Chorlton Challenge 2015
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November 2015

The Chorlton Challenge is the annual survey of Chorlton's 26 pubs and bars which serve cask ale. With the opening of The Elk, Chorlton now has more pubs serving real ale than ever before making this the biggest Challenge ever.

Spread over two days, the challenge is to visit all 26 pubs but if you can't make the full weekend just drop in when you feel you can to support your local pubs. If you know the area then it may be a chance to visit pubs you don't regularly go to.

Times shown bold are planned meeting points, all other times approximate.
If lost call 07979 350863 or 07879 880972

Click here for map of pub locations

 

  Pub / Bar Approx.time
Friday 20th November
1 Bowling Green 7:00pm
2 Horse & Jockey 7:30pm
3 Beech Inn 8.00pm
4 Trevor Arms 8:30pm
5 Parlour 9.00pm
6 The Elk 9:30pm
7 Spoon Inn 10:15pm
8 Strange Brew 10:45pm
Saturday 21st November
1 The Lloyds 12:00pm
2 Spread Eagle 12:30pm
3 Sedge Lynn 1:00pm
4 Beagle 1:45pm
5 Royal Oak 2:15pm
6 Morley Cheeks 2:45pm
7 Duffy’s 3:15pm
8 Dulcimer 3.45pm
9 Electrik 4:15pm
10 Jam Inn 4:45pm
11 Mono 5:15pm
12 The Bar 5:45pm
13 Oddest 6:30pm
14 South West Manchester Cricket Club 7:15pm
15 Marble Beer House 8:00pm
16 Pi 8:45pm
17 De Nada 9:45pm
18 Font 10:30pm

If you like good beer and great rugby why not come along to the 1st Broughton Park FC Beer Festival.

 

Featuring over 25 real ales and ciders from across Greater Manchester and the UK.

 

Open: Friday 16th October 18:00 - 23:00

          Saturday 17th October 12:00 - 23:00

 

Broughton Park Rugby Club, Mauldeth Road West,Chorlton, M21 7TL.

 

Entry £5 inc Festvial Glass.

Food available both days: Fresh Stone Baked Pizza

                                          Crepes

                                          Sweet Shop

World Cup Rugby on the BIG SCREEN: -

Saturday:     Wiiner Pool B vs Runner-up Pool A @ 16:00

                    Winner Pool C vs Runner-up Pool D @ 20:00

Rising Sun, ManchesterWell, yes, the Rising Sun is a 2016 Good Beer Guide pub, just not in the printed guide.

Gaining a place in the Good Beer Guide is no mean feat, with a multitude of CAMRA members effectively mystery shopping pubs over many months and scoring the quality of the beer on the What Pub beer scoring system.

To get to the voting stages a pub must score consistently above average across the year, which is no easy task when working with a live product. It takes great skill in the cellar and from the bar staff and management to ensure standards do not drop and you can be guaranteed a good pint.

Even when a pub has consistently been good across the year, a place in the Good Beer Guide is not guaranteed. With a limited number of places available the rigorous testing is only stage one. Eligible pubs are also surveyed to ensure they meet all the other requirements to be listed in the guide before a Branch vote is taken.

The two bars in the Moose group - Moose of Hale and the recently opened Moose of Chorlton have changed their name to "The Elk". In announcing the change, the bars tweeted #TakenDownByTheBiggerMoose later revealing that the name change was due to complaint by Moose Coffee who have two shops in Liverpool and one in central Manchester. Not wanting to get into extended dispute, the bar version decided to be proactive and change the name. All other aspects of the two bars remain unchanged.

Another name change in Chorlton has seen The Shak becoming The Jam Inn. The Wilbraham Road bar is now 100% owned by Paul Duffy who previously had a third share in former owners Shak Enterprises and brings the bar into the same ownership as Whalley Range's Jam Street Café - hence the name change. There are three handpumps on the bar - on a recent visit they were Fell Brewery Tinderbox IPA, First Chop AVA & Marstons Wainwright. The bar is now doing food Tuesday – Friday 4pm-9pm & Saturday – Sunday 1pm-8pm, including Sunday roasts.

We recently reported on the sad loss of John Glover, landlord of the Old Market Tavern in Altrincham. Since then the future of the pub has been uncertain. It has been reported that the pub will be under new management in the near future, although it is believed that John's daughter Amy will continue behind the bar of the pub and no immediate changes are planned. As any change of management is always going to raise concerns about the future, especially for a much loved community pub such as the OMT, a group of concerned locals including local CAMRA members going under the name "Friends of the Old Market Tavern" have submitted an application to Trafford Council to have the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value.

Across the Altrincham's Old Market place, Enterprise Inns have installed new management at the Orange Tree which is open again following the departure of the team behind Chorlton's Beech Inn. Initial reports said beers on the bar were Lancaster Bomber and Taylor's Landlord and that Sky Sports is back.

Flixton Conservative ClubTrafford & Hulme Branch is very pleased to confirm that The Greater Manchester Club of the Year is Flixton Conservative Club.

The Club which was runners up in this contest in 2013, and winner of the Branch Club of the Year for the last three years (2013, 14 and 15), has worked hard over the last two years to promote cask conditioned ale within the club ensuring that a quality product is always available.

Club steward Nigel Porter told us "We felt really overwhelmed having won the Trafford & Hulme Branch award for the past three years but to go on an pick up the Regional title this year, in the face of such strong competition, is just fantastic."

He went on "We are really grateful to Camra for this award and for their continued support and appreciation of what we are trying to achieve here at the Club."
 
"Sharon & myself have always been passionate about real ale so it was something we were really keen to try and promote when we took up the Stewardship of the Club. What we couldn’t really have envisaged was the intense support we would get from the Club Committee, the Staff and especially from our Club Members."
 

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