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.
The Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2016 is Pi (Altrincham). The award was presented to a packed pub of regulars and CAMRA members on 23rd June. The pub took the opportunity to launch their new range of bar snacks and also provided samples of new varieties of Pie Minster pies.
Pub manager Chris Bardsley receiving the award from branch Chair John O'Donnell
The Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season for Summer 2016 is the JP Joule, Sale.
The presentation was made on 21st June.
Pictured are Branch Chair John O'Donnell with Shift Leader Emma Stubbs.