One of Manchester’s most desirable locations, Hale is a coveted destination for those seeking a balance of rural charm with urban elegance.
Within easy reach of Manchester city centre, visitors of Hale will quickly fall to the suburb’s charisma and charm thanks to its thriving local economy, close knit community, and close access to attractive recreational space.
While widely believed to have established itself in the 8th century, the earliest documented reference to Hale was found in the Domesday Book of 1086, which traces the area’s original ownership to the Massey and Stamford families. These names are still remembered today through Hale’s green spaces, including Stamford Park which has steadily expanded its woodland and garden spaces through volunteering projects led by the community.
The 17th century Dunham Massey estate meanwhile welcomes active families to explore 250 acres of formal grounds and deer parks in lush surroundings. Keen walkers ready for a longer day out can meanwhile take advantage of the scenic River Bollin, south of Hale centre, with numerous trails stretching towards Manchester’s ship canal.
Symbolising Hale’s heritage, Royd House still stands as the suburbs central historic landmark. Designed and built by architect Edgar Wood, the Grade I listed building is still regarded today as one of the most intricate examples of early twentieth century architecture.
As one of Manchester’s most affluent areas, modern Hale is long known as a popular residential choice for local celebrities and Premier League footballers, with players from both Manchester City and Manchester United clubs often snapped by paparazzi in public, along with “The Real Housewives of Cheshire.” As of March 2022, Hale’s average house price is just over £703,000 according to real estate agent Rightmove, and remains a desirable option for families relocating to Manchester, with schools in the catchment area consistently ranking high amongst the UK’s top schools.
Hale also boasts its own golf course, lawn tennis club, and country club, with VIP visitors taking advantage of the rich spa treatment facilities on offer. Art lovers meanwhile will be left inspired by a range of galleries which host exciting programmes of red-carpet events alongside exhibitions of signed rarities from 20th century masters including Picasso, Hockney, and Warhol.
A thriving retail neighbourhood, Hale Village is home to an intricate variety of independent shops to be found between the bustling bars and eateries along Ashley Road. Portland Wine is one, storing a top range of quality vintages and locally sourced craft beer with knowledgeable staff ready to host the Spring Wine Fair, taking place this year on 13th May.
Next door, branching out the business premises earlier this year, The Green Eatery’s owners have also opened The Little Garden florist shop, run by a skilled team of floral designers providing bespoke gifts for all occasions.
Hale has also attracted local heavyweights from Manchester city centre’s bustling restaurant scene recently, with Don Giovanni owner Adam Karim opening the People brasserie in late 2021. Serving up an all-day menu within its glamorous interior, the modern European restaurant also calls upon local suppliers to bolster its options such as Grandpa Green’s ice cream, Great North Pie Co and fresh bakes from Altrincham Market.
Since its recent opening, Yubo has also quickly attracted the attention of Manchester’s adventurous foodies to sample a fusion of authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine, while inviting private parties to enjoy a huge choice of sharing platters on offer alongside an extensive cocktail menu.
A flourishing neighbourhood which continues to delight and surprise, Hale bursts with stylish appeal for both newcomers and regular visitors, with a warm community spirit that keeps the village thriving.
Explore some of Hale’s bustling businesses and find out what this vibrant village has to offer.
Recently celebrating 110 years of trading, Hills’ Bakery is a Hale staple. This artisanal bakery has been delighting Jewish customers with delicious handmade treats and confectionery for well over a century, and it’s easy to see why it has such longevity. Every tasty morsel is baked on-site daily, and the wraps, salads and sandwiches are all prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients sourced mainly from suppliers around Manchester.
The star of the show is the traditional sourdough bread, made over three days and full of flavour. The bakery also has special fibre flour available for customers wanting higher fibre, lower carbohydrate products. Hills Bakery welcomes old and new clients back into the bakery to enjoy the smell of fresh bread!
Offering diagnostic medical ultrasound and private midwifery services, Starlight Ultrasound’s Hale clinic is a calm and reassuring environment to take care of all your ante- and post-natal needs. Starlight offers all types of pregnancy scans from early reassurance to gender, anomaly, and growth scans throughout pregnancy in addition to blood tests and the Harmony NIPT.
Additionally, Starlight’s medically qualified sonographers offer men’s and women’s general ultrasound scans as well as paediatric ultrasound. Within the clinic there is also a baby boutique with exclusive brands specialising in clothing for ages newborn to two years old available to buy online or in-store.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers
Adam’s career in the antiques industry began when he joined Criterion Auctioneers in London as a porter, after studying classics at Oxford University. In 1998 Adam moved to Marshall’s in Knutsford, where he worked for the next decade as a Senior Valuer and Auctioneer, becoming a regular fixture on
TV, making him widely recognised as a top antiques expert.
In 2008, he opened Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, now the largest independent auction house in the North West, with regular auction sales particularly in jewellery and watches. The team of valuers, saleroom staff, and administrators have expert knowledge that covers the entirety of the world of antiques, fine art, and the auction market.
Riva Cocktail Bar & Restaurant sits right at the heart of Hale and offers a great choice of British food with a twist. The restaurant presents a rustic feel with funky seating and chunky solid wood tables along with some stylish industrial light fittings, all creating a warm ambience that will have you feeling right at home.
After just three years, the privately owned venue is the highest rated restaurant in Hale according to Trip Advisor. A truly welcoming and relaxing experience is guaranteed, with live acoustic music acts on Thursday evenings. Riva is open all day, every day, and has an acclaimed must-try bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday morning.