Didsbury station on a long-closed line into Manchester has long vanished, but its imposing railway hotel, now ‘The Met’, remains, proudly declaring its Victorian heritage through its decorative floor tiling, ornate windows and huge, antique-filled rooms. Customers, mainly young and cosmopolitan, come partly for the local cask ales, continental beers, 28 wines by the glass and adventurous spirits collection, and partly for smoked haddock fishcakes, Frosty's sausages and Thai-spiced tofu skewers. Family Sunday lunch is a big draw, too.
Closed: 25 December
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 10–11 (Wednesday to Thursday 10–11.30 Friday to Saturday 10am to midnight Sunday 10–11)
Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12–9.30, Friday to Saturday 12–10, Sunday 12–9 (breakfast Monday to Friday 10am–11.45am, Sunday 10am–11.30am)
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 12–9.30, Friday to Saturday 12–10, Sunday 12–9
Food and drink
Real ales available: Timothy Taylor Landlord, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Guinness
Real ciders: Orchard Pig, Cornish Heritage
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in garden
M60 junction 5, A5103, right into Barlow Moor Road, left into Burton Road. Pub at crossroads. Right into Lapwing Lane for car park.