Chapel Street is Salford’s historic heart: laid back, spread out and under the radar. Running physically parallel to Deansgate, but contrasting with its urban straightness, architectural pomp and familiar brands, Chapel Street has the different counter-cultural feel of another city: still industrial, more casual, temporal. Mind you, Chapel Street is at the centre of a £650m regeneration project that includes new housing, shops and cafes being set up, so things are gradually changing are here.
One would like to think, though, the area will always make for rich pickings culturally. One highlight is Islington Mill, a deceptively large complex of old industrial buildings that is home and workplace to a diverse range of artists and creative. Another is the Working Class Movement Library, an homage to Salford’s rich political history. Even the pubs are creative hubs; handsome Victorian gem The King’s Arms boasts a decent stage space, as does The Old Pint Pot, a key player in Salford’s annual and excellent Sounds From the Other City music festival.
Taking in all of the above and more, here are our favourite spots on Chapel Street.