Cheadle Hulme North

Friday 21 June 2019

We start tonight at the P5. That's a strange name you may say, but it is an abreviation of the previous name, Platform 5, so you may think it is on Cheadle Hulme station, but no. This is the latest re-branding of what people will remember was the Cheadle Hulme (and those with even longer memories will know it as the Junction Hotel). Owned by Holts for many a year, it would have been, until comparatively recently, described as one of their no-nonsense drinking houses. Around the millennium it had an major refurbishment and an extensive food business was grafted on. Beer drinking was not neglected, with the cask ale offering expanding to two or so guest beers, along with beers from the Holts owned Bootleg Brewery. In 2014 another re-vamp took pace, along with the introduction of the name Platform 5. An alternative name could have been Waiting Room, as screens around the pub announce the movements of trains, so there is no need to rush down your pint then stand for 15 minutes waiting that late running train.

It is but a short stroll of some 200 metres to our 8:30pm meeting point Kings Hall, Cheadle Hulme and an establishment without the longevity of the P5/Cheadle Hulme/Junction, being a recent conversion from other use. Originally built in 1937 (look up over the entrance and see the date incorporated into the façade) by local estate agent F W Allen as a village hall with a dance hall upstairs. Having had other functions it was converted in 1998 by JD Wetherspoon into the Kings Hall, only to suffer a fire in the summer of 2001. Everything was repaired to the usual Wetherspoon's corporate formulae; toilets upstairs and workaday meals with half a dozen real ales on the bar. In Oct 2016 Wetherspoons pulled out and sold the business to Stonegate PubCo, who continued in the same vein. About the only indication of the change was the re-naming to the Kings Tap. On warm sunny days the pavement outside to the front on either side of the central entrance is very popular, bringing an almost continental cafe feel to the frontage.

We are now faced with a lengthy walk to our next destination, so if a cunning consultation of real-time timetable data is made to ascertain when the next 313 bus in a Stockport direction is passing, some weary legs might be avoided. Leave the Kings Tap, turn right to the traffic lights at the major junction then right again along Ladybridge Road. An alternative is a footpath, accessed by returning towards the station and turning left just after Pimlott's butchers, and progressing alongside the railway. Either route join just before the bridge over the Ladybrook on Ladybridge Road. A short distance further along Ladybridge Road and Mill Lane is spotted on the left, this will lead you to our next destination.

At the end of the lane we will spy the March Hare which was built in the late 80s to look like a mill (complete with waterwheel!) when it was known as the Mill . I should imagine the road name goes back well before this. It has been altered from its former saw mill guise to be more of a modern country cottage, with cosy low (false!) ceilings. For the summer there is plenty of outdoor drinking so, weather permitting, get outside and watch nature pass you by on the adjacent Ladybrook. Although it is food orientated, you can drop in and drink, with the option to eat without having to book. Beer drinkers are not neglected with four real ales on, one regular and three guests. After our long walk a rest is deserved, but we will have to drag ourselves away and press onwards.

Back to the main road and turning left we very soon reach a set of traffic lights. The Greyhound used to stand proudly on this corner - until the building and land were sold on for housing. Stifle a tear and turning left onto Councillor Lane we very quickly reach our next port of call.

The Micker Brook is a modern build pub constructed by Mitchells & Butler and aimed at the family eating trade. It was revamped in Nov 2016 as a Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery which means it attracts a lot of families with young children. Service at the bar can thus vary from instant to lengthy depending upon the number of other customers. Should you be peckish and want something to carry with you takeaway food is also available. Despite all this mention of food real ale is still to be found on the bar.

Returning to the traffic light the Cross Keys is but a few yards further along Adswood Lane and obviously visible. Erected in the inter-war period when the area when the area was starting to change from farmland to housing. The front used to have several rooms, but over the years the intervening walls have been reduced to give a large area which still retains distinct areas. To the rear is a separate vault/games room where crib and darts teams compete on Tuesday nights. The south facing outdoor drinking area can become a veritable sun trap in good weather. The landlord, along with Hydes, are trying to make the Cross Keys it a social club at the heart of the whole community.

 

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Cheadle Hulme

Timing

Pub Name

Address

Bus, Rail

Notes

7.30pm
Start point:

P5
47 Station Road
SK8 7AA
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Cheadle Hulme
 

8.30pm
Mid point:

Kings Tap
11-13 Station Road
SK8 5AF
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Cheadle Hulme
 

Followed by:

March Hare
Mill Lane
SK8 5PG
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Cheadle Hulme
 
Micker Brook
Councillor Lane
SK8 5NU
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Finishing at:

Cross Keys
10 Adswood Road
SK8 5QA
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Updated Wednesday 12th July 2018