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The Lead Station Chorlton

The Lead Station Chorlton

Even in the coldest of weathers, you can always be sure of a warm welcome at The Lead Station. A Chorlton favourite some 20 odd years since it opened, don’t be fooled by its unassuming façade. Inside you’ll find a bustling, well lit space, that belies it’s past as a police station.

We headed in on a Sunday – so obviously had to opt for a roast, something it’s well known for, and with good cause. Seeking succour away from the grim weather outside, we needed warming from the inside out. Drinks are, as you’d expect varied, with a good selection of beers, wine, and softs – along with cocktails and gin menu. Something for all tastes.

Having worked up an appetite, we selected starters as well – the fishcake proving so tasty, the husband ‘forgot’ to ensure that any made it to my plate. Admittedly, when our mains arrived, we may have wished we’d skipped starters, but it was too late. The portions are generous, and judging by the comments around us, we weren’t the only customers satisfied by our choices. I picked the pork, soft and tender, the husband’s roast beef was just pink and plentiful, and veggies done to retain some bite, despite the volume of dishes flying about.

Of course, two full plates each meant that dessert required a pause and people watch. The clientele are varied. From families with three or four generations, to friends in for a gossip over lunch, to a bunch of mates slowly recovering from the night before. It’s that kind of place – the one that speaks to all – offering a varied menu so there’s something for everyone, and the type of service that maintains that balance between professional, but attentive.

Sufficiently recovered, we opted to share a sticky toffee pudding, and were glad we did. Rich, and sweet, served with salted caramel ice cream (a Chorlton classic) it was just what we needed to round the meal off – and fuel our walk home.

There’s a reason The Lead Station is still with us after so long. It is consistantly good.

And is a Canal St Card partner with 20% off your bill at all times. 

Charlie Hoosen-Sykes for Canal St Media 

Published: 8-Nov-2022 (6869)

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