The Lead Station

Address: 99 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EQ, England
Telephone: 0161 881 5559

- Mid-range

4.3

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
4.4
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.1
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Trendiness
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

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