Take a trip to Altrincham
PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 May 2019
©2016 Graham Douglas
Make sure you take the time out to visit this much loved foodie destination.
Over the past few years, Altrincham has undergone a massive transformation and has now become a unique foodie destination that brings in troves of visitors every year – just what this sleepy market town was in need of.
Located 30 minutes outside of Manchester city centre, the easy to reach town is a cool slice of suburbia with a city centre buzz. Start the day by grabbing a coffee. You'll be spoilt for choice, but we enjoy stopping at Gran T's Coffee House, a vintage inspired coffee shop that also serves a selection of loose leaf tea and delicious baked goods. After you've relaxed in the ambience of something reminiscent of your beloved grandmother's home (which is precisely where owner Christopher Taylor found his inspiration), it's time to take a stroll down the high street.
Altrincham was recently awarded the Best British High Street in 2018 and it's clear to see why. You'll find a variety of independent boutiques, such as Idaho – a lifestyle shop that sells a mix of design led interior items with an emphasis on local artists – and Gift and Home, a quirky shop that holds a range of contemporary and retro gifts, whether for someone special or to treat yourself to a little something. Altrincham also has a selection of high end department shops such as Flannels, Debenhams and Rackhams, all home to a range of designer and luxury brands.You can also find the largest UK shop of Danish brand Sostrene Grene located in the Stamford Quarter for a variety of interior furnishings and products.
After browsing the many shops, it's time to understand why Altrincham has become known as a foodie destination.
Located in the revitalised Market Hall lies Altrincham Market; a hub of independent food traders that features a range of cuisines. From steaks to rice bowls to pizzas, as well as a variety of craft beers and wines, it's all served at communal tables with a bustling atmosphere. You will however need eagle eyes on a Friday or Saturday night if you hope to bag yourself a table. On market days, visitors can also browse a selection of artisanal goods that include clothing, pet accessories and jewellery, all sold by local independent businesses. From communal dining to fine dining; just across from the market is The Con Club. Located in the previous Working Men's Conservative Club, a piece of Altrincham's history, the stylish restaurant serves prime cuts of meat as well as a range of freshly made sushi and sashimi and even has it's own micro-brwery. The roof top bar is also a lovely place to while away a sunny day with a glass of wine in hand. The choices of restaurants just keeps going: there's everything from Buddha bowls at Common Ground (and truly excellent coffee) to Italian at Sugo's, Spanish at Evuna, and Asian at the newly opened WowYauChow; a choice for every taste and every mood. So make sure you bring your appetite when you visit.
Altrincham is also close to some beautiful green areas. Just ten minutes outside of the town sits Dunham Massey, a National Trust Georgian house surrounded by stunning grounds and a deer park. It's a perfect excuse to pull on the Hunters, grab the dogs and take a lovely stroll around the grounds. Not too far from Altrincham, in the neighbouring town of Sale, lies Sale Water Park. A beautiful area of countryside and parkland that features a large lake, woodland and meadows, it becomes a hub of activity during summer months. From kayaking, to windsurfing, Sale Water Park is a great place to get active as well as enjoy the wildlife that calls the park home. There's also a restaurant, aptly named The Boathouse, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner with stunning panoramic views of the lake. Dine out before sunset to catch a truly spectacular view.
With the resurgence, Altrincham hasn't lost its strong community vibe and each year the town holds numerous events that bring locals and visitors together to celebrate all the town has to offer. A highlight of the summer is the Goose Green music festival, which features an array of unsigned musical talent held in the small square surrounded by a selection of bars and restaurants. Music, food and sunshine – does that not sound like an ideal day?
Altrincham has a true cosmopolitan feel with a bustling and exciting atmosphere ready for visitors to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? It's time to explore all that this town has to offer.