Hazel Grove South

Friday 22nd February 2019

Tonight the start of the Stagger should be at the south east extreme of our branch area - this honour falls to the Fiveways a further 15 minutes walk along the Macclesfield road. This Holt's house has re-opened after an extensive and expensive re-fit and features, unlike most of their houses, an elaborate food operation. Well worth a visit, but adding an extra half hour and a further mile to the stagger (half each way).

Our actual 7:30pm starting point tonight will be the Rising Sun, Rising Sun, Buxton Road, Hazel Grove which stands prominently in the major junction of the Macclesfield and Buxton roads, a minutes walk from the southern terminus of the 192 bus service. Outside is black and white painted to resemble medieval Cheshire houses, inside is stylishly decorated with plenty of comfortable couches and chairs. Not being a Robinson's house, for which Hazel Grove is (in)famous, but part of a chain the beers on offer are likely to be chosen from Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Theakston Best Bitter or Wells Bombardier along with a guest or maybe two.

Leaving the Rising Sun we head north along the A6 towards the centre of Hazel Grove, popping our noses into Grove to check for real ale. Oscar's is one of a number of café style licenced bars, few of which unfortunately stock real ale.

At the junction of Torkington Road, Bullock Smithy, London Road, Hazel Grove just pass the park, we reach the Bullock Smithy, our second port of call. Again this pub is owned by a pub chain, so the beers on offer will be from among the usual national brands - Marstons Pedigree is the most recently reported along with Moorhouse brewed Bullock Smithy and a guest. Decorated in a modern style with plenty of sofas and wood on view and tending to attract a younger clientele. Food is available most of the time, and having a large car park to the rear attracts a lot of trade from diners.

Now comes a bevy of those café bars who don't (yet?) stock real ale, Lounge, Bar One and Boteega Lounge. These are all passed in our quest for the next real ale establishment.

Yet another modern café bar Huffys is passed before we head into the Horse & Jockey ready for our 8:30pm mid point meeting point. A long standing keg pub, it dabbled for a while with realseams to have returned to the cask ale fold. ??????????????????????????????

Crossing over the road (take care as London Road is very busy, even at this time of night) Wilfred Wood, London Road, Hazel Grove and we can enter the Wilfred Wood. A typical Wetherspoon's establishment, formed from a couple of shop units and named after a local hero. Wilfred was a 21 years old private in the 10th Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers, who won the Victoria Cross at the battle of Vittorio Veneto on the Italian Front in the First World War. He used his Lewis gun with great effect to knock out an enemy gun causing 140 enemy to surrender, then pushed forwards and took a trench along with a further 160 prisoners.

Back to the stagger: The Wilfred Wood, being a Wetherspoon pub, what beers are on offer (other than Greene King IPA and Ruddles) is always a mystery which will be revealed on the night. In previous years, because the whole of Hazel Grove was covered in one evening, there was little chance to have more than a swift half here. As there is only one more establishment to visit, you may as well relax and try two or three of the beers on offer.

It is but a stone's throw to Grapes, London Road, Hazel Grove our next port of call, the Grapes. One of the older pubs in Hazel Grove (or Bullock Smithy as it may have been known when the Grapes opened) with a homely charm of its own. On the left on entering is the vault (or tap room as some people would say) while straight ahead is the bar area with two side rooms to the right. An excellent pint of Robinson's Unicorn is always available, often accompanied by the current seasonal offering. The rear patio, with its seats and flower tubs, should not be missed.

In previous years we would have now gone around the corner onto Commercial Road and visited the Royal Oak. Robinsons have closed this establishment down and sold it on. Sad though it is to see a pub close, I think we can survive without yet another pint of Unicorn.

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Hazel Grove South

Timing

Pub Name

Address

Bus & Rail

Notes

7.30pm Start point:

Rising Sun
2 Buxton Road
SK7 6AD
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Hazel Grove
 

Followed by:

Grove
399-401 London Road
SK7 6AA
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Hazel Grove
No Real Ale
Bullock Smithy
341 London Road
SK7 4PS
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Hazel Grove
 
Lounge
319 London Road
SK7 4PS
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Hazel Grove
 
Bar One
303 London Road
SK7 4PS
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Hazel Grove
No Real Ale
Boteega Lounge
281 London Road
SK7 4PS
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Hazel Grove
No Real Ale
Huffys
251 London Road
SK7 4PL
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Hazel Grove
No Real Ale

8.30pm Mid point:

Horse & Jockey
201 London Road
SK7 4HJ
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Hazel Grove
 

Then:

Wilfred Wood
204 London Road
SK7 4DQ
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Hazel Grove
 

Finishing at

Grapes
196 London Road
SK7 4DQ
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Hazel Grove
 

 

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Updated 999 May 2018