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Manc guide: the Heatons, the thriving suburb of Stockport
While the likes of StockportThe revival of the ‘Old Town’ has seen the borough slowly come back to life in recent years, it’s easy to forget that it includes a number of attractive suburbs which have become increasingly popular destinations for living Greater Manchester.
Besides the investment in the city center Merseyway shopping precinct and the opening of Redrock in 2017, many people have long stopped by places like Didsbury, Chorlton and Manchester city center in favor of SK’s best kept secret: the Heatons.
The Four Heatons – made up of Heaton Chapel, Mersey, Moor and Norris – are a collection of neighborhoods dotted around Stockport and located about 30 minutes from the city center that many locals may never have visited before .
With Heaton Chapel your favorite station and East Didsbury your nearest tram stop, it’s not hard to venture there, but what is there to do?
parks a lot
If these precious green spaces are what you are looking for, you will be spoiled for choice. Ironically, the famous Heaton Park is the only one not in the Heatons, but all of these are.
The first is Heaton Moor Park, a beautiful green space that dates back to 1894 and is still wonderfully maintained by local residents to this day. As well as the customary gardens and children’s play area, you can do everything from bird watching and group knitting to family bowling or running club.
Heaton Norris Park has bowling greens, tennis courts and football pitches if you’re looking to keep active, plus a playground for youngsters; Heaton Mersey Common is a pretty little pocket of natural green space with serene ponds and wildflower meadows, perfect for walking the dog.
But the fresh air doesn’t stop there: you also have Thornfield Park, Heaton Mersey Park & Bowl, Marbury Road Park in Chapel; Maunders Field, Bowerfold Open Space and, perhaps the most popular of the lot, Mersey Valley Nature Park.
Nestled among the remnants of the old railways and bleaching works, Mersey Vale is a 2.5 mile loop that serves as the perfect place for a picnic, a riverside stroll or just to enjoy the wildlife, and the Trans Pennine Trail actually runs through the center of the reserve which sits along a serene stretch of the River Mersey.
Historic sites to see and lots to do
It’s not all grass and shrubbery, of course, the Four Heatons are steeped in history and culture thanks to their cheshire heritage and evolution under a Greater Manchester postcode.
The most historic monument is undoubtedly the emblematic Cinema of Savoywhich celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. Having nearly disappeared following a fire in 1953 and changing hands several times over the years, the Savoy at Heaton Moor has remained a proud local institution throughout.
It was closed for a major renovation at the end of 2014 but thankfully reopened a year later and continues to operate, showing all the latest releases as well as old classics adapted to the vintage aesthetic. They offer everything from private rentals to dementia friendly screenings – a real gem.
Another popular place is the Heatons Sports Club. It’s home to local cricket, rugby, tennis and lacrosse clubs, some dating back to 1879. Whether you want to get involved or just sit back and watch the sport live, either in front of you or on the TV, there is something to do every day. There’s also the Heaton Moor Gold Club just five minutes up the road if that’s your thing – perfect for birthdays, business events etc.
Speaking of the Sports Club, you also have Heatons Comedy Night the first Sunday of each month, the oldest of its kind in Stockport. Resident hosts Alun Cochrane and local comedy legend Justin Moorhouse have garnered a loyal following since its conception in 2010.
The best part is that it only gets bigger. With the likes of John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Joe Lycett, Romesh Ranganathan and more having already left audiences in awe, Moorhouse Comedy Night is one of the best places to catch both headlines and hits. top talent to come.
Let’s talk shop. On the home and fashion side, you can find nifty little local shops like the Moo Shop and Bloom and Dots in Heaton Moor, not to mention one of the world’s most renowned wine bars, Cork of the North. You will certainly find many bottles to take home.
There is also Heaton Hops and The Beer Shop in Mersey. You won’t be surprised to know that they really do what they say on the box.
We were sad to hear Bernie’s grocery store closed in June 2022 but luckily their Altrincham site isn’t going anywhere; you also have plenty of alternatives and similar general store vibes thanks to Feed in Heaton Chapel and The Good Life in Heaton Mersey.
Finally, we can’t mention Heaton stores without mentioning Back’s Deli and beloved Mancunian chain, Martin’s Bakery: two of the best local staples that still guarantee the warm and friendly welcome of an independent business while providing a insane quality and consistency. .
And that brings us to the lifeblood of any good Manc destination: where to eat and drink.
There’s plenty of food and drink in the Heatons
From traditional wine bars and pubs to the upmarket fish restaurant hidden behind the counter of a local fishmonger, the Heatons have plenty to offer foodies looking for something new.
This Heaton Moor wine shop and bar is known for its regular tasting events, which offer customers the chance to taste six delicious wines (three reds and three whites) along with a selection of complementary snacks, but you can reserve a table to sit, drink and graze at any time.
Easy Fish Co.
This quality fourth-generation fishmonger also has a restaurant tucked away behind its counter and serves all your chippy tea favourites, as well as satay monkfish and roast turbot, crab croquettes and herb-rolled tuna carpaccio.
Originally a deli, this popular Heaton restaurant has a relaxed European atmosphere with a tapas menu served until 10pm. Throughout the day, you can also enjoy a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes that are suitable for both veg and meat eaters.
This suburban tapas bar in the middle of Heaton Moor serves a great selection of Spanish gin, as well as traditional regional tapas and a range of imported wines and beers. From Spanish black pudding (morcilla) to zucchini ravioli stuffed with goat cheese, the choice is vast, mixing the typical with the unusual.
The plow on the moor
This cozy pub offers a great atmosphere, solid food and a regular quiz night every Thursday at 7pm, which has proven popular with young professionals in the area. Also dog-friendly, it’s known for its burgers and epic Sunday roasts with giant Yorkshire puddings.
Widely considered the best pizza in Heaton Moor, if you fancy a little tomato and cheese this is the place to be.
If one of the Heatons manages to put a spell on you and the prospect of a move arises, it’s worth knowing how much you plan to pay.
The average rent you would consider for a two-bed flat in Heaton Moor is around £931.98 per month and around the same amount in Heaton Mersey, according to Houses for sale and for rent.
As for Heaton Chapel, prices are slightly lower at around £815.75 pcm and Norris is even more affordable at around £755, according to Rentberry statistics from July 2022.
Now if you were looking to buy four districts is a pretty wide search area but you’re easily looking north of £300,000 at Heaton Moor and Mersey but prices often top the £400,000 mark quite comfortably considering its up-and-coming reputation. A local say it MEN that she heard the area described as “Didsbury for those who really know Manchester”.
Again Norris and Chapel offer a cheaper option when it comes to the property market, with terraces being the most popular type of house and costing between £200,000 and £280,000. That being said, you can still land your forever home from around £270,000 to £330,000.
Of course, these prices are based on average estimates, but take them with caution as you may always end up paying more, especially in the current climate.
Nonetheless, whether you’re looking for a place to settle down or a part of Greater Manchester, you might still have given plenty of time to make the Heatons the next one you cross off your list.
You can consult our Manc’s guide to chinatown and the gay village now and, as always, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more neighborhood guides soon.
Feature Image – Savoy Cinema Facebook / Backs Deli Instagram / Peter Fuller via Geograph.org.uk