Chorlton-cum-Hardy is the cooler, laid-back cousin of Manchester city centre. Combining the vibrancy of a city with the calmness of a town, Chorlton is a great day out for everybody.
Travel: Trams to Chorlton are quick, regular, and will only set you back £3 from St Peter’s Square. Buy your tickets at getmethere.com
Eat: The Beagle
The Beagle is in the heart of Chorlton and has a vegan and vegetarian-friendly food menu. The weekend brunch menu is especially good serving classic fry-ups to breakfast burritos. If you’re looking for something a little different then try the bottomless brunch where £25 per person can get you ‘Infinite brunch, endless booze.’
Eat: Double Zero “00” Neapolitan Pizza
If Pizza is your thing then Double Zero is the place to go. Serving traditional Neapolitan style pizza, Double Zero also caters for gluten-free people (with 2hrs notice) so everybody can enjoy a taste of Italy. Even better, Double Zero is bring your own booz!
Drink: The Laundrette
The Laundrette is a popular drinking and eating spot on Chorlton’s oh so trendy Beech Road. If you like your cocktails a bit different then The Laundrette is a must visit. Try the very popular and very instagrammable raspberry flossy – a fruity vodka based cocktail finished off with a ball of candyfloss. The Launderette has an outdoor terrace for perfect Al fresco dining and is also dog-friendly if you want to bring all the members of your family along.
Do: Unicorn Grocery
A trip to Chorlton is not complete without a visit to Unicorn Grocery. All the produce sold at Unicorn is organic, ethically sourced, and reasonably priced. If you’re vegan then this is your paradise. If you’re in Chorlton on a warm and dry day then take advantage of the takeaway deli counter and have a picnic in one of Chorlton’s parks.
Do: Chorlton and Sale Waterpark
To really get the most out of Chorlton then take a short tram journey from the centre – or a 30-minute walk if you’re feeling healthy – to Chorlton and Sale waterpark. This nature reserve has a playground, picnic benches, and a lake. The water park is great for young children, dog walks, jogging, or just to take a calming walk.
Do: Kingbee Records
As one of the most recognisable record shops in Manchester, Kingbee is a 60s time capsule full of music from early rock’n’roll to Northern Soul, prog rock and punk – you’ll be sifting through the racks all afternoon. Occasionally hosting special events, you might also run into honorary Manc Jonny Marr from The Smiths if you’re lucky!