STAY TUNED FOR OUR OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT. There’s a lot we need to finish behind the scenes and 40+ pages of guideline government guidelines to wade through. By June 30th we’ll have a better idea as to how and when we’ll be opening. In the meantime you can continue to stop by our doorstep to pick up beer to takeaway or send me your orders for delivery.
STOP AT OUR DOORSTEP TO BROWSE Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm. Because of changes to the lockdown rules you no longer need to order in advance. I’m not allowing customers inside. No open containers are allowed. You’ll need to be able to pay by card.
THE SCHOONER’S BEER WAGON ROLLS Tuesday-Saturday between 5-6pm.
I have cans & bottles of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks plus bar snacks available for collection or for local delivery. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday only I have a couple of cask ales pouring plus kegs of cider and pilsner (because of limited stocks and the time it takes to pour, you need to request your take-out draught beer or cider in advance).
Delivery is available across Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme. I can also reach Walkden, Stretford, Irlam and Carrington and a bit further afield but you may have to wait until the next day. Minimum £25 order for delivery.
I am here to process orders between 12-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. I need any orders for same-day delivery by 4pm. I leave the premises promptly at 5pm to begin deliveries with an aim to finish before 6pm. I will knock or buzz, leave your order on the doorstep and start heading back to my car so there’s no close contact. I am assuming everyone is at home, but you can give me special instructions for stashing away your order, leaving with a neighbour etc.
You can collect from outside the premises between 12-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. I will not allow anyone to enter the premises. No deliveries or collections on either Sunday or Monday.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What’s in stock?
On our Facebook page you’ll see photo albums which show availability and prices. The album is reviewed daily but is neither exhaustive nor shows real time availability: more stock is coming in and I’ll make you aware if I need to make substitutions.
How does take-out draught beer work?
I have two types of containers to hold fresh draught beer & cider poured from our taps, 2L glass growlers (presently out of stock – ask to be added to the waiting list) and 5L bag in a box (BIB). I must have your order the day before so I can pour your beer or cider on the morning it is to be delivered or collected.
How do I place an order?
You can reach me on Facebook Messenger, Twitter DM or by using the contact form on the website. If you use the contact form, check your spam folder for my reply, although I will chase you up by text if I don’t hear back from you.
Is a custom order OK?
Yes, you don’t have to restrict yourselves to what I’ve boxed up as I do have other stock. Give me a budget and the types of beer you are looking for.
What else do I need?
I need your mobile number, home address and photo ID if there’s no recognisable photo of you on Twitter or Facebook, plus any special delivery instructions or collection requests.
How do I pay?
I’ll send a text with a one-time payment link that will take you to a secure site for entering your payment details. I then receive an automatic email in confirmation.
When will I receive my order?
I set off at 5pm and so far I have been able to do all deliveries before 6 (sometimes later on Friday & Saturday). If your order can wait another day or two, let me know.
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT
Although all bars and pubs are closed to the public. Off-licences were among the businesses excluded from the enforced shop closures (restrictions were lifted on June 15th). My business is licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on or off the premises. I have a personal licence for the retail sale of alcohol, plus I am a registered alcohol wholesaler. I am working in isolation at the premises: hands washed, gloves on and sanitiser at the ready.
I conduct alcohol sales during licensed business hours only. I will verify your age if you do not meet the Challenge 21 criteria. I have the right to refuse delivery or collection if I believe you are not drinking responsibly.

ON BEHALF OF MY STAFF, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Robert

 

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT – 24 MARCH 2020

We have closed our premises to walk-in customers. That means no takeouts and no growler fills (UPDATE TO THE UPDATE – I am trialling growler fills over the late May bank holiday weekend, please contact me to see what’s available). All sales need to be made via email, Facebook or Twitter instead. All orders will be delivered free around the local area, subject to a £25 minimum spend. Collection from outside the premises can be arranged by appointment.

We continue to follow government guidelines and advice from experts in the industry. One member of staff is on site Tuesday-Saturday to process orders between 12-5pm. We are disinfecting door handles and other frequently-touched surfaces at the premises while taking the same level of care with home deliveries (for instance, wearing single-use gloves while packing your beers and leaving parcels outside your front door at an agreed time). All home deliveries need paid for in advance by card and we’ll send you a link to your phone for doing this.

You can also buy a gift card now to spend when you feel more comfortable socialising. There’s no expiry date. You can pay online and we can post it out to you, just use our contact form here.

Stay home if you’re unwell (this applies to staff too). Visit NHS 111 to check your symptoms.

Ask us about local home delivery via Facebook, Twitter or our contact form here on our website. We have discounted boxes advertised on our socials which you can pay for online and we’ll arrange to drop off for you.

Here are some suggestions about coping with anxiety during these uncertain times. It goes without saying that all events are temporarily suspended.

 

And finally…wash your hands!

 

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, as is the Artisan Market.

Join quizmaster Rob’s virtual quiz on WhatsApp every Tuesday from 8pm. Download WhatsApp and get in contact with your phone number.

 

 

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.

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.