Brookburn Road, Chorlton.
This pub is a pleasant surprise. It should be awful - think Sky Sports and large gleaming bar pumps for strong lager and guinness - but for some unknown reason it's actually pretty decent. Maybe the fact that it's unpretentious in comparison with many other Chorlton watering holes helps. The punters certainly don't have the Nathan Barley attitude of many trendy Chorlton types. The addition of a couple of hand pumps is a bonus, and the bar staff are very friendly. It feels like a very normal pub and is all the better for it. You can get to it through the small graveyard at the opposite end of Chorlton Green to the Horse and Jockey, and it does have its own Bowling Green.