Chorlton Traders

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Chorlton Gift Vouchers

The new Chorlton GiftVouchers are on sale now!

It’s been the toughest year ever for Chorlton’s shops, bars and businesses. As well as wider economic problems and rising costs, ten months of roadworks have also taken their toll. Every business in Chorlton district centre has been badly affected. 

We’re proud of our independent spirit and the superb quality you’ll find in our town – please continue to support your local economy by shopping locally.

All the wonderful Chorlton places below are happy to accept your voucher in full or part-payment for goods and services – do mention your voucher before you spend.

We’re adding to this list all the time.  

Barbakan Delicatessen

67-71 Manchester Road, Chorlton M21 9PW
0161 881 7053

A wondrous place, serving the people of Chorlton for nearly 60 years. Barbakan’s award-winning breads, cakes and pastries are baked on-site through the night and presented fresh and hot every morning. The gorgeous baking smells wafting through North Chorlton are legendary. 

Serving a huge variety of cheeses, olives, continental foods and charcuterie, Barbakan also make amazing sandwiches, snacks and soup – and fabulous coffee!  Eat on the terrace, pack a picnic or take home some treats. Saturday is Sausage Pan Day ! Amazing German sausages with roast potatoes, fried onions and chorizo rice. Need we say more?

Celebration One-Stop Party Shop

515 Barlow Moor Road
0161 881 0888

This is where Chorlton comes to have fun – whether it’s New Year’s Eve or World Book Day.

Fancy dress costumes for all ages to hire or buy, as well as a fantastic array of crazy accessories, from Halloween horrors to wacky wigs. Sharon and the team also sell balloons and decorations – including bespoke balloon arches and sculptures. You name it, they’ll build it out of balloons!

They also offer a Celebration decoration service, from one-of-a-kind table centrepieces to full room dressing.  Hosting a party is stressful at the best of times. Let the experts take care of the sparkly bits for you: it really is more fun that way..

Chorlton Bookshop

506 Barlow Moor Road
0161 881 6374

A family business, that’s traded in Chorlton for 40 years.  Chorlton Bookshop has a calm and restful atmosphere and a  team of extra-brilliant booksellers. They’ll offer help, friendly advice and recommendations –  as well as tracking down that book you can’t quite remember the title of. 

Alongside a huge range of fiction and non-fiction – including a colourful children’s section – they stock Jellycat toys, stamps, notebooks and book tokens. The Bookshop is especially famous for its ever-changing array of gorgeous greetings cards and gift wrap.

And if they don’t stock the book you’re after, there’s a free ordering service, usually with next-day delivery.

The Lead Station

99 Beech Road
0161 881 5559

This restaurant /cafe bar is the original and still one of the absolute best.  The Lead Station has been an essential part of Beech Road’s food scene for nearly 30 years, serving tasty brunches, lunches and dinners to a loyal (and hungry) clientele. Occupying the former police station on Beech Road, it’s become a Chorlton institution of an entirely different kind!

 People-watch from its front terrace, cosy up in the snug, relax in the bright, airy main room or eat al fresco in the back garden. The Lead Station does the day-to-evening thing so well – and with drinks from morning coffee to nightcaps, they’ve got it covered there too.

Lead Station is always busy – we think that their Superfood Salad and posh Fishfinger Sandwiches might have something to do with that…. There’s a cracking kids’ menu too.  

Lush Brownies and Cakes

Makers Market and Albany Road

Chorlton made, independent and utterly delicious! Lush brownies and cakes are baked with love by real people in an array of dreamy flavours – double choc, triple choc, sea salt caramelised white chocolate, Oreo, Biscoff (mmmmm Biscoff…), jaffa zing, hazelnut praline, caramel pecan espresso and loads more. 

Find Nicki and the team at the monthly Makers Market in Chorlton (every third Saturday, Manchester Road), or pick up from their Chorlton kitchen (by arrangement ) on Albany Road. 

Reach Out to the Community

488 Wibraham Road
0161 862 9415

Becky, Steph and their volunteer team, don’t believe that anyone should be without food or shelter. They look out for local people who find themselves homeless or in food poverty. Much more than just a charity shop – they run a foodbank, homeless support service and an extensive outreach programme, helping and referring rough sleepers and others. 

The shop is packed with brilliant stuff – clothes, household items, books, DVDs and more. Bag yourself a bargain, or use your voucher to make a charity or foodbank donation. 

Reach Out  (Reg Charity 1176332)  is part of the Street Support Network, the Coalition of Relief (COR), Manchester Homelessness Partnership and Real Change Manchester.

Unicorn Grocery

89 Albany Road
0161 861 0010

A Chorlton institution for nearly 30 years – we probably don’t need to say more, but we will!

Twice named the nation’s Best Food Retailer at the BBC Food & Farming Awards, Unicorn offers customers an unbeatable range of affordable, fresh and wholesome food with an emphasis on organic, fair-trade and local produce. Unicorn is a supermarket-sized workers’ co-operative, owned and democratically controlled by the staff you see in the shop. Unicorn is also a brilliant community champion, supporting many different Chorlton non-profit initiatives. 

The focus is (and always will be) on tasty, interesting and affordable food. Their values, quality and pricing have set them apart from the competition, and made them the UK’s largest and most successful wholefood grocery store. 

And if you’re a local independent trader and would like to add your name to this list, here’s what you need to know. 

Places that accepted the old vouchers. Awaiting reconfirmation.

The Bowling Green Chorlton

Brookburn Road, Chorlton M21 9ES – 0161 860 2800
A warm welcome, great food and a very decent pint at this community pub and B&B – right on the Green!

Chorlton Fireworks and Prestigious Pyrotechnics

350 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton M21 8AZ – 0161 881 3990
Fireworks sales and spectacular displays – make your special occasion go with a BANG!

Creative Recycling Gallery

40 Beech Road, Chorlton M21 9EL – 0161 881 4422
Art and gorgeous gifts, handmade from recycled materials. Art and craft courses and exhibitions.


500 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton M21 9AP – 0161 881 1117
Fabulous, family-friendly gourmet pizza restaurant. A veritable Chorlton institution.

Epicerie Ludo

46 Beech Road, Chorlton M21 9EG – 0161 861 0861
Beech Road’s grocer, wine merchant and deli, plus bespoke hamper service.

The House of Bystander

38 Beech Road, Chorlton M21 9EL – 0161 860 6699
A 500 sq ft art gallery. Buy art from the walls or the print shop (including limited edition Chorlton prints), plus framing service.