The thriving food and drinking scene in Stockport has been gaining great praise over the last year, with some food critics tipping the area as one of the next places to rival Didsbury and Chorlton. With this in mind we look at some of the places to eat and drink in Gatley Village and nearby in Stockport.
In Gatley itself, just around the corner from The Oaks is Coffee Fix, a family run coffee shop at 80 Church Road serving award winning expresso, that is passionate about coffee. Coffee Fix serves a range of coffee using up to the minute brewing techniques, including aeropress, V60, as well as cafetiere and espresso. It is also a hot spot for cyclists, who use this as a pit stop on tours of the Peaks and Cheshire lanes and they even sell their own branded cycling gear. www.wearecoffeefix.com
Armenique also on Church Street is an established family business which has been successful over 15 years, comprising a deli, bakery, winery and a coffee shop. Owner Edward is a self-taught bread baker, his love of baking and good food has made Armenique one of the best places for customers to have their sandwich, with some Mediterranean salad and enjoy their coffee with lovely music playing in the background. http://vahagnnn.wixsite.com/armenique
Staying on Church Road, restaurant wise, Montalcino Italian restaurant is one of the highest rated on TripAdvisor in Gatley. The restaurant provides traditional Italian fare and is applauded for its quality of food and service. Its Facebook page can be found here.
Keeping with Italian restaurants, Piccolo also on Church Road, is well regarded for its pizza and pasta and steaks and has live music at weekend. www.piccolo.uk.com
Gatley Tandoori has become a bit of an institution in the area, established for over 17 years. The restaurant has won numerous awards over the years and is praised for constantly delivering excellent service at reasonable prices. www.gatleytakeaway.com
For a drink (including real ale) or a pub lunch, The Prince of Wales pub is one of several in the village rated by CAMRA. Located on Gatley Green, this attractive, historic inn is situated in the centre of Gatley village has an attractive sun facing patio and inside you will find low ceilings, tiled floors, warm fires and a great range of drinks. www.whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/4379/prince-of-wales-gatley
Also in the Village, the Horse and Farrier provides a selection or real ale, CAMRA describes this pub as an impressive building with several bay windows, probably formed by joining together three large cottages. Dating from before 1910, it forms a focal point in the village being at a prominent junction, and opposite the Clock that was originally the World War I memorial but replaced by a new memorial at the other end of Gatley Green. www.whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/4268/horse-farrier-gatley
Moving on to Stockport centre, Where the Light Gets In offers an excellent fine-dining experience, rated outstanding by many food critics. In October 2017, The Times rated it as the best (restaurant) of the year, maybe even any year and The Guardian recently described it as “The most exciting food eaten in years” and went on to describe the wine as “notable for the consistent delivery of pure pleasure…There’s nothing that doesn’t dazzle” http://wtlgi.co
At the other end of the food spectrum (vegan as opposed to meat, not quality), the Allotment on Vernon Street in Stockport centre serves 100% vegan and gluten-free food, “I can make aubergine taste better than steak,” was chef Matthew Nutter’s claim in the press when he opened his award-winning restaurant in 2017. If the reviews are anything to go by, the restaurant has lived up to his word. http://allotmentvegan.co.uk
Foodie Fridays happens on the last Friday of every month, taking over Stockport Market Place and is a real delight where a variety of street food traders offer delicious bites from around the world, including The Pizza Peddler, WrapScallion, Nasi Lemak and Que Delicia to name a few. The events which attract hundreds of people and include live music and entertainment also gives you an excuse (not that you would need one) to visit some of the towns wonderful pubs including the Arden Arms, The Bakers Vault and Remedy Bar and Brewhouse. http://skfoodiefriday.co.uk
With just a few listed and so much choice available, a home at The Oaks could be an ideal place to live.