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When visiting Oldham, there is always the choice of drinking before and/or after in Manchester, which is a very valid alternative.  However, there are a few pubs to recommend in Oldham itself, one of which is very close to the ground, the Rifle Range Inn, 372 Burnley Lane, OL1 2QP ( 0161 626 5543), which is only 10 minutes away from the ground.  The staff are always very friendly and accommodating to both home and away fans, and there is a family room, beer garden, and football on tv for those who cannot wait to watch a match. Local ales are served, including beers from JW Lees, always good value, and good food is provided, the management assert there is always a selection of fine Pies and peas to eat.    


Further away from the ground is the Ashton Arms, 28-30 Clegg Street, OL1 1PL (0161 785 8126), which is about a mile and half from the ground, opposite the old Town Hall, and well worth the visit. There are constantly changing guest ales from local and micro breweries and a good range of the better continental bottled beers.  


The Ashton Arms has a reasonably priced full menu served Monday to Thursday (12.00pm – 6.00pm), and on Fridays between 12.00pm and 3.00pm, whilst on Saturdays and Sundays they serve sandwiches all day. It feels a very homely pub, with welcoming staff and a friendly atmosphere, but would I recommend anything else? Children are welcome during the day and sports are served up on a big screen.  


Also nearer to town is the Three Crowns, 1-3 Manchester Street, OL1 1LE (0161 628 6123), another friendly pub offering a variety of cask ales. The food menu offers a range of freshly made, locally sourced, traditional dishes, at reasonable prices (11 to 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays and 11 to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays).   


The Crowns is an impressive building, internally and externally. It has a timber framed shell with a variety of styles and windows, including magnificent arched windows overlooking the Crown Court. The pub is essentially one big room, but with varying ceiling heights, screens separating areas, and different levels creating a modern feel to this historic building.