The Lead Station

Price guide: Mid-range

99 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EQ

Price guide: Mid-range

The Lead Station
#8 of 17
expert-rated restaurants in Manchester
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Chilling out, No fuss, People watching, Trendiness

Best for Families - Expert review of The Lead Station

A south Manchester institution serving well-cooked classics that’s great for families.

I used to live just behind the Lead Station and quickly became addicted to their sticky toffee pudding and eggs Florentine (not together). I still regularly eat here and this laid-back restaurant/bar tends to be where I take visiting friends and family for a reliable, reasonably-priced meal.

Food and drink: 

Classics such as bangers and mash, burgers and steak sit alongside salads and pastas on the Lead Station’s dinner menu. Their breakfast menu is popular with Chorlton residents – especially the egg dishes (Florentine, Benedict and Lead Station) and the lunch menu offers sandwiches, sharing plates and soups. House wine (£12.95) is very drinkable, there are draught beers and, despite the cocktail list being short, staff are happy to mix your favourite drink on request.

Recommended dishes: 

If you can, save space for the Lead Station’s sticky toffee pudding. If I am feeling more like a healthy meal, the selection of dips with crudites and pitta bread always goes down well and is a bargain at £3.95.

Ambience: 

The Lead Station is always busy and if you arrive at peak times during the weekend, expect to sit at the bar and wait for a table. The clientele is a complete mixture of yummy mummies doing lunch with babies in tow, couples and groups of friends out for a quick bite to eat. The Lead Station used to be a police station – there are still bars on the windows – but other than that it is done out in a modern style with exposed brick walls and a large conservatory seating area at the back. I love the laid-back atmosphere and feel equally happy taking friends with young children – the staff don’t bat an eyelid at crying babies - as I do going with my mum.

Service: 

The staff are friendly and helpful but sometimes overstretched.

Location: 

On Beech Road, a popular shopping and eating spot in boho Chorlton, south Manchester.

Price advice: 

Only a few of the main courses at dinner are over £10 and a sandwich at lunch costs, on average £6.

More information on The Lead Station:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
British, Mediterranean, Traditional
Address:
99 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EQ
Telephone:
0161 881 5559
Website:
http://www.theleadstation.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to The Lead Station? Would you recommended it?