Stockport Beer Week

Thursday 24th September to Sunday 4th October 2020

Stockport Beer Week logo

11 days of beer

It IS happening this year! Run in conjunction with National Cask Ale Week.

It's a joint event between Stockport & South Manchester along with High Peak CAMRA Branches and covers the whole of Stockport Borough.

- IMPORTANT -

IN VIEW OF THE RECENT TIGHTENING OF RULES AFFECTING PUBS AND HOSPITALITY VENUES, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE NEW REQUIREMENTS. IN ADDITION, PLEASE RESPECT THE PROCEDURES PUBS HAVE PUT IN PLACE. THEY ARE THERE FOR YOUR SAFETY AS WELL AS THAT OF PUB STAFF AND OTHER CUSTOMERS.
IN PARTICULAR PLEASE NOTE THAT:

  • PUBS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO CLOSE AT 10PM
  • IT IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT THAT ONLY TABLE SERVICE IS PERMITTED
  • TRACK AND TRACE DETAILS MUST BE GIVEN
  • PLEASE OBSERVE THE "RULE OF SIX" ON MIXING
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES SHOULD BE RESPECTED
  • YOU MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN ENTERING, LEAVING AND MOVING AROUND
    THE PUB, eg going to the toilet. REMEMBER - NO MASK, NO CASK!

Please also remember Stockport is now covered by the Greater Manchester additional restrictions. This effects household interactions in additions to those imposed on pubs. Thanks for your full cooperation.
Full details here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/greater-manchester-local-restrictions


Whilst this is a very different pub experience to that of the past, we hope that you will still be able to support Stockport's pubs and breweries in these difficult times. They make a very important contribution to the local economy. Things will get better eventually and we want them to be around to enjoy in the future.

AND FINALLY, PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY WHILE FOLLOWING ALL THE RESTRICTIONS.

Normally at this time of year, CAMRA Stockport and South Manchester would be putting the final touches to a series of events in Stockport Town Centre to celebrate National Cask Ale Week. But due to the pandemic, running events such as tastings, social pub walks and cellar tours is not possible this year.

We have all been affected in some way this year by the changes we have had to make to our lives and the hospitality industry has been badly affected. This of course includes Stockport's pubs and bars which have been badly hit by the 4 month lockdown, being first to close and one of the last places to re-open. Almost overnight, our breweries saw most of their markets disappear.

Several pubs started to serve takeaway drinks helped by a relaxation in the licensing laws, whilst some local brewers changed their business model quickly to offer more bottle and cans for delivery to homes and shops, both locally and nationwide.

Eventually, on 4th July, the restriction on pubs was relaxed. The experience is now very different, with strict rules on social distancing which has reduced their capacity. In some places, staff are protected by perspex screens or wear masks and visors. Drinking at a table is now the rule, no propping up the bar and we need to sign in for Track and Trace.

Nevertheless, the great majority of pubs and bars in the Borough are now open and need your business. Some advise booking in advance, but many will accommodate walk-ins on a space available basis. The Council have been particularly helpful in allowing outside spaces to be used at a number of pubs to increase capacity. Up to date information on the status of every pub in the borough can be found by using CAMRA's What Pub website; anyone can use it, you don't have to be a member.

Check current status of pubs here https://whatpub.com/

However, if you don't feel ready yet to go into a pub, you can always get some good beers to drink at home. Some local pubs are doing takeaways of cask beer if you take a clean container or sometimes you can buy one there. Other bars are selling bottles and cans to takeaway, and some places will also deliver to your home, so please support them if you can. Further down this page you will find a list of places where we know you can get takeaways; there may be others too.

Also on this page we will be unveiling some information on the Heritage Pubs in the Borough as well as the current breweries. There will also be a few fun competitions with beery related prizes, so watch this space!
Check back here or on our social media for the latest information.

    www.facebook.com/SSMCAMRA

The hospitality industry is an important part of the economy of our town, so please continue to support it, not just for the period of the Beer Week, but also in the future. If we don't use our pubs, bars and breweries, we will lose them and all the economic and social benefits they provide.

* Please make sure you maintain social distancing; then we can all beat the virus sooner rather than later.
And finally, please drink responsibly.

Enjoy the Beer Week

E V E N T S


TORRSIDE MONSTER BEERS TAP TAKEOVER

Friday 25th September - Sunday 27th September
Petersgate Tap -19a St Petersgate, Stockport, SK1 1EB
One of the Petersgate Tap's most popular events - the opportunity to try a few of Torrside's barrel-aged beers. Pub open noon-11pm Friday and Saturday and 1pm-9pm Sunday.
Capacity limited and walk-ins may not be possible at some times. Bookings strongly advised. Phone 07925 078426 or https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/16990/petersgate-tap-stockport
 


VIRTUAL GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ

Friday 2nd October
Alan at the Petersgate Tap and his quizmaster, Richard have kindly arranged a virtual quiz using Zoom to benefit Supportability, our charity. They have missed out big style on the money from our Beer Festival amongst other events, so please join in if you can.Here's the details of the quiz.
The quiz will take place on Friday 2nd October, at 19:30 (that's seven thirty in old money).
Teams (max 4 members) will need Zoom on a tablet or computer. The quiz is self marking, so honesty is required. To enter you must donate a minimum £5 here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SBW2020
You will then be sent the zoom code on the night to enter the quiz room.There are not many events and precious few opportunities to raise charitable money so hopefully, we'll have a good turn out.
Winning Team gets a case (12 bottles) of Old Tom AND a case of Hydes Lowry. Runners up get a case of Hydes Lowry. There may be a few miscellaneous bottles and cans for other teams too...
If you can't join in, please consider making a donation anyway. Thank You.
 

Keep checking back on this page for updates

BEER NEWS

In normal times, Stockport's pubs have a dizzying range of cask beers.These come from microbreweries across the country as well as beers brewed by national breweries. From hoppy pale ales to darker porters and stouts, they are all yours to find. However, in the current situation, many pubs have reduced the number of cask beers - however there are still plenty of styles to choose from around the town.

Here's what we know about some new beers that will be available during the Beer Week. [But might have been consumed by the time you visit, so don't resort to banging your fist on the bar and demanding it. Treat these as WIGIGs — When Its Gone Its Gone.]

Fool Hardy Ales have released a new Plum Porter, Soul Rights (4.2%) for the Beer Week. This will only be available at the Hope Inn on Wellington Road North.

JW Lees will be releasing their new Seasonal Beer during the Beer Week.It's called California Dreaming and is their take on a steam beer. It will be available at the Elizabethan, Heaton Moor and the Victorian, Bramhall.

Made of Stone Brewery have re-brewed their pale ale, 'Made in Spockport', specially for the Beer Week. It will be exclusively available at the Mounting Stone Bramhall and Chiverton Tap, Cheadle Hulme.

In addition to the Made In Spockport, a 4.2% session ale, another Made of Stone beer will be making its debut on the bars at some stage during the Week. This is called "My Wheelie Bin Goes Out More Than I Do"; it's a 6.5% IPA and will be available in cans as well as in cask.

Also to be found at the Chiverton Tap during the Beer Week will be a cask Imperial Double Stout on the bar for the very first time. This is Triptych (9.2%), from Neptune Brewery in Liverpool.

If you are making a special visit to try any of these, please check with the pub first that the beer is on. Contact details are on What Pub and there will be more information on the pubs' social media.

Both the Angel in Stockport Market Place and the Samuel Oldknow in Marple will be featuring local beers from small breweries in Stockport and the surrounding area.
This will include beers from Stockport Brewing and Poynton Brewery.

Both the Wetherspoons pubs in Stockport, the Calvert's Court on St Petersgate and the Wilfred Wood in Hazel Grove will have more local beers available.


Promotions

The following breweries and pubs have kindly offered the following promotions on CASK BEER ONLY and strictly limited to the period of the Beer Week (24 September to 4 October inclusive).

ALMOND PUBS

Are offering 10% of all pints of CASK BEER in their Stockport pubs when mentioning "Stockport Beer Week".

Participating pubs are:

  • Jolly Sailor - Davenport
  • Puss in Boots - Offerton
  • Spread Eagle - Romiley
  • The Hesketh - Cheadle Hulme
  • Three Bears - Hazel Grove

 

GREENE KING

Their offer is 10% of all pints of CASK BEER in their Stockport pubs when mentioning "Stockport Beer Week"
They also offer a site specific "Cask Collector" Card at all their pubs. FOR THE DURATION OF THE BEER WEEK ONLY, they will honour these across all the venues involved. If guests purchase 5 pints during the Week, they receive their 6th free.

Participating pubs are

  • Carousel - Reddish
  • Gardeners Arms - Offerton
  • George & Dragon Hotel - Heaton Chapel
  • George & Dragon - Hazel Grove
  • Golden Hind - Offerton
  • Governors House - Cheadle Hulme
  • Ladybrook - Bramhall
  • Romiley Arms - Romiley
  • White Hart - Cheadle

 

JOSEPH HOLT

* * * Holt's are fully supportive of Stockport Beer Week and National Cask Ale Week. However, following the Government's recent announcement introducing further restrictions on hospitality outlets, it has been necessary for the brewery to withdraw its offer on discounts for cask ale in their pubs during the Beer Week.
We fully understand the reasons for this and ask that you still support their pubs whenever possible.

 

HYDES

Have offered 10% off all pints of CASK BEER for CAMRA members only on production of a current CAMRA card.

Participating pubs are

  • Cross Keys - Cheadle Hulme/Adswood
  • Crown - Cheadle
  • Horse and Farrier - Gatley
  • James Watt - Cheadle
  • Nursery - Heaton Norris
  • Prince of Wales - Gatley

* * * Note that the John Millington, Cheadle Hulme is NOT involved in this promotion.

 

JW Lees

For the period of the Beer Week, JW Lees are offering 10% off a pint of cask beer for CAMRA members only on production of a current membership card. Only valid at the Victorian, Bramhall and the Elizabethan, Heaton Chapel.

In addition, the Victorian is running Cask Mondays with 50p off a pint for all customers.

 

Robinsons

The Flying Coach in Hazel Grove is offering 20p off a pint of cask beer Monday to Thursday through the Beer Week.

The Armoury in Edgeley is offering 10% off pints of cask beer during the Beer Week.

The Bakers Vaults on Stockport Market Place is offering 20p off half pints and 40p off pints of cask beer during the Beer Week.

The Blossoms in heaviley is offering 10% off pints of cask beer during the Beer Week.

 

Moor Club     New addition

The Moor Club at 35 Heaton Moor Road are offering 10% off a pint of cask beer when mentioning Stockport Beer Week

 


Competitions

We will be running some competitions on social media during the Beer Week. Current plans are for a selfie competition involving pubs, a guess the mystery pub photo quiz and an opportunity to nominate your best beer garden in Stockport.

There will be beer and pub related prizes for these competitions and we are grateful to Almond Pubs, Greene King, Hydes, JD Wetherspoon and Robinsons for providing them.

Full details of the individual competition rules and prizes will be posted here before the Beer Week starts.

In addition,don't forget the virtual quiz outlined here under the Events heading.


MYSTERY PUB COMPETITION

A N S W E R S    R E V E A L E D  on the www.ssmcamra.co.uk/BeerWeekPhotos.htm page.

Sometime during every day of the Beer Week, two pictures of cask ale pubs (all in Stockport Borough) will be released on the mystery pub photo page. There will be 22 pictures in all, taken at unusual angles or with signs blanked out. Your task will be to identify all the pubs, it's as simple as that!

All the correct entries will be entered into a draw for beer related prizes. These will be

  • a night's stay at the Governor's House in Cheadle Hulme including breakfast,
  • a gallon of cask beer at a nominated Greene King pub in Stockport Borough. For a list of pubs see promotions here.
  • a meal for two at Calvert's Court in Stockport Town Centre.

Full details here on the www.ssmcamra.co.uk/BeerWeekPhotos.htm page.


NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE PUB BEER GARDEN

How to enter

The dark nights are just around the corner, so it's a last chance to soak up the rays in our pub gardens. Nominate your favourite Stockport cask ale pub beer garden by sending us a selfie from the garden.

Tell us which pub garden you are in and tell us, in no more than a dozen words, why it is your favourite. Don't forget to tell us where the pub is in Stockport as several have the same names! Send your entries to our Facebook or Twitter pages.
www.facebook.com/SSMCAMRA          

However if you haven't an account with either Facebook or Twitter and want to enter, you should send them to Membership@ssmcamra.co.uk
Don't forget to add your name and tell us which competition you are entering.

The pub with the most nominations will be presented with a certificate from the local CAMRA branch

All people who nominate a pub garden will be entered into a draw for prizes including a takeaway Chicken Meal at the Jolly Sailor in Davenport and a selection of bottles and cans of beer.


TAKE A SELFIE IN THE PUB

How to enter

We want you to support pubs in the borough; maybe visit some you haven't been to before? Take a picture of yourself with a beer in 10 different cask ale pubs in Stockport in 5 different areas (your choice, eg Hazel Grove, Cheadle, Town Centre). You will then be entered in a draw for beery prizes.

Only submit your pictures to our Facebook / Twitter social media once you have done all 10. There are pubs with the same name spread across the whole borough, so please let us know the pub name and don't forget to tell us which area the pub is in. There are no prizes for the fastest - the draw will be made after 4th October, so relax and enjoy.

The winner will receive a case of Ginger Tom beer from Robinsons and runner-up prizes include a meal for two at a Greene King pub in the borough also a selection of bottles and cans.

www.facebook.com/SSMCAMRA          

However if you haven't an account with either Facebook or Twitter and want to enter, you should send them to Membership@ssmcamra.co.uk
Don't forget to add your name and tell us which competition you are entering.


STOCKPORT'S REAL CIDER AND PERRY PUBS

In a normal year, the start of October would see the start of our Cider Circuit, where participants would make their way round local pubs selling real cider or perry, drink some, collect stickers and win prizes. Of course it has not been possible to organise this event in 2020. But that doesn't stop you enjoying a glass of the real stuff in any of Stockport's pubs that stock it.

Real cider is a traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasturised, unlike mass produced ciders which are usually served very cold, are pasteurised and fizzy because of extra carbon dioxide added during the manufacturing process. Real cider production starts from late August to early in the New Year, so what you drink today was made last autumn / winter.

There are a tremendous variety of flavours to be found depending on the type of apples used, the blending of several different types and where the fruit is grown in Britain. The resulting drink can range from fairly sweet to very very dry and they may be clear or naturally hazy or cloudy.

Perry is made in exactly the same way as cider, but perry is made from pears. Real perry is never known as Pear Cider!

Most ciders and perries have an alcoholic strength greater than most beers, so please check out the strength before you buy.
 

Pubs in Stockport Borough known to sell real cider and perry

Click the pub name to see its entry in WhatPub.com
Alexandra195 Northgate Road, Edgeley SK3 9NJ
Andrew ArmsGeorge St, Compstall SK6 5JD
Angel Inn20,Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EY
Bakers VaultsMarket Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
Beer Traders113, Stockport Road, Marple, SK6 6AF
Calverts Court13, St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB
Chiverton Tap8 Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5AU
Crown Inn154, Heaton Lane, Stockport SK4 1AR
Grove Alehouse145, London Road, Hazel Grove SK7 4HH
Heaton Hops7 School Lane, Heaton Chapel SK 4 5DE
Hope Inn118, Wellington Rd N, Heaton Norris SK 4 2LL
Horse & Farrier144 Gatley Road, Gatley SK8 4AB
Jake's Ale House27 Compstall Road, Romiley SK6 4BT
Mounting Stone8 Woodford Rd, Bramhall SK7 1JJ
Petersgate Tap19a, St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB (Current Greater Manchester Cider Pub of the Year)
Railway1, Avenue St, Portwood SK1 2BZ
Red Bull14 Middle Hillgate, Stockport SK1 3AY
Remedy Bar & Brewhouse10-11, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EW
Samuel Oldknow22. Market St, Marple SK6 7AD
Spinning Top20 Wellington Rd S, Stockport SK4 1AA
Spring Gardens89, Compstall Rd, Marple Bridge SK6 5HE
Swan with Two Necks36 Princes St, Stockport SK1 1RY
Windsor Castle1 Glossop Rd, Marple Bridge SK6 5EJ
Wobbly Stamp130 Stockport Road, Cheadle SK8 2DP
Ye Olde Vic1 Chatham St, Edgeley SK3 9ED

As you can see, there is a good coverage throughout the Borough. You can find out exact location and further details by using the CAMRA What Pub database here https://whatpub.com/ UK Pub Guide, Campaign for Real Ale

NOTICE: As venues recover following the coronavirus lockdown period they need your support more than ever.But please be aware that different arrangements apply across different parts of the UK. Special restrictions may apply, opening hours may be different to those displayed here, and some pubs may be yet to re-open at all.

There may be more pubs that we haven't caught up with yet or possibly some of these places don't stock it any more. Please let us know of any changes.

Learn more about cider at CAMRA's Learn and Discover area
The basics - for beginners https://camra.org.uk/learn-discover/the-basics/what-is-real-cider/
Learn More - for enthusiasts https://camra.org.uk/learn-discover/learn-more/learn-more-about-cider/


TAKEAWAY BEER / CIDER AND HOME DELIVERIES

If you don't feel confident to go and drink in a pub, there are a number of breweries and pubs that are doing takeaways from their premises. In addition, the Stockport area has a few specialist off licenses that sell a good variety of bottles and cans of craft beer. Some of these establishments are also doing home deliveries

Takeaways of Cask and Keg beer plus real cider

This is a list of all the places we know about that are currently providing takeaways of draught beer. During the lockdown many pubs were offering this service, but may not be doing so any more. Please advise us of any others you know of who are offering this service.

Some have containers you can purchase. Or take a clean pint / 2 pint / 4pint container with you and they will fill them up. Please check with the pub for full details.

Archive, Cheadle Hulme - offering takeaways of cask and keg beers
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/17155/archive-bar-bottle-cheadle-hulme

Chiverton Tap, Cheadle Hulme - offering takeaways of cask and keg beers
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/16963/chiverton-tap-cheadle-hulme

Petersgate Tap, Stockport Town Centre - offering takeaways of cask and keg beers and real cider
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/16990/petersgate-tap-stockport

Ye Olde Vic, Edgeley - offering takeaways of cask beers as well as a wide variety of real cider
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/4345/olde-vic-stockport

Breweries offering Takeaways

These Stockport Breweries are offering beer to take away from their premises.

Fool Hardy at the Hope Inn, Heaton Norris - takeaway mini casks of beer. Contact the pub to arrange
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/4267/hope-inn-stockport

Robinsons - their Visitor Centre shop is open Monday - Friday for purchase of bottles and other merchandise. Note that the bar is not open and brewery tours are not available at present.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/15059/robinsons-brewery-visitors-centre-stockport

Takeaway Craft Bottle Shops

These establishments have a large number of unusual bottled and canned craft beers available to takeaway

Archive, Cheadle Hulme
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/17155/archive-bar-bottle-cheadle-hulme

Beer Shop, Heaton Moor
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/13036/beer-shop-heaton-moor

Bottle Stop, Bramhall / Cheadle Hulme
https://www.facebook.com/thebottlestopbramhall

Petersgate Tap, Stockport Town Centre
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/16990/petersgate-tap-stockport

Wineboy, Stockport Market Hall (West Side)
https://www.facebook.com/wineboyuk/

Home Deliveries

Get your beer delivered straight to your door in a COVID secure manner by the following Stockport businesses. Deliveries are free in Stockport and a wider area. Check the details on the links below.

Chiverton Tap, Cheadle Hulme — NOTE: SERVICE STARTS 30TH SEPTEMBER
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/16963/chiverton-tap-cheadle-hulme

Petersgate Tap, Stockport Town Centre — See What Pub link below for details
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAS/16990/petersgate-tap-stockport

Thirst Class Ales, Reddish
Thirst Class Ales have an online shop and are making free deliveries in the local area. They offer their own beers in bag in box format as well as in bottles. In addition they have a large selection of bottles and cans from other local and not so local breweries. These include a large selection of bottles from Torrside Brewing in New Mills and some bottles of their Monster's series of barrel aged beers are available. https://thirstclassale.co.uk/collections/all-products

They also have a Thirsty Club reward scheme where you can earn Thirsty Points and turn them into discounts off future orders. https://thirstclassale.co.uk/?loyalty

Brew2You, online
You can also support other breweries doing deliveries and takeaways by finding one using CAMRA's Brew2You website.
https://brew2you.co.uk/


Stockport's Heritage Pubs

Heritage Pubs - Introduction

CAMRA was founded in 1971 to save Britain's traditional beer but it quickly became clear that the best places to drink that beer, our pubs, were also under threat. In due course CAMRA assigned equal importance to campaigning for real ale and for pubs.

One outcome of this has been a huge project to identify the most intact interiors surviving across the country's pubs. This massive task involved following up thousands of leads, developing criteria for inclusion, recording what was found and creating a list - the National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

The National Inventory was first published in 1997 and totalled 179 entries. Since then it has been continually refined and updated as new candidates were discovered and, sadly, some existing entries lost. The present total is around 275. In addition there are a number of pubs which, while not qualifying for the national listing, have enough historic interest to qualify for the second-tier Regional Inventories. Full details can be found on the Pub heritage website at pubheritage.camra.org.uk

Stockport has a surprisingly large number of pubs that qualify for both national and regional recognition - here we feature most of them.

 

The Alexandra

195 Northgate Road, Edgeley, SK3 9NJ

A former Bell's house, the Alexandra is a five-roomed largely intact pub dating from 1911. On the Chatham Street side is a disused door with 'Order Dept.' etched in the window that led to the former off-sales. This is still intact retaining its counter front with window panels up to the ceiling with a hatch for service, tiled floor, but is now used for storage and only accessible by a secret panel at the base of the bar back fitting.

Inside there is a wealth of green and cream glazed tiles with multi-coloured Art-Nouveau motifs in coloured glass and a floor of marble mosaic recently exposed, having been covered by carpet for many years. The tiling continues up the stairs and there is an impressive coloured glass window on the half landing.

The bar has a fine curved original mahogany front but the lower panels of the screened servery were removed at least 20 years ago. The bar back fitting was replaced in c.1980 and covers up the off sales hatch. A room leads off each corner of the hall and all have painted wooden door surround and doors with etched glass panels.

The bar parlour on the rear left has an etched 'Bar Parlour' panel in the door, two screens with coloured glass panels in the top, original fixed seating with bell pushes above, an original glazed red brick and wood surround fireplace and a number of etched and leaded glass windows.

A short corridor running parallel to the stairs now with its uncovered mosaic floor leads to the billiard room situated in a single storey wing on the right side of the pub. It has a vestibule entrance with a 'Billiards Room' panel in the inner door. Note the exposed roof timbers and painted glass skylight.

The cask beers are from current owners, Robinsons.

Click on a photo to see the full size original.

© Michael Slaughter LRPS
© Michael Slaughter LRPS

 

Arden Arms

23 Millgate, SK1 2LX

One of the great survivors amongst Britain's Heritage Pubs, the Arden Arms has a snug called 'the Select' which is believed to be one of only three surviving public rooms that can only be accessed by walking though the servery so you have to ask staff for permission to use the room. This tiny room has an etched 'Arden Arms' window, original fixed bench seating around it with bell pushes from the days of table service.

The Arden Arms is a three storey building of red brick built in about 1815 and owned by the Raffald family until they sold to Robinsons Brewery in 1889. The first landlord George Raffald was the nephew of Elizabeth Raffald, author of The Experienced Housekeeper and compiler of Manchester's first trade directory. Doors on Millgate and Corporation Street lead into a L-shaped drinking lobby with a black and white quarry tiled floor and featuring a floor to ceiling screened bar still retaining its rising sashes. All four on the lobby side are intact but are no longer raised and lowered.

On the right hand side of the pub is the Millgate Room, a two-part room converted from a former kitchen and the vault. The front part of this (which used to function as the vault) has a good 'Arden Arms' etched window, fixed bare bench seating around the room with loose cushions, a draught screen by the door and a fireplace with an old wood surround.

In the angle of the streets is the vaults with a figure '2' on the door, original fixed bench seating around most of the room, and two 'Arden Arms' etched windows. The screened bar here retains its two top sections but the lower panels are missing and the room has lost its fireplace. Look for the rare 'bell tables' - in most pubs you used to summon table service by pressing a bell push on the walls of a room but here some tables had a bell push located in the centre of it to attract the attention of the staff. Note the splendid grandfather clock and that the handpumps are, unusually, affixed to the bar back fitting of shelves rather than on the counter - there are very few remaining examples of this.

Click on a photo to see the full size original.

© Michael Slaughter LRPS

 

The Armoury

31 Shaw Heath, SK3 8BD

The Armoury dates from the 19th Century but was remodelled internally by Bell & Co in the 1920s and retains much of its original layout and fittings, as well as many signs of Bell's ownership, notably in the internal glasswork.

The off-sales has been incorporated into the lounge but does retain the old off sales hatch in situ. The lounge on the front right retains its door with a central glazed panel 'Lounge' and some bell symbols and plenty of warm panelling (which may be later than the 1920s refurbishment). The fixed seating and the bar counter are from the 1920s but the bar back fitting is modern. The copper fireplace appears to date from the 1960s.

On the left the vault was two small rooms - vault and bar - knocked into one in 2003. The front left room has a 'Vault' glazed panel in the front door, a dado of fielded panelling from the 1920s now painted cream. The fixed seating is also from the 1920s but the draught screen at the rear of the room looks modern and the room has lost its fireplace. Note the rare door glass wording of 'Hall' in the rear door, original fielded panelling on the open staircase and also 'Gents' and 'Ladies' in the toilet doors. At the rear left a doorway leads to a very small room with 1920s fixed seating all around and a modern fireplace. It had a sensitive refurbishment in the 2000s.

Click on a photo to see the full size original.

 

The Blossoms

2 Buxton Road, Heaviley, SK2 6NU

This Regional Inventory pub is a landmark building originally built in 1824. It was later given a traditional layout of a central lobby and three rooms leading off. Its unspoilt interior owes much to the long-serving licensee Mary Body who occupied the Blossoms from 1942 to 1967.

A passage leads to the lobby bar (the bar counter and fittings date from a 1990s refurbishment by current owners Robinspns). On the right is the vault with vintage fixed seating and stained glass windows. On the left is a small room with more stained glass windows and a couple of old settles. The smoke room (rear left) still has vintage seating (with traces of bell pushes), a hatch to the server and more stained glazing. Look out for framed posters advertising the beers of Bell & Co, a Stockport brewery taken over by Robinsons in 1949.

Click on a photo to see the full size original.

 

Crown - Heaton Lane

154 Heaton Lane, SK4 1AR

Although slightly opened-up, the Crown still retains five distinctive rooms. The vault in the centre has an old bar counter although the bar back is modern as is the pot shelf. It is opened-up off a passage on the left with a brown and white tiled floor and retains one original etched window.

The front left room has a narrow opening from the passageway, a bare wooden floor, old fixed bench seating all around the room, an early 20th century tiled, cast iron and wood surround fireplace and bell-pushes. Further along the passage is a narrow opening to the rear left room with more original fixed bench seating, an early 20th century tiled, cast iron and wood surround fireplace and bell-pushes in the wood panel above.

Behind the servery a narrowish gap leads to a slightly larger rear room with a bare wood floor, more old fixed bench seating, another period fireplace topped by a large 19th century mirror. There are more bell-pushes in the wood panel above the seating.

The pub sells a changing range of guest beers.

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Crown - Heaton Moor

98-100 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, SK4 4NZ

Another Regional Inventory listing and what counts here is the 1930s remodelling of an early 19th century pub by Clarke's Reddish Brewery which was taken over and closed by Boddingtons in 1962. Behind the symmetrical, fairly plain facade is a layout of four rooms with extensive remains from the inter-war period.

At the front right is a small snug, on the left the main bar, and behind each of these is a further room (that on the right is the vault). In these rooms are the original servery with a centrally placed stillion (a structure for bottles, glasses etc.).

The main bar on the front left has a door with leaded panels, 1930s bar counter, 1930s fixed seating, bell-pushes, a draught screen, 1930s brick fireplace and a skylight with colourful stained glass panels. The bar-back fitting is an island 'gantry' with mirrored panels and topped with an unusual large canopy featuring mirrors set an angle with star burst centrepieces.

The vault at the rear right, which can still be accessed by a door down the passage on the right of the pub, has an old counter, old fixed seating, a draught screen, old dado panelling but no fireplace.

The Gents still has the original tiled walls and urinals.

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The Griffin

552 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, SK4 3AJ

The Griffin was built in 1831 and bought by Joseph Holt's brewery in 1921. What you see today is a combination of a late nineteenth or early twentieth century refit (the right hand side) and an extension built by Holts in the 1980s - a decade earlier the brewery planned to knock the pub down and build a modern replacement.

On the right-hand side is the old multi-roomed layout including the pub's start turn, a lobby bar with a splendid carved mahogany screened servery which is complete apart from the removal of the lower sashes that raised and lowered.

Off the black and white tiled floor lobby are a small room to the front right with old fixed seating and a Victorian fireplace; a room on the left with lovely fixed seating and an early 20th-century brown-glazed brick and wood surround fireplace; a tiny narrow room on the right which looks like a conversion of a passage; another small room at the rear right with a marble fireplace and old fixed seating, but opened-up to the lobby; and an area behind the servery with more good fixed seating. Some of the windows have the original 'Griffin Hotel' etched glass. Outside, a large lamp over the main entrance is also a rare survivor.

Cask beers here include Holts Bitter and Mild; the latter was reintroduced to the pub by the current licensee and is selling well. Be sure to try it when you visit.

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The Hatters Arms

81 Church Lane, Marple, SK6 7AW

Situated at the end of a terrace of stone built houses of 1855, the Hatters has been a pub since 1920 when it was acquired by Robinsons. It was refitted in the 1930s and the three-room and lobby bar layout remains but was subject to a careful extension in 1999. This saw the rear left room almost doubled in size and the toilets brought inside. From the front door a panelled passage leads to the lobby bar on the right which retains its 1930s bar counter and bar-back fitting, but has a new tiled floor. On the front right a doorway with the figure '1' leads to a very small room with original fixed seating, a draught screen by the door, and a hatch, which was added in 1999.

On the front left a doorway with the figure '2' leads to a small room with 1930s fixed seating with bell pushes all around that until c.2008 were in working order and not too many years ago they were actually responded to! The rear right room was originally just half its present size with fixed seating but was extended back in 1999 by absorbing a private room. Note the leaded rear windows were the external ones prior to 1999. An extension to bring the toilets inside was added then.

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Nursery Inn

258 Green Lane, Heaton Norris, SK4 2NA

Green Lane is a very varied thoroughfare. Turn off Heaton Moor Road and you are on an unremarkable suburban street. Further on, the tarmac gives way to cobbles as it enters a conservation area before becoming a track. At the junction with Bowerfold Lane sits the Nursery.

This gem in deepest suburbia, a former CAMRA National Pub of the Year, is also a heritage classic. It was rebuilt by owners Hydes in 1939, replacing a much older pub, and is virtually unchanged since then, with an intact multi-room layout. As well as a large lounge (front left), there is a bar lobby area, smoke room and a vault with its own separate entrance. The separate, but disused, off-sales survived until 2015 when it was converted to a ladies' toilet for users of the vault. To the rear of the pub is an immaculate and well-used bowling green.

Warm oak woodwork, typical of the period, is used generously throughout and the windows in all three main rooms have stained glass features with a range of gardening motifs. Look above the bars and you'll see some rare "silk glass" panels with paintings of drink-related items - for example, glasses of beer, a tankard, a glass and bottle of wine, and all very much in the 1930s style. The pub sells a wide range of Hydes beers, while the kitchen is open every day.

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Queens Head

12 Little Underbank, SK1 1JT

Popularly known as Turner's Vaults, this very narrow pub on Little Underbank shows how many small urban pubs must have looked a hundred or so years ago. The interior was remodelled about 1930 and consists of three rooms, and appears to be little altered. The extreme narrowness of the interior led to some rearrangement of some of the internal woodwork in the early 1990s - this saw the removal of a corridor running from front to back - but the work was carried out with care by Sam Smiths and the pub keeps its authentic historic feel.

On the top of the bar counter is one of the pub's most famous features - two sets of spirit taps. Until 1935 they dispensed spirits stored in the rooms above the pub when it was a Wine Merchants business. These went missing while the pub was temporarily closed before its refurbishment but they were recovered by Sam Smiths and reinstated prior to the re-opening of the pub. A photo on the wall shows that a third set existed hidden behind the counter in the front now removed part. These are rare survivals in pubs - CAMRA is only aware of four other sets existing.

Beyond the public bar is the 'horse box' snug created by three partition walls, two with upper section of glazed panels, with U-shaped fixed bench seating attached around a tiny table and lit by a skylight. This snug is thought to have been the meeting place of the first trade unionists. It has enough room to seat just six people and boasts an original hat rail. At the rear a doorway leads to another small room with fixed benches down both sides, a cast iron fireplace at the end and the whole room is covered by a skylight with two sections of cornice work. Also, there is 'Compacto' what might be the smallest gents' in the world but no longer in use!

Sam Smith's Old Brewery Bitter is the sole cask beer.

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Swan With Two Necks

36 Princes Street, Stockport, SK1 1RY

Some sensitive alterations are in the pipeline at the Swan with Two Necks on Princes Street in central Stockport. Luckily none of what is planned will impact on its largely intact 1926 interior.

The pub was rebuilt just before it was bought by Robinsons and its survival places it among the small number of rare and intact inter-war pubs. The only significant alteration was the removal of the fixed seating in the front room by previous licensees. The rest is pretty much as it was built, with extensive use of wood panelling which is typical of pubs from this period.

To the left of the tiled and panelled entrance lobby is the vault, with plentiful panelling, although much of this was added in 2009 (and now covers over a fireplace). The other door leads into a classic drinking lobby, which is essentially an extension of the corridor and faces the bar counter. Beyond this is a superb smoke room, which, with its Tudor-style fireplace and oak panelling, has a particularly warm and comfortable atmosphere. Many reckon it's one of the nicest pub rooms in Stockport. There's a further room to the rear but that only came into public use fairly recently.

Many of the fixtures and fittings are original - check out the signs, door handles and even the light fittings. Behind the bar are some original roller shutters which could be brought down to safeguard the contents of the back-bar shelves. You'll also see a sign above the servery, an old notice saying "waiters" from the days when waiter service was a regular feature.

The pub sells four cask beers from the Robinsons range plus a traditional cider from Westons. The lunchtime food comes highly recommended.

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Stockport's Breweries

How many commercial breweries do you think there are currently producing beer in Stockport Borough? One, half a dozen, or more than that?

Well the answer as far as we know is 6, with a couple more where brewing is currently paused. And we have news of a new small brewery that hopes to start production before the end of 2020 plus details of one that closed in early 2020.

This is the current situation as we know it in mid September 2020.


CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION

Fool Hardy Ales

The brewhouse here is in the cellar of the Hope Inn on Wellington Rd N at the top of the "Stockport Slope of Beer". A small plant was installed in early 2013 and 18 months later, this was upgraded to a 4 brewers-barrel plant; the biggest that can fit in the confined space. Nevertheless, that's still 16 nine gallon casks per brew. A new yeast was introduced in early 2020 so all the beers are now brewed to new recipes and have new names. Martin the owner, designs all his quirky pump clips too and has some of the old ones available for collectors. Contact him via the website if you are interested.

There are always some of his beers on at the Hope and a new Plum Porter will be launched during the Beer Week. Takeaways are available too.   https://thehopestockport.co.uk/fool-hardy-ales/

Made of Stone

This small 1 barrel plant, (so around 288 pints per brew) is located at the back of the Mounting Stone micropub in Bramhall. It started operations in 2018 and brewing takes place about once a week. Over 50 different beers have now been produced for the delight of customers in the pub and it's sister establishment, The Chiverton Tap in Cheadle Hulme.

A few casks have escaped elsewhere from time to time - including to a beer festival in Marlow in Buckinghamshire!. For the Beer Week, Andrew has re-brewed his pale ale " Welcome to Spockport" (that's not a spelling mistake) with a very quirky pump clip which will be available at the Mounting Stone and Chiverton Tap. Check it is on before you make a special journey, contact details via What Pub.   https://www.themountingstone.co.uk/made-of-stone

Robinsons

If you only knew of one brewery in Stockport, it would be Robinsons. In my opinion, there's nothing better than walking through the town centre and enjoying the smell of brewing taking place. Established in the town in 1838, they have been here ever since and have many pubs in the area for you to visit. They also have a large plant in Bredbury where Robinsons beers and those from other breweries are packaged into barrels and bottles for distribution both countrywide and around the world.

Normally you could find out more about them by taking a brewery tour, but that isn't possible at present. However the brewery shop has a small museum which is still open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. and you can buy merchandise and bottles there too.   https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/about-us/our-heritage

Stockport Brewing Co

Named after the town, this small brewery was set up in Arch 14 under Stockport's iconic viaduct in 2014. It was almost opposite the Crown pub on Heaton Lane which acted as a brewery tap, although they eventually did have their own bar which was open occasionally.

A change in ownership in 2017 was followed by expansion and saw the brewery move out to an industrial unit in Bredbury. Their beers can often still be found in the Crown or at Ye Olde Vic on Edgeley. Their beers can be found throughout the country.   http://stockportbrewingcompany.com/about-us/

Thirst Class Ale

Their first brewery was opened in the town centre on Mottram St in late 2014. Their beers proved so popular that 12 months later, they had to move to bigger premises on an industrial estate in Reddish. They have brewed a couple of special beers for us over the years including the delicious and appropriately named IPA, Hopfordian. This beer is still brewed from time to time.

Since lockdown they have expanded their online shop which covers their own products as well as those of many other micro breweries including Torrside, based not far away in New Mills. Deliveries are free in the Stockport area.   https://thirstclassale.co.uk/

To the Moon

This very small brewery was set up in Bramhall in 2019 .Their beer has already won several awards, but it is currently confined to draught keg dispense; no cans, casks or bottles as yet.   https://www.tothemoonbrewery.com/post/the-beer-bang-how-it-all-started


BREWING CURRENTLY PAUSED

Remedy Bar & Brewhouse

Set up in 2016, this very small plant can be seen through a glass wall in their bar in the Market Place. Brewing has been sporadic since 2018, but it hoped to have it running again in the future.

Watts Brewing?

It's been 6 years since the first beers appeared from the very small plant round the back of the Magnet pub on Stockport's Slope of Beer. Family commitments have meant that brewing has taken place only very occasionally in the last few years, although it is hoped that brewing will take place again soon.


FUTURE BREWERIES

Ventile Brew Co

This new brewery aims to start production in Reddish towards the end of 2020 and looking at their website, their first couple of brews will be quite different from mainstream styles.   https://ventilebrew.co/

It is believed that a couple more commercial brewery projects are currently being planned in the Borough, but no further information is available at present.


BREWERIES CLOSED IN 2020

Cheadle Brewhouse

This small 4 barrel brewery was based behind Amber Tavern's George & Dragon pub in Cheadle High St. The plant was moved from Hogarth's bar in Bolton and commenced operations in Cheadle in 2018, brewing both for the pub and the rest of the Amber Taverns chain. Brewing ceased in February 2020

A Big Thank You to our Supporters

Stockport Beer Week is very grateful to the following organisations for generously providing prizes and offers during the Beer Week

ALMOND PUBS

GREENE KING

HYDES

JW LEES