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8 Reasons to Visit Marple
Just a short train journey from Manchester Piccadilly, Marple is a beautiful place to visit with so much on offer. We've narrowed it down to 8 reasons to visit Marple.
1. Marple Beer Run
This one is not to be missed! As an annual event, it is definitely one to get in the diaries early as there isn’t a day like it. The premise is simple but the day is spectacular. You have a 4Km charity run with three craft beer stops along the way and a finish-line pint to cap it all off. The beer stops are of course optional, if you just want to join in the fun to raise money for charity then you are more than welcome. There is however a gin & tonic alternative available at each stop (although if you want to prove yourself as the best around then you’ve got to tackle the beer)!
2. Chaat Cart
With small plates becoming more popular in the restaurant industry you sometimes question whether you are getting value for money. Not at Chaat Cart. This South Indian Street Food venue offers small plates packed with big flavour and you will in fact love the opportunity to try numerous items from the menu rather than restricting yourself to a main course.
Using seasonal British produce but staying true to the South Indian influence, it is such a unique offering. If you are a group who loves a social meal then this place is perfect as the dishes are designed to be enjoyed together, each sharing the experience, meaning if you’re like us you will spend the whole night talking about the delicious food. For the Vegans out there, Chaat Cart offer a wide range of dishes that are packed full of just as much flavour so you won’t feel left out. If that’s not enough, the restaurant also have an extensive array of gins to either accompany your food or to let you sit back, sip and indulge.
3. Libby’s Bread & Wine
Having already talked about small plates earlier in the piece, Libby’s is another example of how you get it right, as well as offering a separate breakfast and lunch menu with involves their delicious home baked goods. If you love a freshly baked loaf, a barnstormer of a fry-up or a beautifully crafted cake then pop in during the morning.
Back to tapas offering. With high competition for tapas around the Manchester area, Libby’s is not out of place with the best. Don’t believe us? Get yourselves to Marple and try it! We have had some exquisite dishes ranging from your classic pan-fried chorizo in honey to roast monkfish fillet with Nduja pangrattato. There isn’t a bad dish on the menu. In fact there isn’t even an okay dish on the menu, we’ve made our way through the lot and have found each one to be spot on.
4. Marple Canals & Aqueduct
The canal network and locks around Marple are some of the most stunning and steepest up and down the country and that’s even before you reach the aqueduct, which is breathtaking. The flight of 16 locks make a great walk and it is only 20 minutes by foot to the aqueduct, or if you’re more of a cyclist you can cover it all even quicker. Whether you want a route to walk, run or cycle on your own or a family day out, it’s a view worth making time for.
5. Angkor Soul
Those of you who have spent time in Altrincham recently may recognise the name with their second site opening there in June 2018. This Cambodian restaurant has quite the reputation and more importantly, it lives up to it. To the best of their knowledge, they are the only Cambodian in the North West and the Marple restaurant was the second in the country. The dishes are full of flavour with powerful herbs and spices as well as some other typical flavours like coconut and citrus. It might be one of the lesser known cuisines in this country but that is just another reason to try it, we are sure you will love it.
6. Sushi Haus
Quite simply, the best sushi we have ever had. Bold statement we know but we genuinely mean it. This tiny little restaurant which probably can seat 8 to 10 at most, who of course also offer takeaways, smash it out of the park. Everything about it is perfect, from the cleverly named specials incorporating names from Marple itself to the expert presentation of dishes like Dragon Maki (actually presenting the sushi looking like a dragon!).
It may be a cliché or overused word when talking about food but the sushi just tastes FRESH. There is also something endearing to being able to watch the chef make your meal just a couple of metres from your seat. If sushi is your thing, what are you waiting for.
7. Beer Traders
An incredibly friendly bar and bottle shop that has an ever-changing selection of beers with their five keg lines and four cask hand pumps. We have enjoyed everything from flavoursome wheat beer to local brand Cloudwater's incedible craft beer. The atmosphere is always buzzing and has become a key part of the community since opening, made even better with their small outdoor space to enjoy the Summer sun with a drink in hand!
Now the clue is in the name with Foragin, with artisan gins and a range of exceptional craft beers on offer, you won't be short of something delicious to either drink in or take away. Their range is constantly changing, meaning you will always find something new to enjoy, especially with their regular gin tasting evenings hosted with a variety of unique brands. The venue is welcoming and also has a small outdoor space to sip on your perfect serve gins. It is the ideal spot to visit before or after dinner or even for an evening of drinks.
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