Photo of a handwritten label in a cafe that says "Ring for service with a smile"

Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

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Burton Road is the heart of West Didsbury, a beautifully maintained leafy hubbub of shops, bars and restaurants where independence is paramount. Every year, in the last weekend of August, WestFest celebrates this spirit with local businesses putting on a farmer’s market, live music, wine tasting and more.

There’s a lot to be proud of: the main strip is home to fifteen restaurants, as many shops, and half a dozen bars. Unlike Didsbury Village down the road, Burton Road has fought to keep the chains at bay, and succeeded. Beards and strollers, joggers and MacBooks make it the kind of neighbourhood that’s easy to satirise – but the atmosphere is more amiable than hip. You can buy flowers or furniture here, drink a beer brewed down the road or one shipped from New York, get a new outfit and haircut to match, buy a cake baked this morning or a vintage dress stitched decades ago.

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