Altrincham is to get a new bar.The branch was recently contacted by Nick Scott to tell us abut The Craftsman.

The bar is being opened by Nick & his stepfather Colin with the plan to sell “craft beer & fine wine”. The bar will be  41 Stamford New Road... between the Station & Goose Green.

They tell us they plan to feature a great selection of cask & keg beers in a venue which is aimed at those who appreciate good beer in good company and in relaxed, comfortable, safe & welcoming surroundings. We wish them well & will look forward to calling in when they open.

The Bowling GreenTrafford & Hulme CAMRA are pleased to report that Manchester City Council has added The Bowling Green, Brookburn Road, Chorlton to it's register of Assets of Community Value following an application by the Branch.

Chorlton has very many pubs and bars, but the granting of this application prooves that it is the very unique properties of each pub which matter. The Bowling Green very much serves its local community, whether it be for a good value wholesome meal, the use of their function room for meetings, parties and celebrations or the regular gathering of the community in the act of worship of Gaelic Football.

With the granting of ACV status, should the pubs owners put the building up for sale, the local community will have six weeks to decide whether they are interested in buying it followed by six months to raise funds. More significantly, the status also brings additional protection in planning law meaning any change of use from being a pub will require a full planning application. This will help prevent the pub going the same way as The Feathers (now Tescos) and The Southern Hotel (now a restaurant).

Manchester Council is currently considering another application to add the nearby Beech Inn to the ACV register while Trafford Council has been asked to consider Altrincham's Old Market Tavern as an community asset.

To find out more about Assets of Community Value and how you can help protect your local pub, see


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


                                          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

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

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.