Newly opened on Flixton Road, Urmston, the Prairie Schooner is an independent micropub (what a very fine word that is!) and bottle shop. And what is a “prairie schooner”? It’s the name given to a covered wagon used by 19th century migrants settlers across America. Yes, the kind you’d see on Little House on the Prairie. The name is purely metaphorical, and relates to the pioneering spirit behind the venture; it’s not a theme bar.
Situated opposite Darby’s Coffee and Arts Lounge, the bar is warmly lit and cosy, yet far bigger than it looks from outside. It has a three-sided bar and plenty of seating, with has a relaxed, comfortable ambience. This is a space that can equally accommodate genial gatherings of friends, intimate rendez-vous for two or solo cogitations at one of the window seats, where you can watch the comings and goings of Flixton Road.
I’m more or less teetotal but the mulled cider smelled so festive I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It was deliciously spiced and wonderfully warming on a winter’s day. My husband and I reflected that we could easily spend hours in there and we shall certainly return.
I shy away from listing pubs and bars on here because it’s often unclear whether they are independent or not (many are linked to breweries in a kind of franchise-like agreement), but the Prairie Schooner Taphouse is clearly an indie operation. The Prairie Schooner Taphouse specialises in real ale from local microbreweries poured by the pint straight from the cask. They also stock a selection of traditional cider and perry, fine wine, prosecco, single malt whisky, small-batch gin and old-fashioned soft drinks all made by independent producers.
The Prairie Schooner Taphouse is at 33 Flixton Road, Urmston. Children are allowed on the premises till 6pm and dogs are allowed at quiet times. Visit Prairie Schooner Taphouse’s website for details of their opening hours.