Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017

The Chorlton Challenge is the annual survey of Chorlton's 27 pubs and bars which serve cask ale - sadly one less than last year.

Spread over two days, the challenge is to visit all 28 pubs but if you can't make the full weekend just drop in when you feel you can to support your local pubs. If you know the area then it may be a chance to visit pubs you don't regularly go to.

All times approximate. If lost call 07802 555163 or 07879 880972

Click here for map of pub locations

Friday 17th November

1 The Lloyds 7pm
2 Spread Eagle 7.30pm
3 Bowling Green 8.15pm
4 Horse & Jockey 8.45pm
5 Trevor Arms 9.15pm
6 Lead Station 9.45pm
7 Elk 10.15pm
8 Parlour 10.45pm
9 Beech Inn 11.15pm

Saturday 18th. November 

1 Spoon Inn 12midday
2 Strange Brew 12.30pm
3 Man Bites Frog 1.00pm
4 Duffy’s 1.30pm
5 Morley Cheeks 1.50pm
6 Sedge Lynn 2.30pm
7 Beagle 3.15pm
8 Royal Oak 3.45pm
9 Dulcimer 4.15pm
10 Electrik 4.45pm
11 Chorlton Tap 5.15pm
12 Oddest 5.45pm
13 SWMCC 7.00pm
14 Marble Beer House 7.45pm
15 Pi 8.30pm
16 Mary & Archie 9.15pm
17 Keg & Cask 10.00pm
18 Font 10.30pm

You may download a PDF Scoring sheet listing all the pubs and times here

Barry, the Landord of the Belgium Bar has contacted Trafford & Hulme Camra to say that Real Ale is now on offer again and there should be two handpumps operating from this week. If this is successfull he has promised to add more. In addition the range of UK "Craft" beers has been expanded.

He has also informed us that a discount will be available to CAMRA members.

Flixton’s Fox & Hounds is under new management with Andy Flynn taking over in mid-March. Andy is a active CAMRA member who regularly enjoys a busman’s holiday serving and cellaring at CAMRA festivals, including at January’s Manchester Beer & Cider Festival. He is no stranger to the pub game either having been at the helm of the Bird i'th Hand in Hindley, Wigan for the last four years.

The new management immediately brought back cask ales and when we called a few days into Andy’s tenancy, two cask ales from Theakston’s were on offer - Atlantic Red and Vanilla Stout. The selection will rotate from the guest list provided by owners Star Inns - aka Heineken – so Heineken’s own Caledonian brewery will be likely to feature – with the aim of increasing the range available once a modest refurbishment project has been completed. There is a quiz on Monday evenings from 9 pm and weekends will feature live music karaoke on Friday nights & professional singers on Saturdays.

Whilst out on the Brooklands Crawl, one of the cohort was approached by a man who asked "Are you the beer lady'?
 
His name is Dave Biss and he is taking over the Robinsons House, The Railway in Sale on 23rd March.  His last position was Steward of the United Services Club in Sale and before that he worked at the Old Market Tavern in Altrincham.  He has been in the trade for 10 years now.
 
Robinsons have told him that the pub has had issues over the past couple of years so he has to build the trade back up.  Indeed, when he went to view it before he took it on there was no cask ale available as no one had ordered any.
 
He is up for the challenge and is looking forward to welcoming CAMRA members.
 
Trafford wish him well in this new venture and hope that he will soon have some Cask Ale conditioned for use to enjoy!

Chorlton’s de Nada bar & restaurant has announced that it is closing it’s doors on 9th April. It was four years ago that co-owners Nigel & Sam decided to bring a taste of their favourite continent to this small bar at the north end of Manchester Road with Nigel adding his love of cask ales to the mix as well as a notable commitment to stocking real cider and perry at all times. Whether it was to enjoy their top-quality food or just to pop in for a quiet pint away from the hustle of some of the areas louder bars, de Nada brought something different to Chorlton that will be missed. Trafford & Hulme Camra wishes Nigel and Sam all the best for their future endeavours.

 

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