Located in Manchester’s Whalley Range area, before The Hillary Step there wasn’t much on offer in the way of a decent pint round here, but with this and neighbouring Jam Street, residents now have two comfortable, intimate bars which serves a good range of drinks and extend a friendly welcome.
In a parade of shop that include a chemist’s, a kebab house and a newsagents, stands The Hillary Step. About to celebrate its fourth birthday, The Hillary Step is a very smart local pub for local people.
It’s not a big place: as you come in there are wooden tables and chairs with the bar on your left halfway down the narrow space. There’s exposed brickwork on the left-hand side and a red wall on the other. Otherwise the colour scheme is pale blue, which, as we all know from watching all those endless makeover programmes on TV, is very restful. There are strings of lights hanging down the wall at the end and a cobbled area outside with tables for al fresco drinking.
Whalley Range is very much a self-contained community and this is a residential area, so The Hillary is full of regulars who mainly fall with in the 25-plus professional bracket.
With the buzz of nightlife from neighbouring Chorlton merely minutes up the road, The Hillary Step is for people from the leafy roads directly off Upper Chorlton Road, who can’t be arsed getting caught in the rain to have a pint in Chorltonville.
The Food and Drink
A pint of Warsteiner costs £3.10 and other beers on draught include Guinness, Pickles (Blakemere Brewery), König (dark and light) and Bomber. There are bottles of Duvell, Budweiser and Polish beer Twyzic, plus all three types of Chimay. Wines include a Bougrier Anjou Chenin with its sweet apple notes for £13.75 a bottle (£4.85 for a 250ml glass). There are nibbles, crisps and nuts, but no proper food.
The Last Word
A great place for a relaxing glass of wine or two on a Sunday afternoon.