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As we all know from the 12th of April we can only drink and eat outdoors at our local hospitality businesses. With this in mind we thought we would put together a quick article highlighting the top places (that are currently open) for a cheeky outdoor beverage in Stockport town centre. We are sure to have missed some, so let us know who we should feature next time!
The Good Rebel
Located on on the ever-changing Meal House Brow The Good Rebel is a down to earth and friendly cocktail bar. Pre lockdown their outdoor space was next to none but with some vision, hard-work and a bit of creativity the team have created a brand new beer garden in a nearby car park/fly tipping area. The transformation really is unbelievable – head over to our Facebook page to see more images.
The Bakers Vault
Bakers Vault is one of two bars on the marketplace that have opened up from the 12th. They have invested in new a new set up for the outdoor space that will be soon home to sails, planting, and festoon lighting. The Bakers is a local favourite and it is great to see they are investing in enhancing the outdoor drinking experience.
The Angel Inn is the second bar currently open on the marketplace and they do have some temporary seating that front on to the square. They do however have a somewhat hidden outdoor seated beer garden to the rear that is only visible after entering the pub. The Angel Inn has a country pub feel but in the centre of town – it is definitely worth a gander!
Located on Petersgate this craft ale bar, specialising in a wide array and ever-changing selection of different beers currently has a selection of outdoor seating to the front of the premises. We do hope in the future the road is pedestrianised fully so that local bars and other hospitality businesses can spill out further on to the street.
Cafe SQ located on St Peters Square has currently expanded their outdoor space to offer a wonderfully located seating area. Whilst they only offer bottled beers as it is more of a cafe than a bar, the location and surrounding buildings make it a great place to sit and appreciate Stockport’s underrated architecture.
The Cracked Actor
The Cracked Actor, located on Underbanks, currently has the use of some outdoor space to the front of the premises using pavements to spill out on to everyones favourite historic street. You can now have a drink whilst taking in the bustle of the continued regeneration of nearby buildings and interesting visitors to Stockport’s indie shops.
The Arden Arms
Located on Millgate near Stockport Marketplace this traditional pub has a great beer garden to the rear of the premises. If you are looking for a solid pub with good hearty food we recommend you head over to The Arden Arms.
Coffee, Cakes, & Vintage
Nestled in the historic Pear Mill lies one of Stockport’s true hidden gems. Whether you are interested in vintage or not this cafe really embraces its unique setting.
Upon entering Pear Mill (follow the instructions on the bicycle outside) you are greeted by an expansive warehouse displaying all kinds of vintage whatnots.
As we meandered through the vintage artwork, clothes, pottery, furniture & more we were taken a back by the amount of items on offer.
The vintage tea room is located at the rear of the floor which we were glad to find as all that rooting around resulted in the need for a pick me up.
The cafe sits next to beautiful old windows that on the right day; draw in incredible lighting that enhance the experience.
The cafe offers the usual vintage cafe trappings such as handmade cakes, milkshakes, glass bottled Dandelion and Burdock drinks and lemonades and of course a variety of teas and coffee.
If you are on the lookout for some new items or just fancy a visit to an interesting cafe we highly recommend a trip.
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When: Last Friday of every month, 6-9pm
Where: Stockport Old Town (Central Stockport)
Price: Free as the Manchester Bee
On the last friday of every month, Stockport Old Town becomes a thriving congregation of food, music and drinks. The combination of local bars, eateries, and musicians mingled amongst the Victorian architecture sets the scene for a fantastic evening. Foodie Friday welcomes all ages and encourages people to come together with a seemingly community spirit.
On offer there is an array of choice from craft ales to prosecco, burritos to pizza and churros to crepes. As the above suggests, Foodie Fridays doesn’t follow a particular theme, however it does promote the use of historical public spaces in Stockport and encourages Stopfordians to eat, meet, drink and repeat.
As the evening progresses Stockport Old Town fills to the rafters with people from all over the Stockport area. The indoor market transforms into a make-shift concert hall with a number of performances throughout the evening. The September edition featured the very popular, local cover band The Beavers. The lead singer Graham Blackwell said ‘It is great to perform for the Stockport community, especially inside this fantastic building’.
The official end time is 9pm when the indoor closes and the food stalls stop serving. However, attendees remain in the area to carry on enjoying the Old Town pubs and bars. One of the crowd favorites is the recently renovated Bakers Vaults which encourages Stockport punters with its outdoor seating and contemporary Robinson interior.
Foodie Fridays grows in size with each month and has now become a much anticipated event. We hope that in the coming months it continues to flourish, especially amidst rumours of plans to set up a more permanent space for vendors in the Old Produce Hall. So make sure not to miss the next Foodie Friday on the 27th October, we are sure it’ll be a good’un!
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