TEMPORARY OPENING HOURS ANNOUNCED 7 AUGUST 2020
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 (hello to matching furniture, new flooring and 5-speaker sound system!).
The first thing you’ll notice is Rob, Josh or Mike stood by the door dishing out hand sanitiser and ready to guide you around.
If you’re wanting to sit down for a drink, our outdoor ‘corral’ will be open from noon on Tuesday-Saturday and from 2pm on Sunday. Outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you’d prefer to sit inside, indoor seating will be available from 5pm on Thursday & Friday, from 12 noon on Saturday and from 2pm on Sunday. From Thursday 13 August, some tables can be reserved online in advance by using our Table Agent profile, the ‘book now’ button on Facebook, or look for the link at the bottom of our website. Some tables will be left free for walk-ins. Be aware we have had to reduce our indoor capacity by 50%. No children under 18 will be allowed to sit inside. Dogs must be kept on their leads.
We will close at 5pm Tuesday & Wednesday, at 9pm Thursday – Saturday and 7pm on Sunday (last orders are a half hour before closing time but to avoid queueing we will not ring the bell).
Shop sales & growler take-outs will continue. There’s no access to the fridges, but we can show you a pricelist with our full availability, plus in a couple of weeks we’ll have a webshop ready.
For local deliveries, the beer wagon will continue to roll on Friday & Saturday between 4-6pm. Please continue to place orders for delivery through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via our website’s contact form until our webshop is online.
For now we will be closed on Monday.
All of these arrangements are temporary and will likely change 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. It’s important we hear from you directly so we can speedily look into any concerns you might have.
Right, those are the opening hours, what else has changed?
Most importantly, please do not come to the bar if you or a member of your household is unwell 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’re outside then you’ll be served on the door. We can only let you in for the loo and only then when 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. You can place your order by texting the number displayed by each table and collect your order from the hatch at the side of the bar. We’d prefer contactless payments when your drinks are ready to collect from the hatch – don’t forget to bring your empties back to the bar please!
All customers must be seated. You can reserve a table inside for any period between 1 to 4 hours. We will hold table bookings for 15 minutes before releasing the seats to walk-ins. If there are no walk-ins waiting when your table booking expires towards the end of the evening then you’re welcome to carry on using the table.
We have removed several tables and the ones that are left are arranged so that different groups sit at a distance back to back. Please don’t rearrange the furniture. Tables and chairs will be sanitised between uses. The maximum group we can seat inside or out is 6 people (when sat indoors this can involve only 1 household/support bubble due to the stricter local lockdown rules that took effect on July 31st). No under 18s inside please.
We will allow one person at a time upstairs to use the loo. Flip the ‘occupied’ sign on your way up and down the stairs. One person at a time can queue at the bottom of the stairs. 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.
You can continue to either stop by our doorstep to pick up beer to takeaway or send us your orders for delivery. The fridges are off-limits but we can provide you with a pricelist and will have a webshop up and running soon.
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