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A Day Out in Chorlton, Manchester

There’s no shortage of attractions to this creative and quirky Manchester village

Just a stone’s throw from the city centre lies Chorlton-cum-Hardy, known for most of history as a village but now a bustling suburban haven of independent shops, bars and restaurants. The neighbourhood’s tree-lined streets full of unique attractions make it the perfect destination for a day out of inner-city life – and we’ve rounded up the best hits so that you don’t have to.

Barbakan Delicatessen


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67-71 Manchester Road, M21 9PW

Start the day off with a coffee and pastry at Barbakan, a continental delicatessen in the heart of Chorlton. Baking over 75 varieties of bread, as well as charcuterie and cheeses, it isn’t difficult to understand why there are often queues for a bite to eat at this place. And if that selection wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, Saturdays bring the arrival of the famous Saturday Sausage Pan, which takes over the recognisable red front terrace to serve up your choice of continental hot dog, freshly braised rice, and fried potatoes –– you may have to queue, but it’s always worth it. 


Chorlton Bookshop


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506 Wilbraham Road, M21 9AW

Just a short walk down Manchester Road will take you to Wilbraham Road, one of Chorlton’s main shopping streets. Tucked away down this road is the family-owned Chorlton Bookshop, with its black and white painted shop front and iron railings. Encouraging Manchester to shop small, this is one that never fails to keep on top of the latest releases, and you may even be able to catch an author book talk in-store. If you’re out of the area but still want to support a small business, you can order from Chorlton Bookshop online.


Chorlton Water Park


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Off Maitland Avenue, M21 7WH

A half an hour walk or bus ride down towards the River Mersey will take you to Chorlton Water Park, a Local Nature Reserve featuring a network of winding woodland paths around a lake (created in the 1970s during the construction of the M60 motorway!). A tranquil spot for walkers, runners and cyclists alike, the park provides tree-framed views of the lake, and a variety of routes, picnic benches and a playground. Grab lunch from Barbakan or Unicorn Grocery beforehand and take in the views. 


Bar San Juan


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56 Beech Road, M21 9AG

Feeling peckish after a day of ambling around one of Manchester’s most popular neighbourhoods? A short journey back to Chorltonville will lead you to Beech Road, tucked away from the busy main roads and boasting independent boutiques, bars and cafes. Bar San Juan is a Spanish tapas bar with décor that will make you forget that you’re really in the North of England. With tiled walls covered in Spanish adverts and photographs and small jars of smoked pimenton on the tables, you know that a meal at San Juan will authentic. The menu features original tapas favourites like bread and ali-oli, papas bravas, chilli and garlic prawns and pan-fried Padron peppers. Booking is essential, as this place fills up fast! 


Double Zero Neapolitan Pizza


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368 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AZ

If you’re on a budget and looking for a quick bite to eat, Double Zero is a Manchester favourite for pizza. In the middle of a row of bars along Barlow Moor road, Double Zero serves soft, chewy Neapolitan sourdough pizza, cooked for just 90 seconds in a wood-fired oven. The classic pizzas include Margherita, Chorizo, Formaggio and Napoli as well as a range of appetisers like crostini, meat balls and antipasti. A ‘bring your own booze’ restaurant, guests can simply pay £1.50 per person to bring their own alcohol to the restaurant – although soft drinks and water are available. Book a table online or by phone to beat the queues.