The sunny weather allowed the perfect excuse for a day out exploring Disbury Village in Manchester, soaking up some rays in Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens topped off with a slice of gourmet dining at The Award Winning Lime Tree Restaurant in West Didsbury.Didsbury Village: Didsbury Village is a suburban area of Manchester, England, situated on the north bank of the River Mersey. Steeped in history there are records of Didsbury existing as a small hamlet as early as the 13th century. We took the new, highly efficient metro link tram from Manchester city centre stopping at Didsbury Village (£3approx), we meandered our way along the high-street past the cafes, bars, numerous independent shops and World famous English food specialist the Cheese Hamlet.
Skipping off the main high-street into Fletcher Moss Gardens we took a moment to oogle at St James’s Church which was built in 1235! The old Parsonage building located next to the popular public house ‘Yee Olde Cock Inn’ became renowned for being haunted, the servants refused to sleep on the premises and it was abandoned in 1850. Local alderman Fletcher Moss bought the house in 1865 and lived in it for more than 40 years. In 1902, he installed wrought iron gates at the entrance to the parsonage’s garden, which, because of the building’s reputation, became known locally as “the gates to Hell”. The Parsonage Gardens are now named Fletcher Moss Gardens and are the perfect place to cycle, enjoy a picnic or just take in some of the breathtaking flowers planted there.
The Lime Tree Restaurant: The Lime Tree, situated on leafy Lapwing Lane in West Didsbury, has been at the top of the list for Manchester gourmets for years. A regular haunt for yummy mummy’s, real food lovers and families alike. Chef-patron Patrick Hannity and his team of chefs prepare the award-winning food, which started out French and over the years has evolved into cutting-edge Modern British. The Lime Tree offers top-drawer fine dining without being in the least bit stuffy – there’s an elegant, bohemian feel to the place and in summer you can experience it al fresco on the terrace. As you walk down the stairs to the loos you can see the array of Good Food Guides featuring The Lime Tree Restaurant as far back as the 80’s. We grabbed a table outside and sampled some of the best food in Manchester. The atmosphere was relaxed, each table is laid out with crisp white tables cloths and the service was friendly, efficient and informative
The Menu: Many of the dishes reflect the passing seasons and all ingredients are locally sourced. Three courses without wine will cost you around £20. I opted for the Pan Fried Duck which was served in a tangy orange sauce, words fail me as to how incredible the flavours of this dish were. We took it in turns to each try each others dishes and bar-none the quality and taste of each dish was impecable. The Lime Tree Restaurant is also very well known for it’s extensive and well priced wine menu. I know i’ll be going back to The Lime Tree in the near future and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. A ‘must-go-to’ restaurant!
The Lime Tree Restaurant: 8 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2WS
‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’ – George Bernard Shaw
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