A buzzing neighborhood, hidden hipster gems and a no-frills pub: our guide to enjoying life in one of Manchester’s favorite suburbs
Chorlton has a little bit of everything, from the stylish boutique village vibe of Beech Road to livelier late-night spots that can sometimes spill over into the raucous. Here are the best places to eat and drink in this sought-after area of South Manchester.
The main station
A mainstay of Chorlton’s bar and restaurant scene, this Beech Road institution, housed in the former police station, is the kind of neighborhood bistro anyone would want on their doorstep. The menu changes often, is expertly executed, and the upstairs Copper Room is a beautifully designed space for rent.
99 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EQ
What started as a small restaurant serving Middle Eastern cuisine quickly spread to the next unit, and Jasmine is always packed most nights. There are plenty of places around town offering similar menus – hot kebabs, cold yogurts, fresh salads – but Jasmine tops them all.
569 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AE
The man bites the frog
A true gem of a neighborhood bar, Man Bites Frog ticks several boxes. It does seriously wicked steak frites, has a foosball table, great beers and wines, and a hidden covered back garden that’s heated for the winter and shaded in the summer.
378 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AZ
On the bustling strip of bars and restaurants opposite Chorlton bus station, Off The Grid uses fire and smoke for its mostly Mediterranean menu, from its charcoal-grilled Portuguese chicken to seared saddle of lamb.
366 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AZ
Enjoy a hearty samosa chaat during the week – or one of their excellent homemade curries or an Afghani kebab – or come back on a weekend morning for the special breakfast, where you can find feet stewed lamb served with poor est. Friday night is also a special biryani night.
406 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AD
Take-out only, but Zaxxfried has some of the best fried chicken in town. The burgers are fried thighs (breast on request) with cheese, pickles and their own “return” sauce. The golden buffalo sauce is something else, and they make a great line in the wings too. Not to mention the fried Oreos. You heard.
1b Cavendish Terrace, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0UA
Royce Palace Balti
Another takeaway only, but easily the best curries this side of Rusholme come from the Royce. The baltis are truly authentic, the biryani are magnificent as well as these bhajis. Good grief. But those in the know opt for the staff curry and never look back.
111 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EQ
It may look like a standard breakfast cafe on the outside, but seek out the alternative menu for a journey through the wonders of Persian cuisine. Dishes like bademjan (split peas, eggplant, lamb and saffron) and the exquisite baghal polo – rice with beans – will have you coming back again and again.
1c Cavendish Terrace,Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0UA
From the folks behind Common in the North Quarter, The Beagle is a quintessential neighborhood hangout, with a huge and ever-changing array of beers and IPAs and giant Nell’s pizzas rolling out of the kitchen. The outdoor-indoor terrace is also a big draw.
456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BQ
The oyster fisherman
Dedicated fish restaurants are rare, but this one is a cracker, cooking whole fish over coals and serving mussels and scallops treated simply but with respect. No bells and whistles, just good food.
123 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9PG
Bar San Juan
Packed every night of the week, Bar San Juan’s patrons are a fiercely loyal bunch. And that’s understandable thanks to a resolutely traditional tapas menu. But while there are the crowd-pleasing meatballs and patatas bravas, there are also other off-the-beaten-track classics like Galician octopus on paprika potatoes, slow-cooked beef cheek and the sweet and spicy sausage topped with fried quail eggs.
56 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EG
Home cooking with Gujarati influences, with an ever-changing menu and excellent value for money. There’s a different favorite to revisit each day of the week – Sambaro Cabbage Curry on Tuesdays (trust us), Ivy Squash on Thursdays and Chilli Paneer on Mondays.
496b Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AS
Founded by DJ-turned-restaurant and bar owners Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, aka The Unabombers, Electrik is the local bar by which others are judged. Great drinks, great food – via Four Side Pizza – a front patio and back garden, this stylish spot has it all, plus a solid sideline with guest DJs and quirky exhibits.
559 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0AE
Small but perfectly formed, this cocktail bar – with links to places around town like 10 Tib Lane – is a pocket rocket, with superbly mixed drinks and excellent wines and beers. Enjoy the sun all afternoon on the front terrace and the cozy, dim interior after dark.
107 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9GA
The Beech Inn
What the cozy corner pub on Beech Road lacks in bells and whistles it more than makes up for in character, with Timothy Taylor at the taps, a cozy up front and a large beer garden out back. Reliable and welcoming, the Beech is the most solid of boozers.
72 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EG
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