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News from pubs across the branch area.

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 www.camra.org.uk/listyourlocal


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

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.

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.

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."