TEMPORARY HOURS & BUSINESS OPERATIONS

LAST ORDERS AT THE BAR PLEASE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20TH 

Once ‘Tier 3’ rules take effect we will offer shop sales and local beer wagon deliveries. We’ll confirm our opening hours ASAP.

AS OF 24 SEPTEMBER 2020 ALL CUSTOMERS WILL BE SERVED AT THEIR TABLE AND MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN STOOD INSIDE THE PREMISES

Calling all hoptimists! The Schooner is now fully open.

We’ve made a few changes, some out of necessity (is that hand sanitiser in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?) and others long overdue (say hello to matching furniture, new flooring and 5-speaker sound system!).

The first thing you’ll notice is Rob, Josh or Mike at their hosting station in front of the bar dishing out hand sanitiser, taking your contact details and guiding you to a table.

We’re open from 2pm on Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday and from noon Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables indoors can be reserved online by using our Table Agent profile, the ‘book now’ button on Facebook or via the link at the bottom of our website (max 6 customers per table). Some tables will be left free for walk-ins and we’ll give your reserved table to walk-ins if you’re 15 minutes late.

We have reduced our indoor capacity by 50%. No children under 18 will be allowed to sit inside. Dogs must be kept on their leads. The stricter local restrictions in effect since July 31st mean that anyone sitting together inside must be from the same household or social bubble.

Wherever you’re sat, you’ll be served at your table. Send a text to the number on display or wave one of us down, then please be ready to pay by card when we bring your drinks over.

The main new development as of September 24th is that you must wear a mask when entering the premises or moving about, just like you’ve been doing for weeks now in the shops. Stood up? Mask up. This will apply to our staff as well, even when they are stood by the open door or in our ‘fish bowl’ behind the bar.

We will be locking our doors at 7pm Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday and at 10pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday.  Last orders are 45 minutes before closing time (we’ll do one last sweep then, please do not queue at the bar) and all customers will be kindly asked to vacate the premises by 10pm at the latest. For now we will be closed on Mondays and all events have been put on hold.

There’s no access to the fridges, but shop sales & growler take-outs will continue, plus the beer wagon will continue to roll on Friday & Saturday making local deliveries between 4-6pm. Visit our webshop, then either collect your takeaway beer from our doorstep during business hours, or if you live locally and spend a certain amount you can request free delivery. Full terms can be found on our M41 Beer Wagon webshop.

All of these arrangements are temporary and tend change frequently so please watch for updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website. We’re keen to hear what you think, so please contact us with your suggestions.

Please do not come to the bar if you or a member of your household is unwell and/or awaiting test results.

It is up to all of us to help the NHS with Test & Trace. That means we will be keeping a log of all our customers. Any details we take will be kept secure and not used for marketing. Any records will be destroyed after 21 days. If you have the Covid 19 app on your phone, you can check in using the QR code on display.

If you’re outside then you’ll be served at your table. We can only let you in for the loo and only then when you’re wearing a mask and there is room inside to queue. If the weather changes, we may not be able to find room for you inside.

If you’ve booked a table or we can find room for you inside, we’ll tell you where to find your table and ask that you all sit down to review the menu. Place your order by texting the number displayed by each table and we’ll deliver your drinks to you. Please be ready to pay by card.

All customers must be seated. When stood, you must wear a mask.

We have removed several tables and the ones that are left have been arranged so that different groups sit back to back. Please don’t rearrange the furniture. Tables and chairs will be sanitised between uses.

If you’ve seen someone head upstairs to the loo, please queue one at a time at the bottom of the stairs. Wait at your table if you see someone already queueing for the loo. The downstairs WC will be locked unless there’s an emergency. There’s a detailed cleaning regime in place. Toilets will be sanitised regularly and closed briefly at those times.

We have limited space for queueing outside and we can’t have a crowd gathering out front. If you see a line growing outside then make a note to book a table for another time.

We’re excited to have you back at the bar, it has been a long time coming! We promise to do everything we can to keep you happy and comfortable.

WELCOME

Welcome to the Prairie Schooner Taphouse, an independent bar and off-licence in Urmston. We’re named after the wagons covered in sailcloth which crossed the American West in pioneer days.

We specialise in real ale from local brewers on our four hand pumps as well as eight craft kegs. We also have a selection of real cider, fine wine, fizz, single malt whisky, small-batch gin, vodka and rum plus old-fashioned soft drinks which are sourced from independent producers as much as possible.

We have a large selection of American, Continental and local beers in our fridges to take away, or you can take a relaxing tipple in our drinking parlour free from loud music and sports TV. See what’s on tap on Twitter or download the RealAleFinder app for your phone.

Find our calendar of events on Facebook for details about our weekly quiz, tutored tastings, live music nights, DJ sessions and Bring Your Own Vinyl.

‘One of Manchester’s Ten Great Beer Shops’ Manchester TimeOut

‘One of Manchester’s Best Booze Shops’

‘One of the best beer selections in the whole of Greater Manchester.

If you’re thirsty – this is the best place to come in Urmston by far’ Manchester’s Finest

‘LocAle Pub of the Year 2016 & 2019’  & a ‘Pub of the Season 2016’ Trafford & Hulme CAMRA

Awarded CAMRA’s LocAle  and ‘Great Beer Found Here’ accreditations

Good Beer Guide 2018/2019/2020

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What we do

Four hand-pulled real ales. Usually local and ever-changing: we often have casks from Blackedge, Brightside, Cloudwater, Dunham Massey, Marble and many other local breweries from the burgeoning Manchester beer scene. You can find out what’s on tap through our updates on Facebook or Twitter.

Eight craft kegs on tap.  You can rely on us to serve Hogan’s draught cider, local IPAs from the likes of Burton Road, Pomona Island, Shindigger etc plus whatever else takes our fancy. We have dedicated fonts for sours and fruity beers, with frequent Continental and American imports too. Outstanding Beers of Salford make a cracking German-style pilsner and Outstanding’s Stout is superb as well (‘better than the black stuff,’ we’ve been told by customers).

Bottled & canned beers from around the world & from around the corner. Although we work direct with as many local producers as possible, we also offer many fine Continental and American beers too like Augustiner, Dry & Bitter, Evil Twin and assorted Trappist brews. These are all refrigerated and ready for you to take home for a 10% discount, or crack open a cool one in our drinking parlour (corkage is included in the price). At last count we have over 150 beers and ciders in our fridges. We welcome special orders plus sell gift vouchers and gift boxes.

Cider, perry & fruit ciders.  We have Hogan’s Ciders on draught and bottles from the likes of Dunkerton and Manchester’s own Moss Cider. All as traditional and natural as possible.

Wine & fizz. A small but choice selection, by the glass or by the bottle. The Argentinian malbec and Marlborough sauvignon blanc are particularly popular.

Whiskies. Only from true independents like Springbank, Kilchoman and Arran, mainly from distilleries we have personally visited ourselves.

Small-batch gin, rum and vodka.  We stock the best gins from many Manchester distilleries (Faith  & Sons, Fenney Street, Manchester, Three Rivers & Zymurgorim). All are served in balloon glasses with Fever-Tree tonic as standard. Faith & Sons vodka, an aged white rum and Admiral J’s spiced rum round out our spirits selection. We sell all our spirits by the bottle to take home, POA. We sell all our wines and spirits by the bottle too, so if there’s anything on the menu you particularly like we can send you home with a bottle at our off-licence price or specially order a case for you at a 10% discount.

Gluten-free and low-alcohol beers. From Brew Dog, Jever and Estrella.

Soft drinks. We stock fizzy drinks by Fairtrade & organic producer Karma along with pure fruit juices, ginger ale, sugarfree cordials and sparkling spring water.

Nibbles. Traditional bar snacks including Fiddler’s crisps from Lancashire and as well as luxury mixed nuts, bombay mix  and sweets.

Free Wi-Fi.

Our ‘meet the brewer/distiller’ nights, brewery takeovers and other events are announced on Facebook and Twitter.

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What’s on

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

All events at the bar are cancelled until further notice.

Let’s Get Quizzical on Tuesdays with quizmaster Rob. Prizes for the teams with the highest and lowest scores, plus everyone has a chance to win the rolling cash jackpot. £1 per person entry, maximum six players per team please.  Between 8-10pm.

Every First Wednesday: Urmston Brew Club.

Every Second Wednesday: Board game night (18+) with Dale.

Thirsty Thursdays. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to hear about live music, street food or tasting events, often with brewers or distillers on hand.

Bring Your Own Vinyl on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, hosted by Dave Garland of Music For The Soul. Bring a record to share on our turntable, or take your pick from Dave’s selection. Theme nights are announced on Twitter, but you’re welcome to bring any music you want to share.

DJ nights. TBA

Meet the brewer/tap takeovers most recently featuring Cloudwater, Magic Rock and Track.

We’re members of the Urmston Partnership and every so often you’ll find us selling bottles around the corner in Eden Square alongside other food & drink suppliers.

We also take bottles and cans to Urmston’s Artisan Market on the first Saturday of every month. The Artisan Market resumed in summer 2020 and is Covid-secure.

Do you belong to a book club or other group looking for somewhere to meet? Planning a birthday or other celebration? Contact us in order to reserve tables for group bookings. We are no longer able to hire out the entire premises.

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Where

We’re at 33 Flixton Road (on Urmston’s high street) between 72 Tattoo and Urmston Carpets. We hope all of our customers will walk, cycle or take public transport to reach us. Plan your journey using the travel tools at Transport for Greater Manchester.

We are a few doors down from Urmston train station which is on the stopping service that links Manchester Oxford Road & Deansgate stations with Liverpool Lime Street. To reach us by train from Manchester Piccadilly, you’ll need to take a connecting train to Oxford Road station.

Buses on routes 15, 22, 23, 245, 255, 268, 276 and 278 all stop nearby.

We have no car parking spaces at our premises. The private lane to the side needs to be left clear for deliveries and our neighbours, so please don’t pull in or try to park behind our building. On-street parking along Flixton Road is limited to 2 hours until 6pm Monday-Saturday. There is a large multi-storey car park behind the Eden Square Sainsbury’s off Croft Bank’s Road which offers three hours of free parking during the day and is free after 6pm.

Accessibility. There is one 6-inch step into our premises (no handrail). We have a portable ramp we can bring out for wheelchair users. There is a fully accessible WC on the ground floor.

To get in touch, send an email using the form below. Be prepared to dig out our reply from your spam folder.

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Press

We’ve had a few mentions by Manchester’s Finest in print and online, praising us for both our bar element and burgeoning bottle shelves. They rate us as one of Manchester’s Best Booze Shops and also say ‘If you’re thirsty – this is the best place to come in Urmston by far.’ We’ve been named one of TimeOut’s Ten Great Manchester Beer Shops.

After hosting a meeting of the local Trafford & Hulme CAMRA branch, we were featured in the December 2015 edition of the Opening Times.

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The local Trafford & Hulme branch of CAMRA voted us runner-up best newcomer for 2015.

We were mentioned by Tony Naylor in his blog for The Guardian in July 2015 in an assessment of pubs that don’t do food. He pointed out how Manchester in particular has seen “a remarkable recent growth in suburban bars that exclusively specialise in great beer.” His verdict on the micropub trend? “Stock high-quality, unusual drinks and that, in itself, can turn a pub into a destination.”

Tony Naylor also mentioned us in his 2015 piece for Olive Magazine titled Why We Love Craft Beer, in which he encouraged readers to ‘treasure the distinctive atmosphere of food-free bars…try Urmston’s Prairie Schooner.’

We’ve also been featured on the Urmston Independents blog and have been profiled by the Manchester Evening News along with several other independent businesses in the neighbourhood.

Here’s our press release for the September 2014 edition of the local CAMRA Opening Times.

Another preview piece appeared in Manchester Confidential in October 2014, again before we opened and still had a prototype of our logo floating around on the interwebs.

For all the media coverage, we’re most interested in hearing what our customers have to say which is why we’re on TripAdvisor. We welcome your reviews there and on Facebook as well, along with the Micropub AssociationBeer In The Evening and Pubs Galore.