Heaton Moor and Heaton Norris West

A sheepish stagger for ewe!

And why have we titled it a sheepish stagger?
Baa, baa, baa sums up the experience!

Tonight's stagger starts in a very rare beast for Stockport, a J W Lees house, the Elizabethan on Heaton Moor Road. Noted for its food offering, but still welcoming drinkers into its midst. The outside drinking at tables in the front garden can be a heaven in summer, but probably only for the hardy (or fool-hardy) on an evening in January! A range of J W Lees beers adorn the bar.

Crossing the road we come to the first of our bars, Thom's Wine Bar. Don't be misled by the name, however, as real ale is also available. In keeping with the café bar feel, outside street drinking is offered, thankfully under a generous glass canopy in case the non-Mediterranean British weather strikes. The ales on offer will be Thwaites Wainwright and guest beers.

We now pass Town, the first of a number of cask ale free café bars on the stagger tonight.

Traveling along Heaton Moor Road we will soon reach the impressive sandstone fronted Plough, our 8:30pm meeting point. ? ? ? Though owned by Orchid's Pizza Kitchen & Bar ? ? ? , it still retains the feel of a community local, just with the added bonus(?) of in-house pizzas. Built in the late 1800s, it was re-furbished throughout in 2008, but still retains its nooks and crannies separated by stained glass partitions.

Dragging ourselves away from the Plough it is but a few door along Heaton Moor Road to the Crown. This is one of the few pubs in the area to retain its original multi-room interior and very traditional gents' toilet (sorry ladies it's out of bounds!). An alleyway to the right leads to a separate entrance to the vault, the back garden and formally the off sales counter.

Again it is but a few doors along to the Kro bar (is that tautology as Kro means bar in Danish?). This former bakery and shop has had a conservatory built onto the side to create a pleasing café bar, with the added bonus of real ale. It is even possible to breakfast here as opening time is 9am, though whether beer is available at this time is unclear (and for most, undesirable!).

Along the Shaw Road alittle brings us to the Blue Cat. Contemporary café bar, with a musical flavour. As of early 2013 cask beers from Ramsbottom's First Chop are available. This was to have closed after last-orders at New Year's 2012. This was because owner, Danny Donnelly blamed tough trading conditions and inflexibility of licensing hours by the council. Thankfully, that closure never took place. What will we find tonight? Who knows?

Two moor café bars exist on Shaw Road, but as neither have cask ale it would have been swiftly on towards Moor Top, except it has recently ceased selling real ale.

To finish we must embark on a long(ish) hike, sorry walk, to our final destination.

With its Hydes multi-ale concept, expect two or maybe three guests alongside the Hydes regulars (including the rare Owd Oak), the Nursery has had so much written about it I will leave you to read up about this previous CAMRA National Pub of Year winner.

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Heaton Moor and Heaton Norris West

Timing

Pub Name

Address

Bus & Rail

Notes

7.30pm Start point:

Elizabethan
33 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4PB
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Heaton Chapel
 

Followed by:

Thom's Wine Bar
54 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4NZ
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Heaton Chapel
 
Town
60 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4NZ
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Heaton Chapel
No Real Ale

8.30pm Mid point:

Plough on the Moor
82 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4NZ
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Heaton Chapel
 

Then

Crown
98-100 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4NZ
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Heaton Chapel
 
Tusk
110 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4NZ
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Heaton Chapel
No Real Ale
Bottle Heaton Moor
9a Shaw Road
SK4 4AG
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Heaton Chapel
Bottle conditioned
Time & Place
17 Shaw Road
SK4 4AG
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Heaton Chapel
Closed
Cassidys
Shaw Road
SK4 4AG
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Heaton Chapel
No Real Ale
Moortop
172 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4DU
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Nook
111 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4HY
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No Real Ale
Rock Salt
192 Heaton Moor Road
SK4 4DU
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No Real Ale

Finishing at:

Nursery
258 Green Lane
SK4 2NA
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