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Dan Pollard - Why I live in West Didsbury

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:48 11 September 2014

Dan Pollard

Dan Pollard

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Dan Pollard owns The Violet Hour bar in West Didsbury which is also where he has made his home. He tells us why the area is such a special place

West Didsbury West Didsbury

Who Am I

I’m Dan Pollard and I own a little neighbourhood bar on Burton Road called The Violet Hour. It sits at number 236 on the site of the old Hibbert’s butcher’s shop which 20-odd years ago was a real focal point of the community but since that time has been derelict. I found it 3 years ago, fell in love with it and wanted to transform it back into its former glory!

Why West Didsbury?

I wanted to be close to work but also West Didsbury is perfectly placed for me to get into the city centre which is where I tend to spend a lot of my time in meetings. Also most of my best friends are on my door step here!

What sort of house do you live in?

I live in a two-bedroom apartment with my two gorgeous cats.

Pinchjo's Tapas Bar Pinchjo's Tapas Bar

Favourite places to eat?

Locally Pinchjo’s does delicious tapas. I also love eating on the terrace outside at Albert’s. If I’m in town then Cichetti is difficult to beat.

How do you wind down?

I work a lot so I find it difficult!! Exercise is the main thing that takes my mind of work so I see a personal trainer twice a week, and I try and get out on my bike a couple of times as well. I’m a big United fan so get to Old Trafford as much as possible during the season. I also try to see a lot of my family and friends.

What are the shops like?

There are some really quirky and unique independent traders on Burton Road, ranging from a fantastic little chocolatier to a quaint little card and gift store to some great clothing boutiques for both girls and guys.

Is it a good place to work?

Absolutely. I love the camaraderie and sense of community with my fellow local traders. Also the local clientele are for the most part so friendly and kind which makes it a very easy place to be.

Could anything improve the area?

The area must attract more day-time trade. West Didsbury is buzzing after 6pm but throughout the day there isn’t as much footfall which is a real shame for such a beautiful street.

What would be your Perfect Day in Didsbury?

A lie-in would be priceless!! Followed by a slow walk down Burton Road, a gin & tonic sitting outside in the sunshine followed by a quiet meal with my girlfriend.

Would anything tempt you to move away?

Well I’m growing my business at the moment and hope to add a couple more Violet Hours over the next few years. Once I’ve done that it’ll be time to focus a little more on my family and I see us moving out towards the countryside. Doubt I’ll ever be a pipe and slippers man though!

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