Manchester’s most bohemian neighbourhood is filled with some of the best bars, cafés and independent shops in the city. Chorlton also offer close proximity to plenty of green spaces, with the meadows and River Mersey within walking distance. Whether you’re looking to sip on a pint of craft beer or stock up on vegan groceries, there’s plenty to do and see in this creative suburb.
Once you’ve walked down Beech Road and arrived at Chorlton Green, you instantly feel like you’ve left the city far behind. This leafy square is the perfect place to sit with a pint of beer from the Horse & Jockey pub on a sunny day, but it is also the gateway to the woods and meadows that beckon just minutes away. You could spend an entire day wandering around Chorlton Ees, taking your dog for a long walk or cycling down the many trails that lead to the River Mersey and onwards to Chorlton Water Park.
The Parlour on Beech Road is home to one of the most delicious roast dinners in the city. Ensure that you book in advance as every table is always full as locals flock here to dine on huge plates filled with classic Sunday roasts. There are always several choices of meat on offer, as well as a popular vegetarian options and plenty of tasty starters and deserts. The pub is friendly and cosy, more reminiscent of a country inn than a bar in the suburbs, providing a warm environment for spending relaxing Sunday afternoons.
The Parlour, 60 Beech Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 862 9535
Rumour has it that the CW. Etchells newsagent on Beech Road sells more copies of The Guardian than any shop outside London, making Chorlton’s cafés the perfect place to settle down with a copy of the newspaper (or any publication of your choice) and while away a couple of hours. Our café of choice has to be Barbecue, a snug little independent café that roasts its own beans onsite.
Barbecue, 486 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 881 1178
More and more people are flocking to Chorlton’s many bars and snubbing the city centre for a night out. The proximity of most of the bars means that it’s easy to hop from one to the other, preferably starting out on Beech Road before heading to the gaggle of bars opposite the bus station, then down the road to the crossroads known as ‘Four Banks’ where you’ll find later openings. You’ll mostly find 20 and 30-somethings sipping craft beer and bobbing their heads to hip music.