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The ever improving Real Ale scene in Flixton has been boosted by the addition of two pubs that were, for a long time, “Cask Ale Deserts”.


The arrival, just over 12 months ago, of Vicky & Brian O’Keefe as the new management team at The Garrick’s Head on Moorside Road (virtually opposite Trafford General Hospital) has really helped in getting real ale established in the pub and the quality of the beers served has already resulted in it being awarded the Cask Marque.

Three handpumps now grace the single long bar, and recent offerings have included Wells Bombardier, Sharp’s Doombar, Wychwood Hobgoblin and beers from Thwaites and Young’s.

The beers are proving popular with both their regular and new customers.  


Already well known locally for its live music and its screening of live sports, The Garrick is now gaining itself a well deserved reputation for its choice and quality of cask ale.


From The Garrick, a short stroll down to the other end of Brook Road brings you to Flixton Road and to the Bird i’th Hand.



Business partners Darren Shaw and Chris Gates took over at the pub in the middle of August and wasted no time in having four handpumps installed (a real signal of intent).

The beers on offer at “The Bird” are taken from Heineken’s “Discover Cask” programme (on the initial visit to meet Darren, the available beers were Theakston’s Lightfoot, Wychwood Hobgoblin and two from Caledonian Brewery – Deucars IPA and the seasonal Autumn Red).


Darren commented that they have been really pleased with the positive reaction from their customers to the introduction of Real Ale at the pub. They also enjoy welcoming new visitors and being able to show off the quality of their cask beers.


It is really encouraging to see these two previously “cask free” establishments introducing Real Ale with such commitment and enthusiasm and, with the always excellent Flixton Conservative Club just a short walk away from “The Bird”, it is making this area of Flixton an increasingly attractive destination for the real ale drinker.