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 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