Ask any local what they love most about Stretford and chances are they will say it is the sense of community. Local and independently run shops, cafes and bars help give the Stretford the real community feel that is known for. An up-and-coming suburb, Stretford continues to benefit from ongoing regeneration with an abundance of new bars and restaurants opening all the time. Here we count down our top 5 places to eat and drink in Stretford.
1. Stretford Food Hall
Stretford Food Hall opened its doors in 2019 and was met with an overwhelming response from locals and visitors alike. The food hall is a corner shop like no other, with street food stalls, a craft beer bar, a coffee counter, and a florist all under the one roof. Stretford Food Hall is a great place to pop in to find local, niche, and dietary products in the grocery store. You can also stay for a pint and choose from a large selection of craft ales.
2. The Hive
The Hive has joined the exciting community of independent businesses that are thriving at Stretford Mall. The highly anticipated restaurant opened at the start of the year and is already a favourite with Stretford residents. The Hive provides an all-day food and drink experience serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner complemented by a solid selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Maintaining an ‘excellent’ rating on Trip Adviser, The Hive is the best choice for your next meal out in Stretford.
3. The Longford Tap
Another addition to Stretford Mall is The Longford Tap, which was opened by local brothers in 2019. The bar features huge photo montages of the town throughout the years, paying tribute to the town’s rich history. The Longford Tap creates a relaxed atmosphere and has a wide selection of craft ales, wines and spirits which are mostly sourced locally. They also have a great selection of coffee and cakes making it the perfect place to visit next time you are shopping at the mall
4. Emellia’s Della Roma
Emellia’s is one of those hidden gems that is very popular among Stretford residents. If you walked past you might mistake Emellia’s for a takeaway. Once you step inside you will be welcomed by the friendly staff of this small, family run Italian restaurant. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and the menu is full of all your Italian favourites. The value for money here is incredible which is one of the reasons the restaurant is always busy. Be sure to book before you go.
HEAD is a new bar that has taken the space that was once home to the HSBC bank at Stretford Mall. The décor has a vintage feel and is much like a 1960’s lounge bar. The owners have used the space well by retaining some original features including the bank counter that is now a two-sided open bar. Expect eclectic music and quiz nights together with locally sourced beers and food.
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