CHORL­TON

Cheshire Life - - In The City -

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.

STAY

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.

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EAT

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

HOP

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.

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EVENT

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.

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Din­ing de­lights and in­spir­ing in­te­ri­ors from Mary-Ellen Mc­Tague’s The Cream­eries in Chorl­ton

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