Before I move out of Levenshulme and into Urmston I thought it best to share my knowledge gained over the last year. It's a shame The Buttery has shut down but there's still plenty of places in which to eat and drink and generally have a good time.
T R O V E
Home of probably the best breakfast sausage I’ve ever eaten, TROVE is not just a Levenshulme institution, it’s a Manchester one. They make their own bread, cakes, brownies, errr tables, cutlery, errr, plaster board, errr – I dunno. They do a lot though and it’s all very, very impressive. I mean the aforementioned breakfast was a revelation and truly sorted my head out. I was in a good mood for the rest of the day, which is highly unusual and so TROVE should be commended for that alone. Get them a blue plaque or something.
T R O V E, 1032 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
Levenshulme Antiques Village
It’s a bit of an odd place this. I went in after a smashing breakfast in TROVE (see above), and I must say that I was both impressed and alarmed by the range of things on offer. Impressed because there is pretty much something for everyone – regardless of your budget, tastes or size of your living room. Alarmed because I wondered where all this stuff had come from. It’s like Indiana Jones got hired out by someone for a weekend to traipse through eBay bidding on a vast array of furniture, art, toys and whatever else he could buy with his poor feedback rating. The result is a lovely way to spend about an hour, pottering around and pretending like you can both afford what’s on show, and that you know what it is.
Levenshulme Antiques Village, 965 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3NP
The Blue Bell Inn
A cracking pub here, right opposite the playing fields on Barlow Road. It’s an odd one when you first get there though – there’s two doors and it can be a faff getting from one side of the pub to the other. In fact, in my inebriated state, I couldn’t work it out so I only know half of it and can therefore only discuss half of it. It’s a Samuel Smiths pub, and so you know what that means – a great selection of ales and lagers, a lovely cider on tap and loads of great spirits flying around. It also means that the prices are excellent too, which is always a nice little cherry on top. I’ve not eaten here yet but when it comes past you – the food looks brilliant!
The Blue Bell Inn, 170 Barlow Rd, Manchester M19 3HF
0161 224 1723
A brand-new place this and a welcome antithesis to all the betting shops and kebab houses that typically line Stockport Road. It’s a bar/booze shop and they offer a fantastic range of beers and ales on tap which change more often than Dale Winton’s skin tone. They’ve recently had a Tiny Rebel Cheeky V Sour Beer in here which is fantastic – whoever decided to combine my two greatest loves in life is a fucking genius. On top of the booze on taps, you can also buy yourself some bottles and cans and it’s also not usual for them to offer some food with kitchen takeovers from some of the city’s best and brightest street food and pop-up crews. A class act all round.
Station Hop, 815 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3BS
Yeah so that big one in the building in Altrincham gets all of the glamour and cheers and whoops but Levvy’s market is actually proper mint and deserves just as much accolade as the one ‘down south’. For one, it’s not in a cushy building – it all takes place outside under canvas and rubber, and so you get a much more authentic market experience. On top of that they offer regular Night Markets, Live Entertainment, family stuff for kids and loads more. So much better than the usual state of affairs at these things – having to stand up with a 10 quid pizza while you wait for a family from Didsbury with a sausage dog to stop chatting bubbles and let you have their seats.
Levenshulme Market, Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3PJ
Fred’s Ale House
Quite who Fred is I don’t rightly know but he knows how to run a pretty decent boozer, food haunt and live music venue. It looks a little bit like a shop from the outside but once you step you you’ll be greeted by a cracking place to chill out and get merry, and although it seems a little bit clinical inside at times, their selection of booze and decent jukebox more than make up for it. Upstairs there is a little outdoor terrace bit, as well as another room serving up food and playing gigs. At the moment they are bashing out pizzas by CIBUS but have been known to offer some proper fit Caribbean food in the past – it just depends on who they get in really.
Fred’s Ale House, 843 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3PW
Proper good in here. The Klondyke doesn’t look like much or sound like much but it’s a cracking little venue with a packed calendar of events and parties not just for us adults but for kids and families and anyone else looking for an enjoyable time. As the sun starts coming out over the next couple of months, people will start flocking to The Klondyke to get involved in their outside beer garden bit, which will usually include someone flogging some food from the back of a van or a trailer. There’s always a massive range of stuff going on so get on their Facebook site or just cruise down and get involved.
The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Manchester M19 2HQ
0161 224 4122
Persian Tasty Grill
This bad boy is the perfect place to end your night. Or start your night. Or visit halfway through your night because you’re too pissed and need to sober up. Sure, it doesn’t look like much. Most of the best kebab shops don’t. But appearances can be deceiving and once you step in here, order yourself a lovely bit of charcoal’ed meat wrapped in salad and bread – you’ll be living la vida loca – as Ricky Martin would say between mouthfuls of kobeda. It’s top value in here too. Gazza could walk in here with a fiver and come out 30 minutes later with leftovers. It’s great!
Persian Tasty Grill, 879 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3PW
The Meating Room
Jumping on the junkfood-burgers-cheese-fries-chicken craze, The Meating Room doesn’t scrimp on the calories or indeed the cholesterol but I suppose you’re not going to go to a place like this and ask for the garden salad. You’re going in either because you’re proper hungry or proper pissed up – but in both respects, nothing is going to fix the situation you’re in quite like a big juicy burger coated in cheese and sauce and a pile of fries the size of Ben Nevis. It’s a no-frills kinda place really, you know what you’re going to get and the guys here do it really, really well.
The Meating Room, 948 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3NN
0161 312 9808