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Head of Steam

(formerly Sanctuary; Varsity)

653 Wilmslow Road
M20 6QZ

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Opening Times

Tuesday4.00 pm - Midnight
Wednesday4.00 pm - Midnight
Thursday4.00 pm - Midnight
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - Midnight



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. 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. For all the live music fans out there, there will be live music at weekends and a quiz night every week. History: Reopened 1/2/18 as Head of Steam; previous pub, Sanctuary closed 1/11/13 following collapse of the Bramwell Pub Co. Prior to that it was the Varsity for a number of years, then 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 cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Camerons --seasonal--
  • Camerons A-Hop-Alypse Now

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

Guest beers usually sourced from micro-brewers.

Source: Regional

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Head of Steam, Didsbury


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Cider supplied by Tiny Rebel.

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

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


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Live music at weekends.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

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Head of Steam

653 Wilmslow Road
M20 6QZ

Sat Nav Reference

53.418613, -2.231528


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

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

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

Nearby Metro (< ½ mile)

Didsbury Village


On B5093, jct Barlow Moor Rd

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