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It may not be in Greater Manchester, but Wilmslow is only 11 miles from town — the same distance as Bury — and many of the people who live there work in Manchester or have Manchester connections. If your idea of Wilmslow is champagne-chugging footballers holed up in bars with botoxed wannabees trying to get their leg over, stop right there.
A lot of ex-Londoners swap the city lights for this leafy town thanks to its direct and super quick rail link to the Big Smoke. Many people are still doing the commute several days a week.
Heading overseas? A couple of decades ago, Wilmslow was a rollicking night out for its younger residents.
Fast forward to and the scene is far more sedate. Having said that, there are still plenty of restaurants to choose from.
Easy Fish Co : New to the scene is Easy Fish Co, the second offshoot of the Heaton Moor seafood restaurant that knows its produce thanks to its impeccably sourced wholesale fish operation. The team care deeply about the ingredients and it shows, with classic dishes done properly — think moules marineres, sea bass with mustard crust, and towering seafood platters. The crusts are big on these bad boys so order the aioli, dig right in, and have a stash of napkins on hand. Curries are clean without that grim slick of oil you often get.
Portions are spot-on and billowing naans are must-orders to mop up all that gorgeous sauce. Go for the fish narial, a Goan-style curry with big hunks of white fish.
Salivating yet? The staff really know the menu and the outdoor terrace is packed with giddy locals. Chilli Banana: For finger-licking, fiery Thai food, this space has got it going on with a menu that hits all the high notes. Shepherds: For live music and craft gins, this unassuming drinking den is a fun place to pitch up for a few afternoonies with pizzas and chef residencies on the menu.
Stir by Night: A speakeasy has landed in Wilmslow and, like any clandestine operation, the exact location is hush-hush. Symposium: After hours, the crowds stumble into Symposium, a dimly lit t up a narrow staircase with burly bouncers on the door.
A rare moment of warmth sees kids splashing in the shallows of the Bollin and people with picnic blankets stretching out on towels. Dog walkers, runners, parents pushing buggies — the whole lot head out for bracing yomps across grassy slopes, spotting heron hiding in the reeds and throwing bread to bobbing ducks. New to The Carrs this autumn is a foraging trip with Totally Wild.
On the third Saturday of every month, Wilmslow Artisan Market features a scattering of stores sell pies, chunks of cake, mirrors crafted from driftwood and wall prints. Follow the smoky whiffs of street food and perch on one of the tables, where the earthy scents of coffee drift by as a busker tinkers away on a guitar. A very civilised affair. The reopening of art deco cinema The Rex last year gave Wilmslow a renewed swagger.
And its glossy appeal has far from faded, thanks to a programme of new releases and live London theatre productions packing out its spruced-up stalls every day of the week. Wilmslow has a whole bunch of pricey stores.
Grand dame Hoopers is still going strong with its deer clobber as well as all the usual suspects — Boots, Monsoon, Waitrose and Laura Ashley. Property comes at a premium in this part of Cheshire.
And you better get in there fast. There are towering period p with island kitchens and decked-out loft conversions. There are new builds — all sleek kitchens, bi-folds and walk in-wardrobes. And there are weather-worn cottages, country piles and seventies semis reimagined into contemporary homes.
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Oh, and by the way, something has to be done with the ugly derelict space on Parsonage Green which in incarnations has been a Hogshead, a La Tasca and a naff sports bar. This is the Place is the name of a poem by Tony Walsh commissioned by Forever Manchesterthe only charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester.
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