Manchester Wire is delighted to announce the opening of a brand new “beer house with dining room” from the award-winning Common, Port Street Beer House and Indy Man Beer Con group. Owned by Jonathan Heyes, The Beagle will open in the former Scott’s Hill premises on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton in mid-November. Beers will be largely British and local, including several of The Beagle’s own brews, made in collaboration with the region’s respected breweries, while the menu has been designed by MFDF Restaurant of the Year and former Chef of the Year, Laurence Tottingham of Aumbry.

The venue is the process of being completely overhauled. On a short tour, Heyes explained that the decor will bring together aspects of the retro, comfortable and woody design that both Common and Port Street bars are famous for. The dining pub is named after the dog breed as well as the boat that Charles Darwin conducted much of his research on as he was formulating the thesis for On The Origin of the Species. Taking inspiration from this legendary voyage, the menu will showcase the best of British, with influences of export and re-import.

British brew India Pale Ale, for example, has been adopted by craft breweries in the US, reconfigured and made into a powerful, new hoppy beer, which has then influenced British brewing methods (see BrewDog for evidence). The idea behind the menu is similar, re-presenting British classics that have travelled (and perhaps improved on their journeys), adding bite to your gastropub staples. Heyes summed this up as “colonial relics, British exports and foreign imports – anything that influenced the British palate over the last couple of hundred years is fair game. There may even be some fair game.’ Tottingham will hold an overseeing role in the kitchen, while being based at the Aumbry. Wines will be provided by award-laden local retailer Hanging Ditch.

The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 0BQ. @BeaglesAbout

Ruth Allan
Published on:
Fri 16 Nov 2012