Recently acquired by the enterprising Steve Pilling of gourmet restaurant Damson across the road, the moribund Moor Top is on the up. Already it is hosting the Heaton Moor Market and, more significantly, its simple, £10 two-course lunches are going down a storm. Pilling knows how to make food pubs work, currently at the Red Lion, High Lane and the Dockyard chain, formerly at the Chop Houses in Manchester, so the future looks great for the Moor Top. Elsewhere, the busy Plough on The Moor, The Elizabethan and The Crown all have their supporters. March 2017: Closed for extensive renovations – check website.