Whim Wham Cafe

An epicurean eatery and gin saloon The Whim Wham Cafe is the latest addition to Whitworth Street West

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 12 July 2012

Share this story

‘An epicurean eatery and gin saloon’ Located in one of the railway arches (built 1849) The Whim Wham Cafe is the latest addition to Whitworth Street West.Run by couple Alix Walker and Jessica Naven, the cafe is an independent business which strives to furnish its customers with a taste of local, regionally sourced and artisan produce accompanied by an impressive selection of bottled ales and lagers, wines and their own gin saloon cocktails alongside a classic cocktail menu.

Alix and Jessica have a focus on local bottled ales, British lagers and a growing selection of the finest British beers. Currently stocking – Red Willow (Macclesfield), Beartown (Congleton), Dunham Massey, Innis & Gunn (Scotland) and 2 premium British Lagers – Saint and Freedom Organic Pilsner

The ethos on eating is ‘Slow food is fast food!’ The menu focuses on regional cuisine with house favourite a Lancashire Hot Pot and Whim Wham’s own slow poached mackerel (3hrs in an apple, horseradish and Worcester sauce liquor) and apple beetroot salad. The British cheese and meat platters feature thier own chutneys and parfaits alongside great artisan produce from the North of England such as – Cumbrian Parmer Venison, Wild Boar Ham and Venison Salami.

On weekends the offering is something a bit different – Sunday Specials include… Roast Roe Venison – Wild Rabbit, Tomato and Tarragon Stew – Best Welsh Lamb Shepards Pie– Butternut Squash, Spinach and Butterbean Casserole with Tarragon Yoghurt and our Spring Veg Bake. Entertainment is also on offer each week. Weekends rotate between The Hatstand Medicine Band, live vocalist Laura Aural (Jazz/Blues) and various other great local troubadours. Accordians, double bass, banjos and harmonica styles.

Whim Wham will be rolling out events over the coming months for guests to look forward to, including, Sunday Dinner dances, a British take on the Hot Dog each Wednesday ‘Best British Bangers’, which I personally can’t wait for, and gourmet tasting events with a Masterchef Special featuring Jackie Kerney.

In short Whim Wham are genuinely offering something new and I for one am looking forward to late summer evenings consisting of Gin Cocktails and cheese platters.