In Urmston, the Prairie Schooner Tap House will be renovating its frontage with new windows, new signage and a large awning. Inside, air conditioning will be added. Events-wise the bar and bottle show now hosts free live music every Wednesday from 8.30 (jazz, blues, folk). Every Thursday there is a “vinyl night” where customers are welcome to bring their own MP3 players! The bottle shop’s range now reflects the great beers being brewed across the North with an emphasis on new breweries too like Torrside, High Peak & Thirst Class.

There's a new landlord at the Bird i'th Hand in Flixton. Mark was previously in charge of Robinsons The Railway in Whaley Bridge. When #thcamra called in there was no cask ale available as Mark is having owners Punch Taverns replace the beer lines. Once the work is complete, is likely to feature Wells' Bombardier and Theakston Lightfoot and possibly a dark beer.

Locals in Hulme have reacted with concern about the sudden closure of The Junction Hotel, one of the last remaining traditional pubs in an area that used to have one on every corner. Is reported that noise complaints about the long running jam nights made by new arrivals to the area curtailed those nights and severely hit trade.

More worryingly is the news that owners Hydes Brewery have wasted no time in selling off the pub to a property developer. Opening Times has no information on who that developer may be or their plans for the pub but local campaigners have vowed to fight any attempts to redevelop the pub which they wish to retain as a community asset. Anybody who is interested in backing the campaign to save the pub should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The CAMRA Revitalization Project is under way. This has been set up to find new ways to breathe life into the Campaign. We are consulting all of you, the CAMRA members. The decision is in your hands. Take a look at the web site, read the Consultation Document, perhaps attentd a local meeting and then compelet the survey...

The next local meeting is at The Gateway, East Didsbury on Wednesday 20th July - 7pm to 9pm

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/4221/gateway-didsbury

https://revitalisation.camra.org.uk/

 

Chorlton has gained yet another bar and restaurant serving cask ales and “craft beer”. The interestingly name “Man Bites Frog” is in the first unit of the Victorian arcade on Barlow Moor Road near to Chorlton Bus station – just down from Strange Brew & The Spoon Inn. In fact co-owner Dave Cleall-Hill has moved from The Spoon Inn to fulfil a long held dream of having his own place.

The wacky name is accompanied by the off the wall aim to be a combo of craft ale bar, laid back restaurant and outdoor cinema! Yep that’s right – cinema! Plans are in place to turn the courtyards at the rear into venue where guests will wear headphones to watch movies al fresco.

Dave, who first came to local prominence during his time at Marble Beer House when it was named Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Year, has partnered with Saffron Hulme formerly of Waterstones café in the new venture. As the name might suggest, the food will be French inspired – including frog’s legs. On the beer front, there are two handpumps on the bar with beers coming from local brewers such as First Chop and Alphabet Brewing Company.

Sale Sports Club has a new steward who will be familiar to many local drinkers. Gwen Partridge was the landlady of the Briton's Protection for many years until departing a couple of years back.

Once described by Elbow's Guy Garvey as "a sharp-witted, elegant and glamorous northern angel" she joins the club, located on Clarendon Crescent just off Dane Road, with a growing reputation for good real ale having hosted two successful beer festivals. Trafford & Hulme CAMRA wishes Gwen every succes in her new role.

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