The Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season for Spring 2015 is The Sedge Lynn, Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
Whilst possibly not having the trendy appeal of some of Chorlton's other bars, the Sedge Lynn sits quietly on Manchester Road selling vast quantities of quality real ales day in day out. Its 12 handpumps will typically feature 8 different real ales alongside two traditional ciders and have seen it become one of JD Wetherspoon's top selling real ale outlets, easily selling more real ale than most of it's competition.
Current manager Kirstin Downham took over 18 months ago having moved from The Kingfisher in Poynton. Local readers may also remember her from Didsbury's Milson Rhodes where she was the original manager in 2010. Since moving to Chorlton, Kirstin has continued the good work of her predecessor Leanne Kempthorne who boosted real ale sales at the pub with a more varied range and much improved quality, taking the pub into the Good Beer Guide in the process. In September last year, the pub was named the North West regional winner for Real Ale in Wetherspoons annual awards.
The Sedge Lynn is an impressive building with it's tall curved ceiling and ornate green and white frontage and coloured glass. The building was originally built in 1907 and is now Grade II listed. It was originally a Billiards Hall built by the Temperance Hall Billiard Company, one of several such halls built around Manchester intended to tempt young men away from playing billiards in pubs and succumbing to the 'demon drink. In the lovely ironic twist, it was converted to a pub by Wetherspoon in 1999. It is testament to Wetherspoon's designers that they recognised the beauty of the building and retained many of the original features including the long roof windows which were originally to let maximum light into the hall (on occasion windows have been damaged and the Pub Co has even commissioned replicas or the originals).