Gatley and Cheadle West


We start this month's stagger on the Green in Gatley, or as it was known in 1290, Gateclyve, which in Old English means "a place where goats are kept". Hopefully the goats will not be frequenting the Prince of Wales as this is a 'modern' structure dating back to the 1800s with low beams so, on entering, remember the old chestnut - Duck or Grouse. Known locally as the "Mop" (it used to have a problem with flooding), this delightful pub overlooks the village green. Originally two cottages, these were knocked together many years ago resulting in its current three distinct area layout.

Leaving the Prince of Wales we pass the sadly closed Gothic, Stockport's only outlet for Liverpool's Cains Brewery, and head for the Horse & Farrier on Gatley Road

The Horse & Farrier is another Hydes outlet, but as it is one of their multi-ale houses expect to see two or three guests along with the Hydes offerings. Food is also offered at dinnertime and children are welcome until 8pm. Hydes have spent a bob or two re-decorating the place and it shows. Now, as you drag yourself away, comes a dilemma, whether to catch the occasional bus or walk the three quarters of a mile to our next establishment.

Whichever mode is selected, the White Hart, next to St Mary's Parish Church in Cheadle village, is the destination. This one time Boddington's pub is divided into two halves (yes I know you can't have any other than two halves!) with drinking on one side and eating on the other. It is now only a short walk, essentially across the road, to the Crown.

This makes the third (and not the last) Hyde's pub we will visit this evening. The Crown was converted from a shop, modernised and given a cafe bar feel, but still retains all that is best in a pub. All this (except for the friendly pub feel) is a contrast to the Star further along Cheadle High Street. Again a Hyde's pub, proudly proclaimed by the impressive Hyde's Crown Brewery plaque above the entrance. "But Hydes have just vacated the Queen's Brewery. Where is this Crown Brewery?" I hear you cry. Alfred Hyde went into partnership in about 1863 with his brother Ralph, at the Crown Brewery, Audenshaw, Greater Manchester. He moved to the Victoria Brewery, Lower Moss Lane, Hulme, Manchester, in 1870 and to the Mayfield Street Brewery, Ardwick, Manchester, in 1882. Alfred Hyde died in 1880 and his eldest child, Annie, ran the business, moving to the Monmouth Street Brewery, Rusholme, Manchester, in 1887 and in July 1899 to the Queen’s Brewery, Brookes Bar, Moss Side, Manchester, formerly owned by Greatorex Brothers. This was not the end of their travels as their ultimate move has been to Salford Media City (though for how long this restless brewery will remain there is anyone's guess).

Our ultimate destination this evening is a little way down Manchester Road at the Ashlea. Beginning life as the Railway (the former goods yard can be seen opposite) it was up until the last twenty years a fairly modest boozer, then it got the dining treatment. Though food is supplied until 9:30pm, real ale drinkers are not, however, looked down upon.

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Gatley and Cheadle West


Pub Name


Bus & Rail


7.30pm Start point:

Prince of Wales
Gatley Green


Horse & Farrier
144 Gatley Road

8.30pm Mid point:

White Hart Tavern
90 High Street


Brezo Lounge
30 High Street
No real ale
81 High Street
George & Dragon
1 High Street

Finishing at:

James Watts
13 High Street