This year has been outright challenging for all of us. Arguably more so for the local indie shops, restaurants and bars. They’ve been hit really hard. They’re the places we all love. They’re the places we show our friends and family when they visit. They’re the local places that make us call wherever we live, home. But if you’re being honest do you use them enough as you could?
Be sound. This year show as much love and support as possible to your local independent in the run up to Christmas. This weekend is Small Business Saturday, which highlights great indie retailers across the UK.
Here are some of our Favourite local places
Barbakan – A bonafide Chorlton institution for over 50 years. If you’ve lived in South Manchester or visited anyone who does you’ve almost certainly been here for baked goods, brunch or both. We’d highly recommend the Norlander Loaf and the Onion Bagels.
Opened just before lockdown #1 Batch Deli has been fueling the residents of Altrincham with tasty sandwiches and charcuterie through the strangest of times. Worth popping next door to Batch Bottlestore for a very eclectic range of craft beers and natural wines.
The Cycle Centre
With cycling booming during lockdown getting repairs was almost impossible (despite what certain national chains were promising) So here’s a big shout out to local bike shop across the UK, with special mention to the Cycle Centre in Runcorn for keeping the team active (well the one of us who’s local to Runcorn anyway!)
Groceries and Beer
Nestled in the centre of Sale, Groceries and Beer is an amazing local convenience store, that does exactly what it says. Stock groceries, craft beer along with refill household products, fruit and veg, plants, and pretty much anything else you could want. A proper local store, supplying local food and drink for local people. Massive respect.
It’s lovely going to Grub on the weekends for an amazing collection of different street food vendors. Saturday is anything goes and Sunday is strictly vegan. The vibe is so fun and everyone is lovely! Sadly they’re not allowed to open currently, so they’re running Grub-E-Mart to get through Covid, each week is different menus of food/meals you can order at home.
Josh and Nelly
Panchos have a mexican food stall in the Arndale which is mega! But mostly we use Panchos for the different mexican groceries they sell. The staff are all so nice and always happy to help people learn how to use the ingredients and improve their cooking skills.
Passion Fruit Coffee
Passion Fruit Coffee is an amazing coffee roasters based in Trafford who started offering home delivery during lockdown. They’ve recently set up a small shop in Chorlton which is a great addition given that they used to supply the much missed favourite Barbecue in the village.
Two Brothers Coffee
Be sound. Shop local. Shop Indie.
So that’s our guide to Regital’s favourite local independents. Clearly we’ll be eating lots of baked goods, fuelling ourselves on coffee, and drinking a bit too much. Lockdown hasn’t changed us one bit. Standard.