Chorlton is a left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes away by tram), a sprawling hive of artisan coffee shops, boutique clothing stores, parks, pubs, restaurants and bars. If we tell you that many of the latter serve Prosecco on tap, you’ll get an idea of the atmosphere here – although things are getting increasingly edgy and independent.
There’s a laid back feel to the place, an area dominated, if not defined, by young families and well-to-do professionals. It’s also home to the annual (and excellent) Chorlton Arts Festival, as well as an inordinate number of fashionable dogs.
Barbakan Delicatessen, 67-71 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PW - Visit now
Award-winning, continental bakery in Chorlton, Greater Manchester. Barbakan Deli has been around for the best part of half a century and is named after the historic gateway leading into the Old Town of Kraków in Poland.
The Creameries, 406 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 0SD - Visit now
We’re big fans of this fairly recent addition to Chrolton. Great food, which by the way is either made 100% on site or brought in from the very best suppliers, and is always changing as they invent new things. As our writer says, go there!
The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21 0BQ - Visit now
Excellent boozer and eatery in the southern suburbs. The venue has gone through many names and owners but The Beagle has finally stuck. Good beers and a great menu with some superb vegan options.
Sale Water Park and Chorlton Ees, Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX
A nature reserve between Chorlton and Sale, perfect for summer strolls and getting yourself immersed in the great outdoors (without actually leaving the city).
Pi, 99 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9GA - Visit now
The Chorlton branch of Pi is a small but perfectly formed bar with an unbeatable choice of bottled beers, local ales and mouthwatering Pies. Remember, the nuts aren’t free, they’re complimentary, so be nice to the bars staff, they’re bloody lovely.
The Font Chorlton, 115-117 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PG - Visit now
The Font is a popular bar in Chorlton which serves up a great selection of beers and cocktails as well as an ever changing food menu. It can be a little bit like a creche on weekend afternoons, but once the parents clear off, it’s an ideal place to enjoy a beer or several.
Live theatre returns to The Edge this September and the opening season promises to be one to remember when its doors open for the first time in 18 months, and to a completely refurbished building.
Chorlton Book Festival is back for its 17th annual event both in real life, centring around the Chorlton Library hub, and also online, and this year you can enjoy performance poetry, Northern noir, family fun, and history and heritage.
A topical, musical sketch show that takes a vigorous, irreverant swipe at some of the latest news headlines.
Join the poet and theatre-maker for an inventive and energetic night of spoken word, as he presents five long-form ballads from Georgian England.
An intriguing all-sung comedy-thriller that opens with two strangers tethered to one another in the basement of a house…
Join artist Rebecca Stevens for an afternoon of crafting where you’ll make your own botanical embroidery with 3 simple embroidery stitches.
Exciting and terrifying in equal measure, with a good dash of humour, this award-winning play asks what does it take to enact real change? And what would you sacrifice to keep it?