Located 5 miles from the city centre, Beech Road in Chorlton is a mini shopping, drinking and eating haven where village life comes to life, with a modern boho-type twist!
It houses a range of independent shops, interesting cafes, fantastic bistro pubs and top restaurants along its pretty, leafy pavements.
It’s called Beech Road because back in 1968, fifty Beech trees were planted by the local Mayor and Mayoress on Valentine’s Day in the park at the top of the road. Aw!
Café San Juan, is the first hot spot to talk about. A bustling and lively tapas bar, it is always packed at the weekend. Big glass windows, loud Spanish music, authentic décor, amazing tapas and suitably potent sangria – it’s easy to see why you have to wait for a seat in here. The waiters are friendly flirty types who always make the ladies smile. Viva Espanya indeed!
Across the road it’s the long standing JB Richardson Bakery, a traditional-type bakers where you can pick up pretty cupcakes, delicious pastries, pasties and cream cakes along with a wide range of fresh bread.
Down the road a bit there is ‘On The Corner’ a café-cum-record shop by day which is also open later on to host evening events from spoken word poetry, acoustic nights and record fares. They serve yummy blended fruit drinks in here too.
If you like small independent gifts, interiors and clothes head to ‘68‘. It has been here for 11 years and sells things from independent jewellery designers, artist prints, paul frank fashion items and more. A great place to grab an inspired and original birthday treat.
The Parlour on Beech Road is a lovely Bistro Pub, traditional type fittings inside, a great menu, and well stocked with a wide variety of beers and wines. It also follows the theme on this side of the road of outside seating.
Beech Road is a great place to spend an afternoon and an even nicer place to live, as you do get a good community sense here, and the individuality of the little shops, bars and restaurants make it all quite charming.