High street shopping in Chorlton
PUBLISHED: 10:09 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 May 2016
Find food and fabulousness in the creative suburb
Chorlton High Street
Ollie Storr, Vicky Duff and Danielle Stevenson-Hanns at Tea Hive
Hannah Jones, Brent Barlow, Sharon Peake, Jemma Maddison, Marc Jones and Madiha Hussain at Ethos
Danielle Stevenson-Hanns, Ollie Storr and Vicky Duff at Tea Hive
Exterior of Tea Hive
Hannah Jones, Brent Barlow, Madiha Hussain, Sharon Peake, Marc Jones and Jemma Maddison at Ethos
Exterior of Ethos
Luke Barnes at Chorlton Green Brasserie
Exterior of Chorlton Green Brasserie
Yvonne Kendall and Llewelyn Thomas-Wood at The Buddha Beauty Company
Exterior of The Buddha Beauty Company
Exterior of Love Juice
Ludovic Piot at Epicerie Ludo (Grocer and Wine Merchant)
Exterior of epicerie Ludo
Marie Petrequin and Emma Brown of The English Rose Bakery in front of Hurricane
Interior of Hurricane
Marie Petrequin and Emma Brown of The English Rose Bakery inside Hurricane
Exterior of Hurricane
Mauro Divito, Jacqueline Bailey and Ella Walklate at the Pottery Corner
The exterior of Pottery Corner
Interior of The Laundrette
Exterior of The Laundrette
Sign for The Lead Station
Will Dacosta, Amy O'Neill and Georgia Garson at The Lead Station
Chris Clish and Gabrielle Burns-Smith at The Beech Inn
Exterior of The Beech Inn
Exterior of The Lead Station
Lucy Cunningham, Adam Short and Daniel Barber at Oddest
Exterior of Oddest
Ahhh, nostalgia does funny things to us. Like imagining a mis-spent youth of Bohemian creative life in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
It always was a creative suburb where anything seemed possible - an impromptu party, or a drink in a bar frequented by edgy pop stars. As Dr Johnson may have said ‘to tire of Chorlton is to tire of life’. Ok, I’m waxing lyrical, but happily, Chorlton has lost none of its sense of being outside the mainstream. Of course there are the lovely big Victorian houses and cool bars and restaurants but it is still its own thing, which is one major reason to visit.
Bored with shopping in the big city? It is worth exploring Chorlton for its clothing, vintage and craft shops alone. Here you’ll find shops stocked with cool, fashionable clothing, and others that sell fabulous vintage furniture and if you want quirky, the there’s even a pet boutique.
And the area around Beech Road remains a lovely place to saunter and buy something special, as a gift (for yourself) maybe?
And it’s not just a place to shop for little luxuries, Chorlton’s food shops make it a brilliant neighbourhood for foodies.
It is one of the first places in Manchester to have a destination bread shop and deli, selling loaves stuffed with olives and sun-dried tomatoes, bagels and croissants warm from the oven. No wonder people travel here especially.
The area displays its slightly hippy-ish ethos in its brilliant wholefood shops that are stocked with an array of organic produce.
But it’s a location that is prepared to move with the times as a recent revolutionary experiment proves.
For one day only Beech Road became the country’s first ever ‘cashless’ shopping area with businesses accepting only card payments. The British Retail Consortium says that cash use has dropped 14 per cent in the past five years and predicted physical currency would disappear inside 20 years so the ‘cashless day’ was being used as to test customers and business reaction to the idea.
Historically Chorlton was a village on Lancashire’s southern border with Cheshire and a township within the ancient parish of Manchester. It was incorporated into the city of Manchester in 1904.
Where is it?
Chorlton-Cum Hardy is about four miles southwest of Manchester city centre. It borders Stretford, Sale, Didsbury, Withington and Whalley Range, with the River Mersey running past it along its southern boundary.