – Purchase tickets here

  • Thursday 7th December: Champagne Tasting

Try a range of champagnes and wines hand-picked by Selfridges very own experts who will talk through the history of Champagne, as well as techniques in tasting. Each drink will be served with complimentary classic canapés – from Mussels to Caviar.

Tickets: £25 – Purchase tickets here 

For further information or to book tickets, visit or Eventbrite

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