Dan Pollard - Why I live in West Didsbury

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

Dan Pollard

Dan Pollard


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 DidsburyWest 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 BarPinchjo'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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