The Guardian-reading, artsy suburb, wedged between Stretford and Didsbury, was historically a rural village, where you could gaze over fields towards the gushing River Mersey. Today, Chorlton’s aesthetic may have been transformed – but there remains an insatiable community-feel that’s all part of its make-up. And, having been slowly colonised by arty and creative types, it retains its title as one of the city’s trendiest patches. Ex-Londoners, city slickers, tourists thirsty for an edge – they’re all drawn to this enclave that’s interesting and quirky with a smattering of boho. At its heart is Beech Road – a lively artery blossoming with independent cafes, shops and rave-review restaurants. Pop-ups stay popped up, dinky bars churn out live music, and yoga studios whizz up a sickeningly healthy green juice after dharma practice. If you’re looking for serene nooks, head to Chorlton Water Park, a nature reserve with its glassy lake and pond-dipping platforms. Walk east from here and you can wind up in Didsbury, or pad around the wildflower-speckled meadows that unfurl during summer. You can even canoe or glide around its pretty waterhole in a dinghy. Then there’s
The Fallowfield Loop – an off-thebeaten-track greenway that runs along part of the now defunct Manchester Central Station Railway. Walkers and bikers pick up the trail from Chorlton and wind for eight miles through Fallowfield and Levenshulme to
Gorton and Fairfield. Make no mistake: Chorlton is all about the good life.
The eclectic Bowling Green is one of those revived boozers-with-rooms that plays on understated chic in a very Mancunian way. Rooms are simple and whitewashed, with bee artworks and Scandi-cool bathrooms. Downstairs, the warm and buzzy pub’s always in full swing with a great selection of drinks and simple but special pub grub.
Sustainability is king at The Creameries and Manchester superchef Mary Ellen McTague takes the homegrown ethos seriously: menus are season-led, ingredients is locally sourced, and waste is kept to a minimum. But it’s also damn tasty and it’s the sort of neighbourhood joint we’d all like to have around the corner, where diners nibble crusty sourdough with whipped butter, and unfurl giddy smiles over mouthfuls of Lyme Park venison. thecreameries.co.uk
As sustainability moves to the forefront, there’s no better place to pick up foodie bits than Unicorn Grocery. Locals hang out at this award-winning health store-cum-organic supermarket, gathering shiny fruit and veg, natural wines, groceries and deli-style foods.
Harnessing the creative spirit of this corner of the city, the acclaimed Chorlton Arts Festival is making a return to the calendar with its riveting programme of local and national talent in music, comedy, visual arts and performance. 17-24 May.
Dining delights and inspiring interiors from Mary-Ellen McTague’s The Creameries in Chorlton