Welcome to the Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA Branch

We are a very active branch of some 1,550 pub, beer and cider lovers drawn from the south of Manchester and most of the old county borough of Stockport. For full details of boundary see the Area section of the About us tab by clicking here.

Our activities vary from social outings to beer festival, through regular monthly consumer surveying (better known as a Meanders or Stagger), to campaigning about endangered beer types. For more information click here.

Fancy yourself as an ace reporter? Why not help with our award winning monthly magazine Opening Times. With at least 16, and often 24 A4 pages of copy required articles are always welcome. More details here.


TWO DODGY SITES - beware of them

Here are two sites to be wary of.
They appear at first glance to be associated with Stockport and South Manchester, but have nothing to do with us.

First is www.ssmcamra.org.uk (see picture right) which maps to IP address and is located near Wichita in Kansas, USA (Google places it in the middle of a lake!)
You can find out about it here https://www.whois.com/whois/ssmcamra.org.uk

The second is a Twitter account with the name @sandsmcamra. This has been in existance since 2011, but without anything anything being posted since.

A Little Help Required

… a little being the operative word.

Stockport & South Manchester Branch now has some 1,600 members. Like most volunteer organisations, it is a small handful of people that do all the work, which at times gets a little tedious.

I can't believe that out of such a large membership there are not a few more bodies who couldn't spare the odd hour once or twice a year. How about a stroll around your local pubs and shops and putting up Beer Festival posters. What about an hour helping erect all that metalwork which forms the stillage for the beer at the Festival. No skill is required, it clips together in an {almost} fool-proof manner, it doesn't even require big muscles.

Do you know it takes around 160 full time people to run the Festival? That is only 10% of our branch membership but we are dependent on people from other branches to staff it!

Come on lads and lasses, get involved. That 'handful' of volunteers mean you are well looked after in this Branch. Don't take that 'handful' for granted — they will not be with us forever.

To miss quote Mr W Churchill;

"Never in Stockport Beer Festival,
      was so much owed,
            by so many,
                  to so few."

David Sharpe — one of the Few

Pub of the Month

With around 400 pubs to choose from in the Branch area, to be chosen for this award a pub has to have done something outstanding.

A number of contenders are considered, with a winner emerging after, a sometimes exhaustive, selection process. That is the hard part over, now to the presentation of the award. This takes place (usually) on the fourth Thursday of the month starting at 8pm.

The Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Month for July 2018 is the Midland Hotel, 19 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, Stockport SK4 1HJ Map and it will be presented from 8pm onwards on Thursday 26 July 2018.

For a fuller description of why this pub is Pub Of the Month read the full article.

Altrincham — Saturday 7th July 2018

Depart Stockport 11:52 to arrive in Altrincham 12:09
Return trains to Stockport at 17:00 and 18:00.

Times may change slightly due to late trains or a decision to stay slightly longer in a particular pub.

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

Credit to What Pub for additional information

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 

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