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(formerly Violet Hour)

236 Burton Road
West Didsbury
M20 2LW

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  • No real ale Real Ale is NOT Available

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Opening Times


Tuesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Friday4.00 pm - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

About the Pub

Sister bar to Dulcimer, Chorlton; like that, it is the co-tap for the Brewed by Oud brewing company in which deputy bar manager, Tom is one of the two brewers. The bar took the decision in early 2018 to stop selling cask beer, thus two disused handpumps grace the main bar along with a back bar font wall featuring sixteen keg lines. The bar is located centrally in the ground floor with free-standing tables both between the entrance and the bar, and to rear of the building. Staircases opposite the bar run down to the toilets and up to the first floor where there are more tables and seating plus a second smaller bar with a seven-font keg wall. There are a couple of tables under a canopy on pavement to front. Beers are sourced both from local breweries such as Blackjack and nationally distributed micro-brewers including Siren, Wild Beer, and Fyne Ales plus occasional beers from Thwaites / Marstons who fitted the cellar. There is an extensive bottled range of foreign and UK craft beers. Food consists of mixed tapas like small plates and burgers; Food only available at weekends currently as they are looking to recruit a full-time chef.

Historic Interest

Re-opened on 11/9/15 replacing cocktail-led Violet Hour with a beer-led bar from the team behind the successful Dulcimer Bar in nearby Chorlton. Violet Hour opened on 25/5/12 in the former Hibberts butchers premises. It was a small, nicely presented place with a vague Prohibition-era theme; it had no real ale however. The name originated from the Bernard DeVoto book, 'The Hour: a Cocktail Manifesto'. He wrote 'This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections grow and valour is reborn.'

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  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Sheppey's; Sandford Orchards on keg; Kingstone Press, and Hawkes Dead & Berried in cans.


  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Till 8pm weekends only.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Children till 9pm.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Upstairs bar available for functions.

  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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236 Burton Road
West Didsbury
M20 2LW

Sat Nav Reference

53.426102, -2.243549


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

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

178, 111, 172

Closest Station (1950m)


Nearby Metro (400m)

Burton Road


Jct Nell Lane

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Saison - West Didsbury


236 Burton Road
West Didsbury
M20 2LW

Pub Features

  • No Real Ale
  • Real Cider Available
  • Additional Services
  • Evening Meals
  • Family Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Metro

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