Team behind the Lawn Club opens all-day neighbourhood hangout in the burbs
James and Hannah Wrigley, owners of bar and events company Keep Left, which ran The Lawn Club restaurant and bar in the centre of Spinningfields, until it closed last summer, have moved on to pastures new – with their three moth old baby. But the city centre’s loss is Heaton Mersey’s gain, as thanks to the couple, the small Stockport suburb can now boast its very own independent all-day drinking and dining venue.
The Boundary Bar is unlike anywhere else in the village, on the Didsbury Road leading off behind the Parr’s Wood cinema and restaurant complex. Now Heaton Mersey folk have a neighbourhood cafe bar to call their own for brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee and cake, or a cocktail and a natter.
The (well-behaved) dog-friendly and pushchair-friendly all-day diner shows hints of its owner’s background with lots of plants and trailing greenery in the cool white interior, along with hanging lights, monochrome artwork, cool grey velvet bench seating and natural wood flooring. Music is clearly important to the Boundary team and we found ourselves swaying along to some chilled reggae beats as the spring sunshine beamed in through the windows. Two tables at the front of the cafe are surrounded by cushioned booth seating, so cosy that there’s a danger parties coming in for brunch, might be tempted to stay there until early evening.
As you’d expect from a relaxed local place, we spied women sharing a bottle of wine and some gossip, next to families with young kids and people on their own with a newspaper enjoying a coffee and a slice of cake or a dessert like Eton Mess or seasonal fruit crumble.
The food menu, served from early morning to late evening has been designed to be as versatile as the venue. Some dishes even form part of a takeaway menu if you want something that resembles homemade without too much effort on your part. Dishes focus on fresh, quality produce cooked simply and served without pretension. From 10am Monday-Saturday and 11am on Sundays, diners can enjoy a late breakfast of homemade granola with forest fruit compote and thick yoghurt, a signature dry cured bacon sandwich or sourdough toast made from Trove Bakery bread with various toppings.
On weekends there’s a more extensive additional brunch menu including banana bread, a full breakfast or bacon Benedict. Lunch every day can be soup, sandwiches, salads or small plates – we recommend you sample the home made flatbreads with hoummus along with a few salted pardon peppers. Of course, there’s a signature roast dinner on Sundays including a smaller version for children.
Big plates are available from 12pm and include The Boundary Bar’s signature flatbreads, all of which are lightly brushed with garlic butter and garnished with mixed leaves, tomatoes and red onion. The homemade falafel, feta and mint yoghurt made a great vegetarian option, but we really enjoyed the charred lamb version drizzled with chimichurri, harissa and mint yoghurt.
Don’t worry if you feel the need for something heartier than all this drink-friendly grazing food, they have you covered. Tuck in to the classic 8oz sirloin steak with chips, pimped up by your choice of sauce, or an 8oz burger with lettuce, tomato, mustard and skewered dill pickle, served on a brioche bun with skin on chips. The homemade falafel burger with mint yoghurt, harissa paste, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun made a fantastic veggie option, as did Boundary Bar’s version of the eternally comforting mac n cheese. It could have been the effect of the spring sunshine, but we couldn’t resist ordering some Mediterranean fish skewers with taboulah salad infused with fresh herbs and ruby pomegranate seeds.
To wash it all down, there’s a comprehensive drinks menu including a great selection of gin and tonics including Three Rivers Manchester gin with apricot, rosemary and Fevertree tonic, or the so-called Death’s Door with orange and mint. Spritzers have been included with al fresco summers in mind and they’re working on a brand new cocktail menu which should be ready to go in a few weeks. Bottles beers include ones from Shindigger, Beavertown and Anchor.
If you prefer more of a fermented grape-based beverage, you’ll like Boundary Bar’s reasonably priced wine list where a bottle of Prosecco will only set you back £22. The comprehensive wine list covers most needs and tastes from a light, chilled bottle of Picpoul de Pinet to a robust and full bodied Argentinian Mendoza with half the wines listed available by the glass or the bottle.
As Boundary Bar’s owners live nearby, they felt that their local area was missing a relaxed but elegant family and friends hangout with an easy going menu and a great drinks selection. They’ve put their expertise into good use and made sure it’s certainly got one now.
The Boundary Bar, 464 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, SK4 3BS. Tel: 0161 432 0465
Open: Mon-Thu 10am-10.30pm Fri-Sat 10am-11pm Sun 11am-10pm