Firstly, we are not quite local to Chorlton but travel there semi-regularly on shopping/eating/drinking trips. Secondly, we tend to stay rigorously to the Wilbraham Road/Barlow Moor Road crossroads and within 100 metres east and west. And thirdly, we couldn't quite believe all the great reviews about The Parlour. Surely this bar couldn't be so good that it would merit a 10 minute walk from our normal route?
The truth is that the detour was worth every metre of the walk. Not only did we discover the part of Chorlton that the locals have known about for years and which has helped to justify the area's reputation for individuality but we also discovered one of the nearest realisations of Orwell's Moon Under Water that fantasy hadn't previously mapped out. From the stripped wooden flooring to the tastefully quiet background music to the quirky mush mash of furniture The Parlour ticks all the boxes in declaring itself fiercely independent of corporate image. Having read great things about the menu regarding its support for local suppliers we were not disappointed. Local butchers, W Frost supply the meat and the great kitchen team work the magic. The steak and ale pie was pleasingly full of melt-in-the-mouth tender beef cooked with plenty of onion and celery in a satisfyingly rich gravy and topped with a proud cap of puffed pastry while the Cumberland sausage wheel sat jauntily atop a mound of the yummiest mustard mash I have ever tasted. The accompanying mini jug of gravy was chunky with sweet onion and balanced rather than overwhelmed the flavour of the sausage. A comprehensive and competitively priced wine list and some fine local beers on draught (Redwillow's Seamless and a brace from Moorhouse's during our visit) provided the liquid entertainment.
Service was friendly and efficient and we will definitely be looking forward to our next trek through the back streets to experience The Parlour's culinary delights.
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