Anyone who has the misfortune to know me will know that I've just moved from Levenshulme to Urmston, and so you should have been expecting something like this.
Technically though I live mostly in Stretford but considering there’d only be The Streford Sip Club and ALDI in that one, Urmston it is.
There’s a bit of a buzz about the place, what with news of a potential Mackie Mayor type market taking over the Market Hall, as well as a few proper decent openings over the past couple of years. Here’s what you can expect from a visit…
Just like a serial killer confessing to the bizzies – I’ll start with my favourite. The Steamhouse is one of them ‘Pubs in a Train Station’™ that you see all the time on the Ale Trail. This one stands out though because of it’s fantastic range of foreign beers – most noticeably Belgian and German. In fact, the massive Weihenstephaner Weissbier tap facing you as you enter is a huge selling point – the beer is truly stunning. It’s also not unusual to see the odd local ale knocking about including the brilliant (and strong) Old Tom from Robinsons. They also do food here, which is very reliable and a lovely smelling Carvery on Sundays.
The Steamhouse, Station Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 9SB
0161 748 6487
Prairie Schooner Taphouse
Absolute no brainer this one. Recently (ish) opened, Taphouse has one of the best beer selections in the whole of Greater Manchester – never mind Urmston – with a selection of rotating ales and a shit load of bottles and cans available to buy and sup inside. Basically, they’ve got more booze than you’d find in George Best’s cistern, from ales, liquor, wine and ciders. If you’re thirsty – this is the best place to come in Urmston by far. Order yourself a Salty Kiss and you’re laughing.
Prairie Schooner Taphouse, 33 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Greater Manchester M41 5BQ
Okay so I’ve never actually eaten at Adrak because I’ve only lived there for around a week and a half, but my housemate assures me that it’s a fantastic traditional Curry House which is always reliable, always delicious and always hits the spot. They have all your favourites in their extensive menu, as well as a great selection of Chef’s Specials. I’ve just spent 10 minutes deciding what I’d eat when I get there and I’ve still not made my mind up. Probably a good idea to each buy two dishes, a couple of garlic naans and then tuck in with a couple of frosty pints of Cobra.
Adrak, 96 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5AD
Popping up during the big burger craze a couple of years back, Get Chucked has been doing some smashing business in Urmston since then and have continued to adapt and improve their menu into the tightly packed and brilliant creation it is today. It’s one of those places where you’re unlikely to be surprised at what they flog when you walk in – specialising in meat, burgers, loaded fries and juicy BBQ ribs. If you leave this place still hungry, or without type B diabetes – you’ve not done it correctly and need to turn around immediately. Oh yeah – they also do brunch now too!
Get Chucked, 40 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5AA
Okay so the name is a bit weird but you shouldn’t expect to get served up a plate of lungs or a bit of brain on your plate. It’s so-called because it used to be a Doctor’s surgery – which is pretty obvious if you think about it. It’s the kind of place you’d find in that trendy Didsbury place, with a massive menu of cocktails, gins, beers and wine, as well as a selection of wood-fired pizzas and burgers. I’ve not eaten here but the pictures look nice. I did have a massive gin here though – and it was fit.
The Surgery, 1 Primrose Ave, Urmston, Manchester M41 0TY
I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about La Torre whenever I bring up Urmston and judging by what people are saying, it should definitely be on your list of places to stuff your fat face on a day out. They’ve been going for years, offering high quality tapas to the people of Urmston (and further afield). Again, you’re not going to be particularly surprised by the menu, but you will be by the quality and the proper good authentic Spanish flavours. If you’re looking for somewhere to sit and drink and feel like you’ve been whisked off to Madrid, this is the place. As long as you don’t look out of any windows that is.
La Torre, 94 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5AD
This Indian place run by husband and wife team Raj and Trishna has been creating a bit of a buzz, serving up some dead-good regional Indian rub complete with craft booze. Our food writer Tim reviewed this place a few weeks back and he was very impressed. I’m not going to copy and paste anything here – just give it a read – it looks fantastic!
Theru Kadai, 218 Church Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 9DX
Located just down Church Road, The Roebuck is a colossal pub – the kind you’d use as a base if you were an Elf in Middle Earth – with rooms to lodge, bars to drink, food to eat and a nice big car park in which to park your horse/dragon/Ford Mondeo. Walking in you’ll be greeted with a proper decent boozer with plenty of top craft beers on tap, loads of decent pub grub and friendly faces. It’s the kind of place you could spend a full Saturday in, slowly popping pints of cider down your neck while talking about the finer aspects of Pork Scratchings with your mates. There’s also a brilliant beer garden round the back.
The Roebuck, Church Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 6HD
0161 748 4046