News from pubs across the branch area.

Chorlton can already claim to be one of the premier destinations in the whole country for the beer lover and it’s still getting better.

In February, the former Crema cafe on Manchester Road reopened as Mary & Archie – an offshoot of the successful West Didsbury bar. The unusually shaped bar (the cellar access is actually below the bar) has four hand pulls while the back bar has a font wall with 9 taps. A packed out opening night saw local brews from First Chop and RedWillow lining up alongside London’s Five Points Railway Porter on the pumps, with Blackjack, Cloudwater, Tweed, Siren and Titanic Plum Porter amongst the many top breweries to have featured in the first few weeks.

The bar, which is situated on corner of Kensington Road between the existing Pi and Font bars, is a family affair with Elli Peake at the helm, her brother Tom looking after the kitchen and mum Bev in the background – the same team who set up the original 5 years ago. Larger than its Burton Road sibling, there is seating for around 50 inside while outside there is a large wrap-around terrace that looks set to be a premier Chorlton destination in the warmer months.

Breakfast is served daily until 3pm, with range of mains including daily specials served all day. Those missing their Sunday Roast at Wetherspoons can head to Mary & Archie instead where their Sunday deal offers a roast dinner and a pint of ale for £12. Should you have a sweeter tooth, you can choose from a selection of cakes and brownies from the award winning Silver Apples bakery.

Beagle MembershipChorlton's The Beagle has introduced a new membership scheme.

Those who sign up and collect their membership card get 10% off draught & bottled beer and cider at all times plus access to special offers on food such as all you can eat Taco Tuesdays for £9.95 throughout February & March.

They have also teamed up with Beech Road's independent deli, wine/beer merchant & grocery store Epicerie Ludo who will also give Beagle Members 10% off all Beers, Lagers and Craft Ales when spending over £10 in a single transaction (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer).  Pay them a visit, you wont regret it.

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Similar schemes have also been introduced at the group's two other bars in Manchester, Port Street Beer House and Common

The Food AssemblyStretford’s Sip Club continues to come up with innovative ways to support its local community.

The latest is to become a hub for The Food Assembly – a network which connects local people to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and foodmakers. Orders are placed and paid for online at thefoodassembly.com and then The Sip Club welcomes the producers to their “hive” every Thursday evening for people to collect their orders. It’s a farm shop. In a pub. Brilliant!

The Food Assembly joins the Kids Clothes Swap, creatives meet up, watercolour painting club, kids drama workshops, Sip One Purl One knitting club and many more regular activities at the Barton Road venue. It’s like a community centre. In a Pub!

Owner Heather Garlick has even found time to expand her beer range with the addition of new bottles from First Chop Brewing Arm, Beer Nouveau, Blackjack Beers and cans from Chorlton Brewing alongside existing bottles from Runaway and Brightside breweries and the two ever changing cask beers.

Sip Club Bottles

Chorlton’s the Beech Inn has become the lastest pub to be added to Manchester City Council’s register of Assets Of Community value and the third success out of three applications for Trafford & Hulme CAMRA.


Outstanding applications submitted by CAMRA include the Sir Ralph Abercomby, The Vine (Sale) & the Old Market Tavern (Altrincham).

CAMRA members can now get a discount in cask ales at Urmston’s Prairie Schooner Tap House. The Flixton Road micro-pub is offering members 20p a pint off their four cask ales. Members can also use their JD Wetherspoon vouchers in the pub to get the same 50p off that they can get in Wetherspoon pubs. Having just celebrated their first birthday, the Prairie Schooner have overhauled their bar set up, installing four handpumps (beers were previously served by gravity). They have also installed a new “cellar” behind the bar to replace their previous in-cask cooling system. An ingenious construction of welded steel and plastic, the casks are hoisted onto pull out draws which then retract into the wall. Magnetic covers form a sealed cooled box to create cellar conditions. The new construction can accommodate 8 casks at a time and means cask beer availability and quality is much improved.

 

Pub company Stonegate have been playing musical bars with their outlets in Sale. The former Waterside has now been rebranded as a Slug & Lettuce, while the former Slug & Lettuce is now the Block & Gasket. The latter has four handpumps on the bar – an increase of two from its predecessor on the site.

October saw the end of an era at Chorlton’s The Bar when manager Chris Henry departed after many years at The Bar (and its sister bar The Knott).

Chris was such a tireless worker that he would often be seen behind the bar seven days a week, regularly from early opening to closing time.

Chris has a great passion for beer regularly greeting beer loving regulars with a tasting glass of the latest special beer he was proud to have got on the bar (whether it be in cask or keg format. 

While he has left one Manchester beer institution behind, he is already behind the bar at another in his new role as manager of The Marble Arch.