Your guide to West Didsbury
With its picturesque high street, Burton Road, and hotbed of independent cafés and boutique shops, it’s little wonder that West Didsbury holds the title as one of Greater Manchester’s most desirable places to live. This leafy, yet lively suburb offers green space, historic buildings and culinary delights by day, and thriving bars with live music by night. By scoping out the area’s best bits, we’ve discovered where the locals go for food, culture and a good time.
As far as night life is concerned, you won’t want to miss out on enjoying some tipples on Burton Road. Check out independent café bar, Mary & Archie for their Wednesday quiz nights and affordable cocktails. Catch their happy hour during the week from 4-7pm, or hang out until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. If you’re looking to continue the good times, head over to The Drawing Room for a top night, courtesy of their eclectic juke box. Dance until the early hours before making your way to Gurkha Grill for a well-earned curry to end the night.
By day, West Didsbury has a whole host of independent delicatessens, clothing and home interior stores on offer. Make sure you head down to Thyme Out Food, trusted favourite for foodie locals. Much of their food is sourced from their community allotment behind the venue, meaning you can be sure what you’re eating is fresh and local. Once you’ve finished brunching, stroll up Burton Road to Moth to browse the stylish homeware and boutique clothing stores.
Don’t forget about Didsbury Village, with its chic dining (Gusto and Hispi to name a few) and French patisserie Bisous Bisous (winner of The Observer Food Monthly Award). Browse their sweet and savoury treats and grab a pain au chocolat to snack on as you make your way to The Cheese Hamlet. Be impressed by their samples of local cheeses and make sure to take some away with you to enjoy later. While you’re here, don’t miss out on spying the famous gothic-style Didsbury Library with its curious exterior.
The River Mersey cuts along the underside of West Didsbury, and offers some charming riverside walks. Wrap up and stride out along the riverbank, or get acquainted with Fletcher Moss Park to while away an hour or two with nature. Make your way through the park to Olive and Vine to rest your feet and enjoy some well-earned tapas at this taverna with outdoor seating.
For the sport enthusiasts among you, check out the Albert Bowling and Tennis Club for a friendly afternoon match, or spend the day at Cholton-Cum-Hardy Golf Club. There’s also Didsbury Sports Ground, where you can watch live sports playing regularly on the big screen, as well as big comedy nights and volunteering opportunities supporting the thriving independent community of Didsbury.