Trafford and Hulme’s Autumn Pub of the Season is the Prairie Schooner Taphouse on Flixton Road in Urmston.
Ostensibly a micro pub but actually a decent size, with two distinct seating areas either side of an island bar. Owner Robert MacRae opened the bar two years ago and was named the branch's best Newcomer in 2015. It's second anniversary will coincide with the presentation of the award.
One recent reviewer likened the premises to bringing a bit of Chorlton or Didsbury to Urmston. Can make of that what you will but it has certainly enhanced an area which is up and coming on the leisure front where along with numerous restaurants many real ale outlets have sprung up in recent years.
The premises were formerly a shop selling golfing tackle. The emphasis now is on fermented malt and fruit, consumed in a tranquil atmosphere (no TV or background music). No meals are available but nuts and nibbles are available. Lovers of whisky and wine will also find something of interest and small batch gin is a recent addition.
Recently they have installed an above-ground cellar, beer engines and two more keg lines which means they now offer four hand-pulled real ales and three keg beers. All beer remains independent and mainly local (very often from Blackjack, Brewsmith, Brightside, Dunham Massey, Seven Bro7hers, Ticketybrew or Tweed). They have over 100 bottled beers (British, Continental and American) from the likes of Anchor, Cantillon, Founders, Siren and Wild amongst others. Cider lovers are not forgotten, with real cider and perry in a box along with bottled ciders from the likes of Dunkerton’s and the Moss Cider Project.
Bottles can be taken away for consumption off the premises.
here is a weekly quiz night on Tuesdays starting at 8pm. There is a monthly jazz night every third Wednesday and chill-out DJs on the second and last Friday of each month. Every Thursday is Bring Your Own Vinyl night
The presentation will take place on Thursday 20th. of October from 8pm, as previously mentioned this is the regular bring your own vinyl night also there will be the added bonus of a meet the brewer night scheduled to be from the Poynton brewery.