Chester

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Option 1
Manchester Piccadilly
10:53 Chester via Warrington
Arrive Chester 11:54
Option 2
Manchester Piccadilly
10:41 Chester via Northwich
Stockport train station 10:52
Arrive Chester 12:10
The Deva Tap 12:15 - 12:45
Olde Cottage 12:45 - 13:15
Pied Bull 13:15 - 14:15 Food available, booking suggested
Cavern of the Curious Gnome 14:15 - 14:45
Brewhouse and Kitchen 14:45 - 15:15
Mill Hotel 15:15 - 16:00
Cellar 16:00 - 16:30
Old Harkers Arms 16:30 - 17:15
Return via Crewe 17:35 & 17:55
Return via Warrington 17:51 To Manchester Piccadilly
Return via Northwich 18:01
Return via Warrington 18:52 To Manchester Piccadilly
Return via Crewe 18:55
Return via Northwich 19:00


The Deva Tap — 12:15 - 12:45

121 Brook Street, Chester, CH1 3DU

Popular venue close to the railway station, taken over by the team at Deva Craft Brewery in March 2017. The brewery was then sold in late 2017 and split from the pub business. The interior is fairly open plan but still has the feel of three separate rooms - a small area by the door, larger seating area in the middle and the bar at the far end. The exterior has a very unusual but stunning roof line and there is a small courtyard with picnic tables. On the bar you'll find up to five handpumps selling a range of local ales plus several keg taps and bottles. Food served daily.


Olde Cottage — 12:45 - 13:15

34 - 36 Brook Street, Chester, CH1 3DZ

Welcoming traditional community hostelry on a popular eating and drinking street close to the bus station and between the city centre and railway station. The pub benefits from a range of pub games with two dart boards, pool and bagatelle. There is a real fire in colder weather. Four hand pumps serve a rotating range of guest beers. These come from the Admiral list - one local beer per week allowed out of tie (not via SIBA). Currently offering both a CAMRA discount and a loyalty scheme. Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year 2016 CAMRA Champion Pub of Cheshire 2016 & 2018.


Pied Bull — 13:15 - 14:15

57 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ

An oak-beamed city centre pub which is the oldest continuously licensed premises in Chester, also reputed to be haunted. Staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic & friendly. Site of the only micro-brewery within the walls of Chester, producing a rapidly expanding range of house ales (including CAMRA award winning beer -Matador) to complement the varying guest ales. House ales also available as bottled take-outs. Regular beer festivals. Traditional, high quality pub meals containing locally sourced ingredients, available all day. New beer garden opened in July 2016 is a boon in warm weather.


Cavern of the Curious Gnome — 14:15 - 14:45

61 Bridge Street Row East, Chester, CH1 1NW

Located on one of Chester's unique shopping galleries called the Rows, this deceptively spacious venue comes in two very distinct halves. Downstairs is Paysan where the emphasis is on wine, coffee and cheese. Upstairs you'll ascend into the decidedly offbeat Cavern of the Curious Gnome. Here, a colourful large papier-mâché dwarf gazes down on a Belgium beer grotto. Red-and-white spotted toadstool seating immediately catches the eye but there's plenty more quirkiness to be found amongst the decor. On the beer front, besides the welcome four hand pumps serving changing local cask ales, Belgian beeroisseurs will be delighted by a diverse selection of lambics, gueuzes, Trappist ales and much more including, uniquely for the north-west, Duvel served on draught. (See the beer page on their website for the full run down.)


Brewhouse and Kitchen — 14:45 - 15:15

Love Street, Chester, CH1 1QY

The Forest House was built in c1759 as the town house of one Trafford Branston and is the central block of one of Chester's finest surviving Georgian buildings. Now part of the Brewhouse & Kitchen group who have a number of outlets countrywide. A brewery has been installed downstairs which will produce a range of house beers plus seasonal varieties. Many original features of the house have been retained. As well as a large bar at Mezzanine level with a cosy room off, there is a substantial long cellar with another bar splitting the two seating areas.


Mill Hotel — 15:15 - 16:00

Milton Street, Chester, CH1 3NF

This popular city centre hotel is a conversion from a corn mill originally built in 1830. A recent addition is a large conservatory on the street side of the building. 6 beers are regularly offered though there are handpumps for more at busier periods. Mill Premium, Castle Rock Harvest Pale and Weetwood Bitter are regulars. There is always 1 draught cider available. The popular Canalside restaurant is across the hotel lobby and in the bar itself meals are available whenever the bar is open. The main bar area has 3 large screen TVs showing sport at most times.


Cellar — 16:00 - 16:30

19 - 21 City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE

Welcoming and occasionally lively bar, furnished sparingly and with quirky non-matching pieces. Three TV screens show live sport at most times, though music nights are no more with this offering having transferred to their sister establishment The Cornerhouse nearby. 6 handpumps dispense cask beer from micros far and wide, with Marble Pint being the only regular. There are also 3 real ciders regularly available, plus up to 5 craft keg beers. Simple bar food is available Monday to Saturday. Below the main bar is the cellar which can be booked for private parties. Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year 2014 & 2015 (Cheshire area) Cider Pub of the Year 2017. Cask-AID every Monday sees £1 off the price of all real ales.


Old Harkers Arms — 16:30 - 17:15

1 Russel Street, Chester, CH3 5AL

Upmarket pub converted from the ground floor of former Victorian canalside warehouse. Timber flooring, traditional wooden furniture and cast iron pillars provide an insight to its former use. Blackboards list the real ales with tasting notes, usually nine are available with a selection of bitters, stouts, milds or porters. Many are from local breweries. Ciders and perrys listed separately and served from the cellar and was branch cider pub of the year 2018. Food served all day, booking advised for the busy weekend period. Outside seating with views of the canal.

Credit: Chester and South Clwyd CAMRA for the pub info.

Route map to follow

Sheffield

Saturday 20th April 2019

Depart Stockport train station10:54 
Arrive Sheffield train station11:35 
Bus / Tram to our first pub
Riverside Inn 12:00 - 13:00 Eating stop
Ship Inn 13:00 - 13:45  
Wellington 13:45 - 14:15  
We will then catch the tram to our next pub
Bath Hotel 14:30 - 15:15  
Red Deer 15:15 - 16:00  
Devonshire Cat 16:00 - 16:45  
Rutland Arms 16:45 - 17:30  
We will then head back to the station
Sheffield Tap
(on station platform)
17:30 - 18:15  
For trains back to Stockport see live departures right.
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We will try to stick to the above times but bus / tram timetables do change so please allow extra time if booking a train for the return journey.  —  Times will probably slip slightly to consume more beer!


Riverside Inn — 12:00 - 13:00

1 Mowbray Street, Kelham Island, Sheffield S3 8EN     NOTE: Food available here

Now owned by True North Brew Co., the Riverside Inn Kelham Island reopened in 2015 after a mini makeover. The interior is largely open plan with a separate room to the right of the main entrance. A mix of comfortable armchairs and sofas together with more spartan canteen style chairs populate the lounge areas. A large terrace overlooks the River Don.

Seven beers are available, True North beers are the regulars with beers from local brewers Abbeydale and Blue Bee seen as well as other local breweries.


Ship Inn — 13:00 - 13:45

312 Shalesmoor, Shalesmoor, Sheffield S3 8UL

Originally built by Tomlinsons Brewery of Sheffield, the Ship Inn opened its doors around1830. The pub still has its distinctive brown tiled exterior. A major refurbishment of the pub occurred in 2015 with many of the interior features retained and some restored after being hidden for many years. The Ship Inn is now a light, bright space crammed with the history of a traditional pub and the comforts of a modern venue.

There are four rotating real ales here and two regulars, those being Timothy Taylors Landlord and Black Sheep Bitter


Wellington — 13:45 - 14:15

1 Henry Street, Kelham Island, Sheffield S3 7EQ

Built around 1840 for A.H.Smiths Don Brewery, it eventually became part of the Whitbread stable of pubs, but was then sold free of tie in 1992. Move on over twenty years, it was refurbished and reopened late 2016, now the Neepsend Brewery Taphouse, the Wellington dispenses 3 - 4 of their beers alongside 3 - 4 guest beers from smaller breweries, a changing real cider is also available.

Voted Sheffield CAMRA pub of the month July 2018.


Bath Hotel — 14:30 - 15:15

66-68 Victoria Street, City Centre, Sheffield S3 7QL

This Grade II listed pub dates back to 1867, at one time it appears to have doubled as a grocers and a beer house. The first recorded use of the name 'Bath Hotel' was in 1908. Ind Coope bought it up around the time of the First World War and remodelled the interior in 1931, extending the pub part into what had been the grocers.

The building today has scarcely altered since 1931 apart from the loss of the off-sales (hence the disused doorway on Victoria Street). In the sharp angle of the streets there is a triangular shaped bar with seating and a hatch servery. The main counter serves a bar on the opposite side which appears to retain its original seating. The counter front is unusual in that it is faced with orangey-brown tiles.

Now owned by Thornbridge Brewery, Thornbridge Jaipur can be seen regularly alongside regularly rotating beers from the same brewery and aselection of guests.

The Bath Hotel won a conservation award and is acknowledgement by CAMRA as one of Britain's pubs with Nationally Important Historic Pub Interior.


Red Deer — 15:15 - 16:00

18 Pitt Street, City Centre, Sheffield S1 4DD

Originally dating from 1825, the pub comprised of three small rooms with a central bar. This was opened out in the 1980's and the bar repositioned to provide the present format with an L shaped lounge. There is a raised area to the rear of the pub which leads to the beer garden.

Eight real ales are usually available with beers from Blue Bee, Moorhouses and WelbeckAbbey alongside regularly changing guests. A hand pulled cider is usually available.


Devonshire Cat — 16:00 - 16:45

49 Wellington Street, City Centre, Sheffield S1 4HG

First opened in 2001, this pub was taken over by Abbeydale Brewery as their second Taphouse in 2014. A complete renovation in 2016 has seen a central horseshoe shaped bar with three distinct seating areas around it. Twelve handpumps are to be seen on the bar, half serving Abbeydales own range and half serving beer from both local and national breweries. A range of key keg beers is also available with over 100 bottled beers and cans also stocked.

Voted Sheffield CAMRA pub of the month September 2018.


Rutland Arms — 16:45 - 17:30

86 Brown Street, City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BS

A small traditional pub with a tiled exterior, it retains many of its features from the now defunct Gilmour Brewery including several etched glass windows. Internally there are two rooms with plenty of breweriana to be seen, including mirrors and advertising placards.

Following a recent upgrade, there are now seven handpumps to be seen. Blue Bee Reet Ale is a regular with six guest ales from both local and national breweries alongside the Blue Bee. There are also two real ciders available.

Voted Sheffield CAMRA pub of the month March 2018.


Sheffield Tap — 17:30 - 18:15

Platform 1b, Sheffield Midland Station, Sheaf Street, Sheffield S1 2BP

Opened in 2009 this was originally the first class refreshment room for Sheffield Midland Station, built in 1904. After years of neglect the main bar area has been subject of an award-winning restoration retaining many original features. Included on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Further seating has been provided in the entrance corridor and to the right of the bar.

Usually three beers are from the on-site Tapped Brewery, opened in 2013 in the impressive former dining room and which can be viewed behind the glass screen. Thornbridge Jaipur is a regular guest beer alongside four other guests. Foreign beer includes over 200 bottled beers.

Credit:     WhatPub;     Sheffield CAMRA;     Each pubs own website

 

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Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Saturday 9th February 2019

Sorry for somewhat tawdry appearance of this page but I inadvertently pressed delete then my computer crashed before I had a chance to recover (probably it was so embarrassed at my choice Anglo-Saxon phraseology!)

 

Where TimeComments
Depart Stockport Train Station 11:23 
Arrive Stoke-On-Trent Train Station 11:48 
Catch the 25 bus11:57 From opposite the Train Station towards Keele
Arrive at Newcastle-Under-Lyme bus station 12:20 
The Arnold Machin 12:25 - 13:30Wetherspoons - food will be taken here
Freebird13:30 - 14:00 
Bridge Street Ale House14:00 - 14:30 
Thirsty Giraffe14:30 - 15:00 
Old Bulls Head Inn15:00 - 15:30 
Lymestone Vaults15:30 - 16:00 
Wellers16:00 - 16:30 
Catch the 25 bus16:57 or 17:12Arriving at Stoke-On-Trent railway station 17:17 or 17:32
bod17:32 - train homeThere are plenty of trains back to Stockport
 


The Arnold Machin ( Wetherspoons )

Overlooking Queens Gardens this Wetherspoons is located in a former post office. It bears the name of the Staffordshire born sculptor and designer Arnold Machin whose portrait of the queen has appeared on over 320 billion stamps since 1967. He also designed the image of the queens head on the first decimal coins.

Consisting of a large modern, airy interior with the usual mix of both high and low tables and seating, the bar serves six cask ales, three Wetherspoons regulars and three rotating guests.


Freebird

Named after a Lynyrd Skynrd song. Consisting of two rooms, the back room is a popular live music venue, the front room houses the bar with 8 -12 beers being served from local and national breweries.


Bridge Street Ale House

The Potteries first micro pub, converted from an old antique shop. The front room houses the bar and cellar, the back room has extra seating. Four hand pumps dispense an ever changing array of ales. Four real ciders are also stocked. Multi award winning pub, recently voted cider pub of the year 2018. GBG entry 2019.


Thirsty Giraffe

Opened on 15 December 2017, this smart, comfortable single roomed pub has the bar located on the left hand wall on entry. Plenty of varied seating is available to those wanting to try the four ever changing ales from local micro breweries little seen in the area, three key keg craft beers and two real ciders are also available. Pub of the month December 2018.


Old Bulls Head Inn

Owned by Joule’s Brewery, this charming recently refurbished old fashioned pub is the oldest in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The main bar is to the left of the entrance, to the right is a cosy snug. Four Joule’s beers adorn the bar.


Lymestone Vaults

The brewery tap for Lymestone Brewery. An L shaped one room pub with a mixture of chairs and sofas. Nine ales are to be found on the bar, five from Lymestone and four rotating guests. At least eight real ciders are also available. GBG entry 2019.


Wellers

Formerly a gift shop, this single roomed pub is the first taphouse for the local Weal Ales Brewery. Smart, modern and comfortable, it is named after musician Paul Weller. Two regular ales including Weller Weal and four changing guests are to be seen on the bar. GBG entry 2019.


bod

Located in the old first class lounge at Stoke-On-Trent rail station, this is the second café bar owned and run by Titanic Brewery. Smart and comfortable this bar has two regular titanic ales and four rotating ales.

 

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Wakefield Saturday 1st December 2018

It is possible to travel to Wakefield both via Sheffield and via Huddersfield. The majority of connections given on www.nationalrail.co.uk are via Sheffield, but Huddersfield may be more convenient for some. Our intended route is via Sheffield but information on the Huddersfield route is added for completeness.

Because of the potential of a Northern Rail train strike the Huddersfield route may be impractical as it relies on this service provider. The route via Sheffield is TransPennine Express and CrossCountry.

 

Via SheffieldTimeVia HuddersfieldTime
Depart Stockport10:28Depart Stockport10:27
Arrive Sheffield11:08Depart Manchester Piccadilly10:47
Depart Sheffield11:21Depart Huddersfield11:38
Arrive Wakefield Westgate11:46Arrive Wakefield Kirkgate12:01

Fernandes Brewery Tap and Bier Keller

12:00 - 13:30

Where we present a Beer of the Festival award
Wakefield Labour Club13:30 - 14:15Also known as The Red Shed
Calder & Hops14:15 - 15:00(formerly Gate) Food available
The Black Rock15:00 - 15:45(formerly Redan & Malakoff, New Inn)
The Hop15:45 - 16:30
Harry's Bar16:30 - 17:15

Return via Sheffield

Time

Return via Huddersfield

Time
Depart Wakefield Westgate17:27
17:35
17:48
18:23
Depart Westgate
Depart Kirkgate
Depart Westgate
Depart Kirkgate
17:15
17:47
17:48
18:17
Sheffield TapBetween trainsKing's HeadBetween trains
Arrive Stockport19:25
19:27
19:39
19:52
Arrive Stockport19:12
19:27
19:39
20:12


Fernandes Brewery Tap and Bier Keller — 12:00 - 13:30

5 AvisonYard, Kirkgate, Wakefield WF1 1UA

Owned by Ossett Brewery the beer range includes Fernandes (usually a choice of four brewed on-site),Ossett and Rat with three Guest Beers. The pub has eleven handpulls including two dedicated to mild/stout/porter plus a draught cider.

The Bier Keller opens Fri & Sat from six and has twelve premier foreign beers on draught plus Ossett Silver King and a cider on handpump.

The Fernandes name revives that of a 19th Century brewery on Doncaster Road which was owned by Portuguese Luis B Fernandes.

The building housing the Tap is a former maltstore for Beverley's Brewery.


Wakefield Labour Club a.k.a. The Red Shed — 14:15 - 15:00

18 Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX

The Red Shed is an extensively refurbished old army hut that has survived the redevelopment of the area. It was officially reopened on September 24th 1966 by the local MP ( It had unofficially been open since May ).

Home to many trade union, community and charity groups, quiz night is Wednesday and live music plays many Saturdays (see club website). Left wing comedians, actors and orators are proud to appear here. Speakers at meetings here have included Ken Livingstone, John Prescott, Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Skinner and Tony Benn.

An extensive collection of trade union plates and badges is displayed over the bar together with numerous CAMRA awards adorning the walls. Five handpumps are to be seen on the bar the bar, with Ossett, Thwaites, Moorhouses and Acorn alongside many unusual micros.


Calder & Hops — 13:30 - 14:15

60 Northgate, Wakefield WF1 3AP

Large town centre pub, good value quick food oriented in daytime, from breakfast onwards and an 18-40s venue in evenings. Has lots of booth seating, mock bookcases and dark wood decor. This gives the pub the feel of an old English living room. Variety of beers from the Marston stable and Wychwood Hobgoblin


The Black Rock — 15:00 - 15:45

19 Cross Square, Wakefield WF1 1PQ

A famous largely unspoilt old Melbourne house opened in 1842. There is a blue plaque for Archbishop John Potter who grew up here when it was a draper's shop.

An arched, tiled façade leads into this compact city centre local, where there is a warm welcome and comfy interior with many photographs of old Wakefield adding to the proper pub feel.

The Rock has been a bastion of comfort for the ale drinkers of Wakefield and now offers three guest beers alongside. Drinkers are encouraged to suggest beers they would like to try. Branch Pub of the Year 2016.


The Hop — 15:45 - 16:30

19 Bank Street, Wakefield WF1 1EH

This converted Victorian building has been transformed into a joint venture between Ossett Brewery and Mike Heaton, drummer with chart-topping band Embrace, with bars on the ground floor and music studios above - real ales plus live music, comedy and dance.

It retains the bare brick walls, fireplaces and other original features. Beers available include 5 regular beers from Ossett, Big Red Bitter, Excelsior, Silver King and Yorkshire Blond as well as Rat White Rat. There also 4 guest beers to be seen.

There is acoustic music on Mondays and a range of live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Tuesday is quiz night and the first Monday of each month features a live comedy store.


Harry's Bar — 16:30 - 17:15

107B Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EL

This small one-roomed pub set in an alleyway just off Westgate. A real fire and a bare brick and wood interior plus vintage sporting pictures enhance this small, cosy pub. There is also a fantastic view of Wakefield's famous 99 arch viaduct, if only steam trains were a regular feature.

Up to eight beers can be seen on the bar with Five Towns, North Riding and Kelham Island beers as regulars. There is also a selection of bottled Belgian beers to add to the temptation. Hours permitted by pub's licence are greater. Wakefield CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 and 2017.


We will be getting the return train from the other station in Wakefield, Westgate [train times will be decided on the day.]
Those returning via Huddersfield beware - Departures alternate beween Westgate and Kirkgate.

A beer stop between trains can be incorporated into either route: at Sheffield Rail Station the Sheffield Tap is on platform 1b; via Huddersfield offers more options, Dewsbury is a possibility on some connections, Huddersfield [TWO pubs on the station] and Stalybridge are all options.


Return via Sheffield

Sheffield Tap

On Platform 1b

Opened in 2009 this was originally the first class refreshment room for Sheffield Midland Station, built in 1904. After years of neglect the main bar area has been subject of an award-winning restoration retaining many original features. Included on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Further seating has been provided in the entrance corridor and to the right of the bar.

Usually three beers are from the on-site Tapped Brewery, opened in 2013 in the impressive former dining room and which can be viewed behind the glass screen. Thornbridge Jaipur is a regular guest beer alongside four other guests. Foreign beer includes over 200 bottled beers.

 

Return via Huddersfield

King's Head

On Platform 1

After a refurbishment costing £200.000, the pub has a much more open and airy feel to it after the removal of the low ceilings and carpets, recreating the decorative plaster work and fitting a new bar. Won the Huddersfield CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2014 and 2017.

Ten hand pumps can be seen on the bar. The four regular beers are Bradfield Farmers Blonde, Magic Rock Ringmaster, Timothy Taylor Landlord and timothy Taylor Golden Best. Six rotating guest beers are also to be seen with at least one dark beer and a real cider on hand pull available.

The current beer list is available on their Facebook page and is updated weekly. Gets very busy on Saturdays due to the rail n' ale.

 

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Huddersfield Saturday 3rd November 2018

LocationTime
(pub's approx)
Notes
LocationTime
(pub's approx)
Notes
Train cancelled due to Northern Rail strike
Depart Stockport
09:45Parliamentary train to Stalybridge, arrive 10:06
Replacement to above
Stockport at 09:40, 09:46, 09:50, 09:53, 09:55
09:53, 09:56, 09:59, 10:02, 10:04Manchester Piccadilly
Depart Manchester Piccadilly10:17Same train to Huddersfield as from Stalybridge
Depart Stalybridge10:30Train to Huddersfield, arrive 10:52
Lord Wilson11:05 - 12:00Weatherspoon's for food, depart ~ 12noon
Star Inn12:15 - 13:00
Rat & Ratchet13:00 - 14:00Home of Rat Brewery
Grove14:00 - 14:45
The Corner14:45 - 15:30Mallinsons Brewery Tap house
Magic Rock Brewery Tap15:45 - 16:30
The Sportsman16:30 - 17:15
King's Head17:15 - 18:00
Felix18:00Senior Pest Controller
Return trains to Stockport via Manchester Piccadilly18:01
18:29
19:01
Times may vary due to timetabling difficulty


The Parliamentary Train — 09:45 - 10:06

Why is this service called "The Parliamentary" train? Do lots of MPs use it? Is it a secret link to Whitehall? No, it is one which is run to avoid the rigmarole of undertaking a public enquiry. Until 20 May 2018 this train travelled in one direction only, you couldn't make a return trip. Now there is a return journey, you will be using it, should you want to traverse the whole route you have to start at Stalybridge at 08:46


Lord Wilson — 11:05 - 12:00

A Wetherspoon house where we will be stopping off for food as none of the other outlets visited advertise food. Chip shops, take aways and other sourses of food will be passed, but not guarenteed, if this is too near breakfast for you.


Star Inn — 12:15 - 13:00

A multi award winning pub which is celebrating 15 years in the Good Beer Guide this year. A very traditional looking pub located just outside the centre of the town. Multi-roomed, this pub has no jukebox, pool table or games machines, just good conversation around the bar. Eleven hand pumps adorn the bar with Pictish Gold and Timothy Taylors Landlord as regulars. Nine guests can usually be seen from both local and national breweries.


Rat & Ratchet — 13:00 - 14:00

A large pub located up the road from the Star Inn and the home of the Rat Brewery. A comprehensive yet sympathetic overhaul of the pub has recently taken place which has managed to maintain its unique character. Packed full of eye catching art and imaginative decoration, the Rat & Ratchet showcases not only its own on site brewed beers but those from other Yorkshire Breweries.

Twelve beers are usually seen on the bar, with three from the onsite Rat Brewery and two from Ossett Brewery. The seven guest beers usually include a porter or a stout.


The Grove — 14:00 - 14:45

A two roomed pub located not far from the ring road, The Grove has an interesting collection of artworks in both rooms, some people would call them a little bizarre but you can make your own mind up when you get there. Huddersfield CAMRA Pub Of The Year in 2015.

There are nineteen cask ales available, four regulars Marble Pint, Oakham Citra, Saltaire Blonde and Thornbridge Jaipur. Five rotating permanent guests from Kirkstall, Hawkshead, Mallinsons, Northern Monk and Marble and ten rotating guests from both local and national breweries.


The Corner (Mallinsons Brewery Tap house) — 14:45 - 15:30

This first floor light, airy modern bar is gaining a reputation for good beers and real ciders after winning both Pub Of The Year and Cider Pub Of The Year from the Huddersfield branch of CAMRA.

Seven beers are to be found on the bar, two from Mallinsons and five rotating guests from both local and national breweries. At least five real ciders are available.


Magic Rock Tap — 15:30 - 16:15

Located in Willow Park Business Centre (Birkby in the Good Beer Guide) where they moved in 2015, the tap is housed in a 1700 sq. ft. open plan area to the far end of the brewery. The brewery is visible through windows from the bar area. There is a small area at the end of the bar selling beers to take away and brewery memorabilia.

Up to five cask ales are to be found showcasing the Magic Rock Brewery.

Food is usually available in the form of food trucks which are located in the yard on your way into the tap.


Sportsman — 16:15 - 17:00

The Sportsman takes the classic boozer and brings it bang up to date. With its beautiful Art Deco interior this 1930s pub has been restored to its former glory. The central bar has a parquet floor and an interesting wooden entrance. It won the 2010 english Heritage Pub Design Award and was also voted Huddersfield CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016. It was also Yorkshire Pub Of The Year runner up in 2016.

Eight beers are available, two permanent, one from Mallinsons (varies) and Timothy Taylor Boltmaker. Six regularly rotating guest beers can be seen from both local and national breweries with a porter/stout always available.


King's Head — 17:00 - 17:45


One of two pubs located at either end of the towns train station.

After a refurbishment costing £200.000, the pub has a much more open and airy feel to it after the removal of the low ceilings and carpets, recreating the decorative plaster work and fitting a new bar. Won the Huddersfield CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2014 and 2017.

Ten hand pumps can be seen on the bar. The four regular beers are Bradfield Farmers Blonde, Magic Rock Ringmaster, Timothy Taylor Landlord and timothy Taylor Golden Best. Six rotating guest beers are also to be seen with at least one dark beer and a real cider on hand pull available.

The current beer list is available on their Facebook page and is updated weekly. Gets very busy on Saturdays due to the rail n' ale.


Felix the Station cat! — 17:45 - ????

Huddersfield station is not only known for its TWO pubs actually on the station platforms, but also for its Senior Pest Controller, Felix the cat. Transpennine Express, who run the station, have officially recognised their faithful station moggie, and have even installed her own access point in the passenger barrier (better known as a cat flap to you and me). Sign up to her Facebook page, watch her stroll aloofly around the station or listen to Transpennine Express extolling the virtue of their Senior Pest Controller.


Extra at Stalybridge on return trip?

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Return trains to Manchester Piccadilly are very frequent; we will decide on the day which train we will take.

If you wish to see an audio visual appraisal of the outing view this YouTube clip.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGYXySokHnw&t=83s

 

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384 Bus Stagger
Special for Stockport Beer Week

Times have been re-arranged slightly from what is on some publicity materials - now slightly later.

Stockport Bus Station for 12:30pm 384 bus

RomileyPlatform One12:55
 Jakes Ale House (micro pub) 
Marple BridgeNorthumberland Arms (community owned pub)14:15
 Spring Gardens 
 Norfolk Arms 
MarpleSamuel Oldknow (micropub)16:55
 Beer Traders (micro pub) 
OffertonFingerpost18:50


Platform One

Formerly part of the Robinsons estate as The Railway, the pub was fully refurbished and renamed Platform One, it reopened in 2012 as a freehouse. Mainly open plan, the bar is located along the left hand wall. The main bar area has a modern feel to it, with comfortable seating, high chairs and tables closest to the bar and a booth against the back wall. An additional smaller room is located towards the back on the way out to the beer garden. A recent refurbishment has dropped the number of handpumps to four, but a fifth is planned.

Beers noted recently include :
Storm Dexter and Bosley Cloud from Storm Brewing
Stateless from Redwillow
Rampart from Conwy Brewery.


Jakes Ale House

Based in what was once an old shoe and clothes shop, this is a new micro pub serving real ales and ciders but also craft beers, bottles, prosecco, wine and spirits. The double fronted shop gives the bar area a light and airy feel. Good use has been made of the space with the bar against part of the back wall and a useful mix of tables, chairs and fixed seating to create a homely and welcoming environment. There is additional seating available in the back room (Jake's Snug) which opened in June 2017. The bar provides 5 hand pumped cask ales, with 20p off a pint for CAMRA Members. 8 - 12 "bag in a box" ciders available behind the bar.

Beers noted recently include :
Aussie Blonde from Elephant School Brewing Co.
Gunner Blonde Ale from Campbells Brewery
Hop Kitty from Animal XT Brewing Co.
Ian & Pauls Ale (IPA) from Nethergate Brewery
Cherry Raven from Magpie Brewery


Nothumberland Arms

Another former Robinsons pub which closed its doors in January 2017. Affectionately known as 'The Thumb' by its regulars, a group of whom got together to raise the funds to buy the building, it reopened eleven months later in December 2017 after essential refurbishments as a community owned and run pub. A multi room pub which has six handpumps located on the bar towards the back of the pub.

A beer garden is located to the side. The pub also hosts 'Thumb Food Fridays' once a month

Beers noted recently include:
Sonoma from Track
Hoppy Daze from Poynton
Unicorn from Robinsons
Pedigree from Marstons


Spring Gardens

Following a period of closure the pub reopened on 16th March 2016 following its acquisition by the owners of The Hope in Stockport (the site of the Fool Hardy Ales microbrewery). Smart, light and airy, this is a large pub with interconnected, but defined, spaces running off a large bar area. Wooden flooring throughout. A room towards the rear has table football and a pinball machine. The bar counter features what may be called "industrial chic" fittings dispensing a wide range of keg and craft keg beers in addition to the eight handpulls.

Food is available here. There is a large decking area to the back of the pub.

Beers noted recently include :
Risky Blond, Rankenstein, Ryux and Rash from Foolhardy Ales
Fat Cat from Salopian Brewery
3.9 from Outstanding
IPA from Outstanding
Peeky Pint from Hereford Brewery


Norfolk Arms

This recently refurbished stone built pub sits in an attractive urban setting. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with good value food available. Comfortably furnished with a real fire it draws its custom from a wide range by catering to all tastes. The beer range is a good addition to the choice in the area. Five handpumps are located on the bar.

A large beer garden is located to the side.

Beers noted recently include :
Goalski and Hop Gun from 3DBeer
Pollards and Strawberry Lucaria from Thornbridge
Session from Seven Brothers

Happy hour is 4 - 7pm with a selected beer at £2.50


Samuel Oldknow

Named after the local businessman and mill owner who was responsible for much of the development of Marple and Mellor some 200 years ago. Opened in time for Easter 2016, this is a somewhat quirky two level bar in a converted shop. Six vintage style handpulls dispense regularly changing real ales. The pub also serves a large range of real ciders and perries in addition to several beers served through fonts. A range of bottled beers are available to take away or to drink on the premises. Nuts and crisps keep the hunger pangs at bay but pies may feature later.

Beers noted recently include :
Pembroke Rye from Poynton
Tropical Fruit Blast Gold from Wildside Beers
Elsyium from Mobberley Brewhouse
Best Bitter from Pennine Brewing Co.
Oldknow Cotton Spinner Ale from Rock Mill Brewery
1924 from Mobberley Brewhouse


Beer Traders

An interesting innovation for the area in that the premises combines a bottle shop with a micropub in a converted shop premises. Three handpulls serve changing beers normally from local micros. Aim is to have one traditional bitter, one darker beer and something hoppy. Two "bag in a box" ciders are also available. There is a range of over 100 of the best bottled and canned craft beers from around the UK and beyond. On the shelves you'll also find at least two traditional still ciders.

Beers noted recently :
Thornbridge Brother Rabbit
Pomona Island Session IPA


Fingerpost

Large corner Robinsons pub located at a prominent crossroads. Built prior to the Great War it has unusually retained six separate drinking areas, three of which have real fires. On entering, the bar is to the left. The body of it runs into a large vault which features photographs of old-time Stockport, and brewing methods throughout. The Robinsons regular beer range is always available, complemented by a Robinsons seasonal offering. A good range of quality pub food is available, as well as sandwiches, baked potatoes, and other snacks. Darts and pool are played. Live music events twice a month. Two function rooms are available: one upstairs (80 people), and one downstairs (100 people). Dogs welcome when food not being served.

Beers noted recently :
Trooper, Unicorn and Wizard from Robinsons
A beer from the Robinson seasonal range is usually available.

 

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Leeds 4th August 2018

LocationTime (pub's approx)Notes
Depart Stockport10:40Train to Manchester Piccadilly
Arrive Piccadilly10:52 
Depart Piccadilly11:05Train to Middlesbrough Timetable
Depart Oxford Road11:08Same train to Middlesbrough
Depart Victoria11:17Same train to Middlesbrough
Arrive Leeds12:08 
Victoria Family & Commercial12:30 - 13:30Food available
Foleys Tap House13:30 - 14:00 
Ship Hotel14:00 - 14:30 
Whitelocks Ale House14:30 - 15:15 
Duck & Drake15:15 - 16:00 
Tapped16:00 - 16:30 
Scarbrough Hotel16:30 - 17:00 
Hop17:00 - 17:30 
Return trains to Stockport via Manchester Piccadilly17:49, 17:52, 18:06, 18:18, 18:50
Times may vary due to timetabling difficulty


The Victoria Family & Commercial Hotel — 12:30 - 13:30

Built by the Victoria Hotel Company in 1865 as a twenty eight room hotel to accommodate visitors to the Assizes Court in Leeds Town Hall, the grade ll listed building has an impressive Victorian exterior and ornate interior with high ceilings. There is a long main bar area and two separate rooms all of which feature an array of polished wood and shiny brass. The guest beers are selection of local ales and quality beers from around the country.


Foleys Tap House — 13:30 - 14:00

The building is an impressive edifice built of Portland stone and previously owned by the Pearl Assurance Company. The company was founded by Patrick James Foley hence the name of the pub and his statue is at the top of the building. The interior is on several levels with a variety of seating. This busy city centre pub is now owned by the York Brewery and showcases four of their own beers along with up to eight guest beers. Also sells real ciders and perries.
Leeds CAMRA Pub of the year 2017.


Ship Hotel — 14:00 - 14:30

Long narrow pub with a single room on two levels with the bar next to the main door. Decorated with nautical memorabilia in keeping with its name and has brass fittings, period lighting and an impressive wall clock. Expect to see up to six beers on the bar.


Whitelock's Ale House — 14:30 - 15:15

Whitelock's dates from 1715 and occupies a long narrow yard. The interior is unchanged from 1895 and has been identified by CAMRA as having a nationally important historic pub interior. The pub is a feast of mirrors, woodwork, stained glass and a fine faience bar. A varied beer selection is offered from local and national breweries. Beers noted recently from Roosters, Brass Castle, Acorn, Ilkley and Thornbridge.


Duck & Drake — 15:15 - 16:00

A fine example of a two-roomed Victorian corner pub retaining some original features. Wood-floored throughout and some of the floorboards have survived two hundred years of trade. The central bar with fifteen handpumps sits in between and serves both rooms. A mural can be found behind a small stage depicting many blues and rock legends and is decorated with various music memorabilia.


Tapped — 16:00 - 16:30

This modern bar consists of one room with the long bar to right of entrance and brewing equipment along the left hand wall. Tapped Brewing Company real ales are usually brewed at Tapped's sister pub on Sheffield station. Signs above the bar give details of the beers available. There are no handpumps but the lower set of thirteen taps on the back wall dispense the cask ales. Above these are fourteen keg taps. A wide range of bottled and canned beers are also available.


Scarbrough Hotel — 16:30 - 17:00

The pub stands on the site of a Medieval manor house that was lavishly built in 1768 as a most desirable residence. It became a pub in 1826 when Harry Scarbrough took the property renaming it The Kings Arms. It has been known as the Scarbrough Hotel since the late 1890s. This pub serves two regular beers, Nicholsons Pale and Tetleys. Up to seven guest beers are dispensed from both local and national breweries.


Hop — 17:00 - 17:30

Opened in 2010, this pub which lies beneath the arches of Leeds Station's platform 17, the Hop serves ten real ales from the Ossett family of brewers together with several guests and real cider. The bar is surrounded by comfortable seating with bare brick walls decorated with murals and pictures depicting rock bands. The stairs on either side of the bar lead to another seating area which hosts live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Additional pubs from the same are located in Wakefield, York and Saltaire.

 

Altrincham — Saturday 7th July 2018

LocationTime (approx)Notes
Depart Stockport11:52Northern train to Chester
Arrive Altrincham12:09 
Old Market Tavern12:15 - 13:15Food available
Pi13:15 - 13:45 
Jack in a Box13:45 - 14:15Blackjack Tap in Food Hall/Market
Con Club14:15 - 14:45 
Cheshire Tap14:45 - 15:15 
Costello's Bar15:15 - 15:45Dunham Massey Tap
Rustic15:45 - 16:15 
Return train to Stockport 17:00 
Next train to Stockport18:00 


The Route

Exit the train station, use the pedestrian crossing and carry on into the shopping centre, bear right through a passageway then left and up the hill. Our first pub is across the road on your right :-


Old Market Tavern — 12:15 - 13:15

Black and white former coaching inn. Formerly a bank, temporary town hall and coaching inn, this pub has been opened out into four distinct areas together with a beer garden and meeting room.

A plaque on the outside wall describes how George Massey manufactured gas for the first time in Altrincham in 1844 to illuminate the pub.

Eleven hand pumps are almost always in use. A white board opposite the bar lists what is available, with ABV & price. Locally produced beers from sourced from Stubborn Mule, Dunham Massey, Lymn and Mobberley have been noted recently alongside beers from Lancashire and Yorkshire.

We will have an hour here for food which is served 12:00 - 16:00 on a Saturday.

Passing the Orange Tree, cross the road and head down Market Street, take the left turn into Shaws Road before the Market Hall, on the left is :-


Pi — 13:15 - 13:45

This small pub is set over two floors, it has a 'secret garden' to the back and additional seating to the front as required. Beer is served in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 and pints.

Tatton Blonde is the regular here with Salopian Symphony and Pomona Island Lemondrop El Dorado noted on a recent visit.

Across from Pi is the Market Hall, located inside is: :-


Jack in the Box — 13:45 - 14:15

The first brewery tap from Blackjack brewery, opened in 2014 it shares the hall with various food outlets. The seating area within the hall is shared amongst all the outlets.

Four beers are served with Jack in the Box pale being the regular. Beers from Bad Seed, Intrepid and Bristol beer factory have been seen recently. Broadoak Perry was seen.

Exit the Market Hall and opposite is :-


Con Club — 14:15 - 14:45

The former Conservative Club has been converted into a light and spacious contemporary bar and restaurant. The restaurant section is on the left as you enter, with the bar straight ahead.

A microbrewery operating under the name of Federation started brewing in Spring 2017 and can be seen through a glass window to the right of the bar. Beers from Electric Bear, Wiper and True, Tiny Rebel and Turning Point were noted along with the house brewery Federation - A Wing and a prayer light pale ale.

Turning left out of the Con Club along Greenwood Street, turn Left onto Regent Road and right at the traffic lights. Located on the right approx. 50 yards is the :-


Cheshire Tap — 14:45 - 15:15

Formerly known as the Classroom, this pub was completely refurbished in December 2015, soft lighting, a bare brick feature wall, a stainless steel bar top and bare squirrel cage filament lamps above the bar creates a stylish laid back feel. Music is there, but not too loud.

Beers from Robinsons, Cross Bay, Weird Beard and Salopian have been seen recently.

Left out of the pub to the traffic lights, cross over the road and turn right before Toast, down the passageway and facing you is :-


Costello's Bar — 15:15 - 15:45

A modern bar in the "Goose Green" area which has now become a center for small bars and restaurants. It is the brewery tap for Dunham Massey brewery.

Situated in a modern retail unit it has smart clean decor with a mixture of low & high level free standing tables & chairs. There are sheltered outside tables for smokers.

Winner of Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub of The Year for 2012 & 2013 and runner up in Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year 2013. Seven beers from Dunham Massey Brewing Co. are on the bar.

Re-tracing our steps back to the main road, turn right onto Stamford New Road, a few hundred yards down on the right is :-


Rustic — 15:45 - 16:15

Opened in Dec 2015 as the Craftsman. Refitted and reopened as Rustic May 2017. The focus is on being a laidback, chilled out kind of place.

The ground floor area is long and thin with bench seating near the entrance and bar and tables further back. Upstairs there is extra space for 60 seated or it can be used as a meeting/event room.

Six handpumps are located on the bar with beers listed a blackboard on the wall behind the bar. Four of the beers are from local breweries and two from national micro breweries.

Turn right out of the bar, this takes us back to the train station