Embrace is a new café bar cum nightclub on Stamford New Road (formerly the site of Uluru, Cushion & The Flamin' Galah). They opened back in November with the tag line "The House of Spirits" and a drinks menu dominated by cocktails & draught beers from London's Meantime Brewery.
However, in March, the range expanded to include locally produced beer with the addition of a single handpump on the bar. They are free of tie and can therefore source whatever beer they like but initial offerings have been from Bury's Brightside Brewery, including Manchester Skyline and Odin.
There is live music every weekend (Friday or Saturday) and a wide range of other events. Food mainly consist of cold platters, pies and wraps but as the warmer months come along, the bar plan to make use of their roof terrace to host evening barbecues. CAMRA salutes bars like Embrace which may not have beer as their focus but still appreciate that a good quality real ale is something that their customers will appreciate and offer their customers the choice.
Meanwhile the Station Hotel, an on-off outlet for many years, has returned to the real ale fold. It has recently featured two beers which aren't that common round these parts - Theakston Old Peculiar and Theakston XB. Quality has been reported as good. We hope to catch up with the new tenants shortly to hear their plans for this oft overlooked pub which has an excellent location opposite the recently re-opened Altrincham Interchange.