Cheadle Hulme

Friday 18th September 2015

Description based on stagger as undertaken above
Itinery updated April 2018 to reflect changes.

All in all this is a very different stagger to normal. Of the seven pubs scheduled to be visited only two were actually built as pubs, all the others being conversions from other use. Their use as pubs range from well back in the 18th century (with one building stretching back to the 17th century) to the new kid on the block, having only opened in May 2015. It is also one of the rare staggers where no "No real ale" establishments need to be entered as all serve cask ale!

This evening's stagger Stockport Image Archive - Hesketh, Cheadle Hulme starts at the Horse & Jockey in Cheadle Hulme. Don't panic if you thought the first establishment was actually the Hesketh, you are in the same place! In 1864 William Bamford Hesketh built a pub on the site of the original village inn (the Horse & Jockey) but it took the name of its builder rather than its older name. At one time in its history it was used by the manor for its Court Baron & Dinnering day where tenants paid their dues and were then feasted. Nowadays that tradition is continued with the extensive cavery on offer noon until 9pm daily (sorry the manor no longer picks up the tab). The interior has been knocked about a bit, first in 1895, then more recently but it still works well as drinkers pub, with four ales available. Weather permitting we can sit is an attractive garden area at the rear, but unfortunatly are unable to have a game of bowls as the green was converted into a car park in the 1970s.

We now have a longish walk, with no respite, to our next destination

Our next Church Inn, Cheadle Hulme destination, the Curch Inn, looks as though it could have also been the original village pub, but are infact were built as 18th century cottages. These were knocked through (see it's not just a modern practice) and opened as The Knapsack Inn near a Pump Farm, with the first landlord being John Brown (of neither tractor nor body mouldering fame.) It was owned by generations of Turners and then by the Bromleys who also owned Ravenoak Hall/Oakley Manor across the road, now the Governor's House. Bought by Robinsons and possibly only their second pub and also offers food, but this time it is best to book in advance to avoid disapointment. We can again (weather permitting) sit outside in a small, hedged and well-tended garden, with a further outdoor area to the rear, but bowls has never been on the cards. Internally you are greeted by a comfortable, oak panelled Lounge Bar with a real fire in a carved stone fireplace.

The Governor's House Governors House, Cheadle Hulme was built as Oakley Manor and was originally called the Ravenoak (1882) and catered for English style evening meals to live piano accompaniment, receptions, and provided accommodation. It was rebuilt in 1998 by Hardy and Hansons and became the Governor's House. Now owned by the Greene King Brewery, this is a managed house but with a good choice of cask conditioned ales. The central bar area serves several well decorated semi enclosed spaces. The rear part is given over to food, with an extensive, reasonably priced full menu but also jacket potatoes, sandwiches, burgers and tapas, and a carvery on Sundays. Occasional beer festivals are held that can feature up to 15 ales.
STOP PRESS
The manager has contacted us and, on the night of the stagger, offered to put on a beer of our choice (from his SIBA list) - this calls for a more leisurely stop than normal. Second pint anyone?

Next up is the John Millington which requires a longish walk (or cunningly timed exit to catch the bus).

Why the John Millington? Arthur Chiverton, 8 Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme The building was originally built in 1683 as Millington Hall, for the Millington family. As it is now a Grade II listed building, conversion into a pub in 2004 required careful handling of the changes. "But who was John Millington?" you may ask. John served as an Alderman on Stockport Council (that bit I have been able to discover) but when I can't trace, so if you know why not come along on the night and enlighten us. "What about the beer?" you ask. It is now a Hydes house, so offers their Finest and Original along with four guest beers, with often one or two from their Beer Studio range. The excellent meals should be mentioned, but as we have a schedule to keep to, sampling the menu will have to wait for another night.

Moving on we have John Millington, Cheadle Hulme a complete contrast in our next establishment, in fact if there are more than a dozen on the stagger we may have to draw straws to see who enters first. The Chiverton Tap was converted from an old established drapers and millinery business (Arthur Chiverton) and was only opened in May 2015. The interior reflects the drapery heritage, but the beer range is anything but flannel. Bollington Best Dressed and Long Hop are the regulars, accompanied by up to 4 locally sourced guest beers.

Remarkably here is a photo (right) showing the shop in its former guise, date unknown, but look at the stone setts in the road. The Chivington Tap now occupies the nearest corner shop.

Platform 5, Cheadle Hulme

Back to proper pubs and Platform 5. No not up on the station! This is the new name for what people will remember as 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 offering expanding to two or so guest beers, along with offerings from the Holts owned Bootleg Brewery. In 2014 another re-vamp took pace, along with a name change to 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.

Our final destination Kings Hall, Cheadle Hulme is yet another conversion from other use. The Kings Hall was 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 by JD Wetherspoon in Sept 1998 only to be burned down in the summer of 2001. It follows the usual Wetherspoon's corporate formulae; toilets upstairs and workaday meals with half a dozen real ales on the bar. The pavement outside to the front on either side of the central entrance is very popular on warm sunny days bringing an almost continental cafe feel to the frontage. A house beer, Waltzing Witch 4.8%, is blended especially for the pub by Moorhouse's to echo the history of the building.

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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 9th September 2015