Whitefield is the birthplace of Clive Anthony, we opened our first branch here in 2009 and never looked back. As the largest local estate agent we wanted to set out just what living in M45 is like and what the local area has to offer.
It often gets overlooked by its neighbouring suburbs but Whitefield is one of north Manchester’s most desirable areas to live.
With a burst of new bars, restaurants and small businesses popping up on the main stretch of Bury New Road, Whitefield is giving the ‘up and coming’ areas a run for their money.
Known in the past for its bleach works and before that home to Flemish Weavers who lived in the cottages around the Lily Hill area, Whitefield is these days home of award-winning chocolatier and food emporium Slattery, classic family Italian hangout and supermarket Roma plus a host of newer excellent local eateries and watering holes.
Whats it like living here? Read on!
Whitefield has two Metrolink stations, Whitefield and Besses o’th Barn, making it easy to get to town and back. It takes just 17 minutes to get to Victoria with trams running every 6 minutes at peak times. Or if you prefer, the drive of 5.7 miles into town would take you 20 minutes on a good day – but considerably longer in rush hour. Junction 17 of the M60 is one of the busiest motorway junctions in Manchester, making it easier for out-of-towners to head in and have a look around, or take a quick pit stop whilst making a journey further north.
Schools and Education
The quality of state schools in Whitefield and the surrounding area is high. Of the 106 primary schools located within 3 miles of Whitefield Ofsted rate 62% as Good and 9% as Outstanding.
Local secondary schools Philips High School are all rated as good by Ofsted.
Family stuff and local attractions
Philips Park Local Nature Reserve
Located on the borders of Whitefield and Prestwich, this beautiful park consists of rich woodland and is an enjoyable walk for all the family. It’s home to Bury’s first mountain bike trail and first countryside centre. The countryside centre occupies the barn of the former estate and includes a classroom where workshops are held throughout the year. They also offer a playscheme for local children to get the chance to experience the environment and its wildlife, with a varied programme of activities including pond dipping and mini-beast safaris.
A stretch of land dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is located on Thatch Leach Lane. This memorial forest was opened in 2010 and a copse of mixed fruit trees has been planted as a memorial orchard dedicated to the Fusiliers who have lost their lives whilst serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and other conflicts since the end of World War II.
Food and Drink
There is plenty in Whitefield for the foodies, from Turkish at recent edition Yara to authentic Tapas at Campo Blanco and homemade pasta at Roma there is plenty to choose from.
Two Birds One Stone
This family-run brunch bar and cafe is a recent addition to the area. There’s a focus on organic and locally sourced produce and a substantial selection for kids and babies. The menu is split into breakfast bowls, all day brunches and sharing boards with classics and touch of Middle Eastern influence in the form of dishes like shakshuka and mezze. But it’s not just a cafe, you can pop in for a couple of cocktails too.
Campo Blanco's drummed up a loyal following of tapas fans since throwing open the doors in 2018.Usual Spanish dishes such as patatas bravas, croquettes, albondigas and calamares are on the menu, as well as more creative plates like tuna tartare on sweet potato crisps, and Spanish black pudding with pico blue cheese and truffle sauce.
Award-winning patisserie and chocolatier Slattery is a third generation run family business currently celebrating its 50th year in the sweet treat business. The stunning three storey building offers bespoke celebration and wedding cakes, handmade luxury chocolates, cakes and ice cream all made on the premises. The dining room serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas which sometimes have waiting lists a month long. If that wasn’t enough chocolatey treats to fill your boots, they also offer workshops in chocolate, the arts of sugar craft and baking courses in the School of Excellence.
Passionate about bringing Chinese cuisine to a new level, 8 Manchester uses the finest ingredients to blend fine dining with both traditional and modern methods of cooking. The stunning interior of this restaurant oozes quality and the bar also offers a list of classic, signature and champagne cocktails. You might even see the occasional celebrity dine here. It’s a bit of a hot spot for reality TV stars and local actors.
Whitefield Golf Club
With a history stretching back to 1932, Whitefield Golf Club is one of the longest-established golf clubs in the north west. The spectacular 10-hole, par 69 parkland style course is especially welcoming, while presenting a challenge for players of all abilities. They also host a lot of social functions and lunches, golf days and events. Everything that a golfer or wannabe golfer would want from a local golf club.
Whitefield Garrick Theatre
Founded in 1943 and run by local theatre enthusiasts, Whitefield Garrick Theatre holds a varied programme of five plays each year. This 87-seat theatre is conveniently located near Whitefield tram station for out-of-towners to visit easily. The theatre underwent some much-needed refurbishments in 2018 and is back open with some great plays lined up for 2019.
Sedgley Park R.U.F.C.
Sedgley play their home matches at their Park Lane ground, and were in National Division One until the end of the 2008–09 season.
Safety & Crime
Like many suburbs situated near large cities in the UK, Whitefield is very safe overall. According to The Manchester Evening News, M45 is one of the most popular areas of Greater Manchester for families to live. Prestwich’s combination of good schools and affordable housing, mixed with fantastic transport links and numerous parks, means it is the ideal setting to raise a family.
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