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Head of Steam

(formerly Sanctuary; Varsity)

653 Wilmslow Road
Didsbury
M20 6QZ

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Opening Times

Regular

Monday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - Midnight
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 9.00 pm

About the Pub

Pleasantly refurbished in early 2018 with pine wood fixtures and fittings, there are three or four booths down the right side directly opposite the very long bar. Most of the other seating is of the high variety, but there is plenty of room for vertical drinking in the area around the bar. Bare-boards, large rivets, and lots of filament bulbs seems to be the theme. An interesting photo montage of Cameron's Brewery and of Didsbury line the walls of the stairway to the upstairs loos. All draught products on the bar are advertised on two TV screens that act as a scrolling menu. Any draught beer can be put into a can for takeaway, this attracts a 20% discount. A coralled off area at the outside front allows for alfresco drinking in finer weather. They offer all-day food (till 9pm), a large selection of cask ales, plus real cider, and many bottled beers.

Historic Interest

Reopened on 1/2/2018 as the Head of Steam; the previous incarnation, Sanctuary closed 1/11/2013 following collapse of owners the Bramwell Pub Co. Prior to that it was the Varsity for a number of years, then owners Barracuda decided to take it upmarket. The result was a very smart interior in calming light colours, a good mix of casual dining, and tables just for folk wanting a drink.

Regular ales

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Changing ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Camerons --varies--

Guest beers usually sourced from micro-brewers.

Source: Regional

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    CAMRA members 20p discount per pint / 10p discount per half on all cask ales.

Facilities

  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    Quiz every Wed.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Live jazz music on Tuesday evening, and at weekends.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

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Head of Steam

653 Wilmslow Road
Didsbury
M20 6QZ

Sat Nav Reference

53.418613, -2.231528

Transport

  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Metro Close to Metro

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

23, 42, 42A, 142, 171, 270, 42B

Closest Station (1100m)

Burnage

Nearby Metro (200m)

Didsbury Village

Directions

On B5093, jct Barlow Moor Rd

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Head of Steam - Didsbury 2018

Head of Steam

653 Wilmslow Road
Didsbury
MANCHESTER
M20 6QZ

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Metro

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