Foodies and drink connoisseurs will have their interest peaked by the area of Levenshulme. The M19 postcode finds itself sitting on a stretch of the A6 between Manchester city centre and Stockport - and it’s becoming well known for its food and drink scene.
Located in Manchester, some of the areas that Levenshulme borders include Fallowfield, Longsight, and Gotron. The area is situated halfway between Stockport and the city centre of Manchester, with the latter being around three miles away.
Residents in Levenshulme are well connected: the main transport hub presenting itself in the form of Levenshulme railway station. It has direct services to Manchester Piccadilly, Alderley Edge, Hazel Grove and Crewe. The Manchester to London train also passes through Levenshulme train station. Other transport methods include multiple local bus services.
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Many nearby areas feature a rich history of developing as villages. Levenshulme, however, has hardly any history - other than a few references to different names, such as de Lewyneshulm, Levensholme, and Lensom.
The area is not without its folklore, however. Dick Turpin, the famous highwayman, was noted as being a frequent visitor of the Blue Bell Inn on Barlow Road. There has been some form of inn on Barlow Road for 700-plus years.
A former township, Levensulme became part of Manchester in 1909. It was a wealthy and middle class district until the 20th century when Levenshulme and surrounding areas fell victim to inner city decline.
Today, it is described as one of Manchester’s most up and coming neighbourhoods.
Levenshulme is primarily a residential area that is popular with a range of demographics. From single professionals to students to families, there are properties to cater to all needs. Houses are more popular with renters, though there are plenty of flats available.
Renters looking for a home in Levenshulme can expect to pay around £550 per month for a one-bedroom property. A two-bedroom home feteches in the region of £720, and a three-bedroom house achieves just under £900. Four and five bedroom properties rent for between £1,500 and £1,700.
This refined cafe see people from all over Manchester and beyond pass through its doors. The ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and the menu includes delights such as seasonal dishes, artisan bread, cakes and, of course, coffee.
Address: 1032 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
Enjoy tasty Lebanese dishes at Jandol’s that are full of flavour. This family-run restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere for guests while cooking up authentic Lebanese cuisine. The food is made with fresh ingredients, and the head chef brings her own unique style to each dish.
Address: 861 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3PW
Antiques Village Tea Rooms
Antiques Village Tea Rooms mottos is “we’ll serve food like your nana used to make”, so head on down and taste some of nan’s finest. They serve English dinners, Sunday roasts - which are a speciality - and old-school dishes that will have you reminiscing of the “good ol’ days”.
Address: Levenshulme Antique Village, 965 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, M19 3NP
Levenshulme Bars and Pubs
What more could you want other than a great place to watch live sport? How about an “all you can eat” menu and a few bevvies to boot? Hennigan’s first opened over 25 years ago, and it’s a favourite with plenty of Manchester United and Manchester City fans thanks to its appetising food and extensive sports coverage.
Address: 908 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3AD
Famous for its folklore that includes Dick Turpin as a frequent visitor, The Blue Bell Inn sits in a building that has been a watering hole for 700 years. Pass through and enjoy one of their fine ales while taking in a slice of history in Manchester.
Address: 170 Barlow Rd, Manchester M19 3HF
The Levenshulme offers a selection of ales and liquor, and also shows the latest football, cricket, and rugby on their HD screens. A favourite with the locals, The Levenshulme is also has a beer garden and is pet friendly.
Address: 959 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3NP
The Levenshulme Market takes place every Saturday between March and October. You can expect to find a variety of stalls as well as the odd pop-up. The area is also known for its antiques, and nowhere is this more prevalent than at Levenshulme Antiques Village. Visitors will find an antiques hypermarket where dealers buy and sell antiques, including pre-war and vintage furniture, fireplaces and collectable.
Culture vultures will be intrigued by Banksy Studios, which is just off Stockport Road and hosts 30 artists working in many different forms, from textiles to sculpture. They have a yearly open studio so that you can see inside and draw inspiration for yourself. “Street With No Name” holds its own piece of history: the 160-plus-year-old street has never been given an official name, meaning the street sign merely says “Street With No Name”.
Moving to Levenshulme
Nicknamed ‘Levy’, the area is becoming a hotspot thanks to local treasures like Trove and Levenshulme Market, a strong community, and an affordable rental market that is considerably cheaper than the city centre. Levenshulme living just got interesting.