News from pubs across the branch area.

Broadheath's The Navigation has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.

No walls have been knocked down or built but it is all new furnishings and freshly painted walls for the pub which stands on the corner of Navigation Road & Manchester Road.  The new Landlady, Julie, took over the last September and has spent the last couple of months trying to obtain the clientele that she wished for.  Julie has 26 years experience in the trade.

This is a Stonegate pub and so it is committed to serving cask ales.  The pub has five handpumps but is currently limiting themselves to keeping three in use until business picks up. It is the intention to have at least one real cider available in the summer.  Everything is very reasonably priced. 
 
They open at 10am in the morning to serve breakfast and then they serve food from noon until 7.30 offering meals and buffet choices.  The Bowling Green is still there ready for the start of the bowling season later in April.  There is outside drinking to the front and rear of the pub.
 
The pub has a large function room on the first floor which has not been used for years.  This is still under going re-decoration but once finished look out for their cask ales and food matching sessions.
 
A Quiz is every Tuesday at 8.30.  The local chess group meets here.  Live bands on Fridays and Bank Holidays.
 

Hale's The Moose bar has expanded their operations with a new bar in Chorlton. Imaginatively called The Moose, Chorlton, the bar opened on Beech Road in just in time for Easter and when T&H CAMRA called on Good Friday, was already proving popular. The bar is yet another addition to Chorlton's incredibly vibrant real ale scene with two handpumps on the bar.

The Moose, Hale was recently named runner up in Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Best Newcomer Award in recognition of their commitment to bringing cask ale from independent breweries to an area where despite a vast number of bars and restaurants, real ale has only appeared at the Robinson's & Sam Smith's pubs in the town. Chorlton with it's multitude of local ales will bring a new challenge to the team.

At the Chorlton outlet's opening the cask ales were Brightside Brewery's Amarillo and a second 3.7% beer with a paper pumpclip named "Moose Ale". Although the pump clip didn't give any clues to the origin of it, the bars' beer menu indicates it as Moose Ale,  Blackburn - which would make it from Daniel Thwaites. The menu also listed a third beer from Porthmadog's Purple Moose Brewery - given that there were only two pumps, hopefully this indicates that a third is not far away.

Given that the company has its roots in Hale's The Little Deli Company, is no surprise that food comes in the form of a variety of cold platters, sandwiches and similar charcuterie based fare.

Morley Cheeks heads to Hale

In a coincidental reverse move, Dominic Clancy, owner of Chorlton's Morley Cheeks has opened a new bar-restaurant in Hale. The Stockyard opened on 27th February, replacing the former Amba bar on Ashley Road. Sadly, unlike it's Chorlton sibling there is no cask ale. Given that Morley Cheeks has given prominence to local beers with a house beer from Privateer and regularly featuring the likes of Seven Brothers and Beartown, it was disappointing to see Stockyard's menu advertising keg Boddingtons as "brewed at the famous Strangeways brewery in Manchester", when in reality that brewery closed 10 years ago and the current product is believed to come out of the Anheuser InBev factory in Samlesbury, Lancashire.

Trevor staying as he is

Across the road from The Moose, Chorlton - we understand that the proposed refurbishment of The Famous Trevor Arms has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

 

EmbraceEmbrace 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.

Embrace have a website www.embracecafebar.co.uk , Facebook Page & Twitter feed

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.

Aademy IPA bottleAcademy Ale pump clipMany fans of live music have long had to suffer mass produced national lagers if they wanted a beer while watching their favourite bands at venues like Manchester Arena & Apollo.

Now they can look forward to something more flavoursome to accompany the tunes with the news that Manchester University Students Union have teamed up with Bury's Brightside Brewery to launch their very own beer.

Academy IPA is midweight, modern IPA which is brewed from a blend of four fruity American hops. It is available on cask, keg and in bottle conditioned form and the really good news is that it is available now in all four of the Student Union's Academy music venues as well as the Students Union Bar on the ground floor of their Oxford Road building.

The Students Union Bar will be selling the cask conditioned version as a permanent real ale in the recently refurbished bar. The bar is open to the general public11 to midnight Sunday to Thursday & noon until 1am on Friday & Saturday.

Academy 2, Academy 3 & Club Academy (all of which share the Students Union building) will offer the bottle conditioned version. The main Academy One venue also has the beer in keg form - filtered but unpasteurised - as well as bottles. The launch of the beer coincides with the 25th anniversary of The Academy which opened it's doors with a concert by Manchester legends The Buzzcocks way back in October 1989.

Flixton Conservative Club have launched a monthly series of "Brewery Awareness Evenings" which see one brewery being showcased across the 5 handpumps which have been installed in the club's Abbotsfield Suite. Bolton's Bank Top, Accrington's Big Clock & Bury's Brightside brewery have already featured at the club which is on Chassen Road between Urmston & Flixton centres.

Held on the last Friday of every month, non-members are encouraged to come along and try the beers and see what the club has to offer.
Entrance is £2 including a pie & pea supper. Pints are priced at £2.50.

On 27th March the featured brewery will be Lancaster Brewery and on 24th April the beers will be from Elland - hopefully including including the new Champion Winter Beer of Britain - 1872 Porter.

For details of future evenings, check out the club website  flixtonconservativeclub.co.uk

The club is also putting together details of their 3rd Beer & Cider Festival which will again be held over the Easter weekend.

Urmston's Britannia has gone through several incarnations in recent years, mainly operating as a late night venue under names such as Juicy, TFI Mambos and most recently The Ivory.

Now new tenant Matt Price has reverted the Flixton Road pub to its former name of The Britannia and set about returning it to the traditional pub model, including immediately introducing real ale.

The pub relaunched under it's old name on 31st Janaury and is serving freshly made, locally sourced food with a main gourmet burger menu and a separate lunchtime menu served from 12-4 Monday to Friday.

The permanent cask ale is Sharp's Doom bar with a second guest ale on rotation.

All sports are shown live in HD across 5 TVs and a large screen. There is live entertainment every Saturday night, and DJ/karaoke on a Sunday night.

Follow all the news from the pub on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheBritanniaUrmston