July's Pub of the Month
Cross Keys — Adswood Road in Cheadle Hulme

Thursday 25 July 2019

10 Adswood Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport SK8 5QA Map


The Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Month for July is the Cross Keys on Adswood Road in Cheadle Hulme (Map). Mike Wilson explains why it won the award.

It is always good to recognise a pub that has won a new lease of life - and this certainly applies to the Cross Keys. Mike Bradshaw, who has plenty of experience in the pub business, arrived at the Cross Keys last October and has wasted no time making his presence felt.

The pub dates from the inter-war period and the impressive, free-standing building has been opened up over the years. But the pub is large enough to have a separate vault for games including pool, so that this does not dominate other areas. This pub serves its community well, and Mike and his team have succeeded in attracting a regular band of locals who consider the Cross Keys to be home from home. The pub caters for various activities such as Morris Dancing and Karaoke (fortunately, not simultaneously!) and there are TVs for sport - but arranged in a way that is not intrusive to those who simply want a pint and a chat.

For some years there had been a disused function room upstairs. This has now been brought back into service and is available for use. The Cross Keys is a key supporter of local charities, including the nearby Chelwood Food Bank as well as the Manchester Children's Hospital.

And now to the beer. Traditionally, the only cask ale has been Hydes Original Bitter - not that there is anything wrong with that, especially at £2.20 per pint! Beer quality of late has been very good. However, some of the locals are partial to a mild, and so the range has been extended to include Hydes Old Indie. Not only that, but plans are afoot to extend the range further, possibly in time for our presentation night. So please do join us on Thursday 25 July from 8pm to congratulate Mike and his team for their hard work in making the Cross Keys such a successful local.

The Cross Keys is situated on Adswood Road, Cheadle Hulme, close to the junction with Ladybridge Road, Bird Hall Lane and Councillor Lane. Buses 313 and 368 will drop you close by.


The Pub of the Month award is sponsored by Stephensons, a local family firm that has been supplying the local pub and catering trade for over 140 years. Check out their web site by clicking on their logo.

Lancaster

Saturday 3th August 2019

LocationTime (approx)Notes
Stockport station 10:38
Manchester Piccadilly 10:50
Arrive Lancaster 11:55
Merchant's 1688 12:00 - 13:00Food menu available here.
Three Mariners 13:00 - 13:45
Sun Hotel 13:45 - 14:30
Stonewell Tap 14:30 - 15:00
The Borough 15:00 - 15:30Cash is no longer accepted, card only.
White Cross 15:30 - 16:15
The Tap 16:15 - 16:45
Ye Olde John O'Gaunt 16:45 - 17:15
Depart Lancaster 17:28Change at Manchester Piccadilly
Depart Lancaster 17:38Direct
Depart Lancaster 17:46Change at Manchester Piccadilly
Depart Lancaster 18:28Change at Manchester Piccadilly
Because there are limited direct trains Stockport to Lancaster, the train connections Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster are shown.


Merchant's 1688 — 12:00 - 13:00

29 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YN

Converted wine merchant's cellars built in 1688. A large outdoor drinking area leads to the entrance / bar area, three tunnels are off this area, one being a restaurant and the other two drinking / eating areas.

Old School Blonde is the only regular of the 8 ales available. Beers from Old School Brewery, Tirril, Allendale and Kirkby Lonsdale have been seen recently.

Food menu available via the link https://merchants1688.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Autumn-Winter-2018-edited.pdf


Three Mariners — 13:00 - 13:45

Bridge Lane, Lancaster LA1 1EE

Claims to be the oldest pub in the city dating from the 15th century but the history books first show it in 1778. Renovated a few times over the years, it received a comprehensive revamp in 2004.

A popular pub with the locals, nine ales can be found with Oakham Citra, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde and Hawkshead Bitter are the regulars.

Lunesdale CAMRA pub of the year 2017 & 2019.


The Sun Hotel & Bar — 13:45 - 14:30

63-65 Church St, Lancaster LA1 1ET

Over 300 years old, the Sun hotel and bar was acquired by Lancaster Brewery in 2003 taking ten weeks to renovate. An extension into the next building was completed in 2005.

The décor combines a mixture of original stone walls, beams, window frames and wood panelling. Existing stone fireplaces have also been retained.

Up to ten ales can be found on the bar with four from Lancaster plus their seasonal with five rotating guests.


Stonewell Tap — 14:30 - 15:00

8-10 Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1NP

Formerly the White horse, the building dates back to the 17th Century. Large modern big windows and spartan furnishings give this old pub a modern look. Acquired by the owners of Merchants 1688 and the White Cross in 2017, four handpumps are on the bar with beers from Tirril, Allendale and Old school brewery regularly seen.


The Borough — 15:00 - 15:30

3 Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PP

The impressive grade 2 listed Georgian building with Victorian frontage has ranged from the Mayor of Lancaster's house, to a working men's club. The Borough as it is today opened in 2006, by the Horner family. The front of the pub resembles a gentlemen's club whilst the large area to the rear is a restaurant. There is also a large patio area to the rear of the pub.

Eight ales are to be found with a regular from Horner Brothers Brewery.

Cash is no longer accepted, card only.


White Cross — 15:30 - 16:15

Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 4XT

A large conversion of an old canalside warehouse, this gives it a light airy feel to it with its high ceilings and large windows. There is a large outside drinking area at the side of the pub and also plenty of seating alongside the Lancaster canal.

A long bar runs across the middle of the pub, ten handpumps regularly serve beers from hawkshead, Timothy Taylors and Allendale.


Tap House — 16:15 - 16:45

2 Gage Street, Lancaster LA1 1UH

Completely refurbished in 2012, a fairly small interior inside with a modern ambience - slate tiled floor, exposed brick and grey walls, tall furniture and some old casks incorporated into the walls.

Four ales are available with Hawkshead and York Brewery seen regularly.


Ye Olde John O'Gaunt — 16:45 - 17:15

53 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1JG

Looks small from the stained glass windowed frontage, but pub goes back a long way giving two distinct drinking areas either side of the central bar. Outside drinking is available to the rear of the pub.

Eight rotating ales can be seen with beers Wychwood, Jennings and Theakston breweries on the bar recently.

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Pub of the Year 2019

Bakers Vault, Stockport

Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES Map


The Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2019 is the Bakers Vaults in the Market Place, Stockport.

Bakers Vault

In recent years the voting for the Stockport & South Manchester Pub of the Year has been nail-bitingly close and this time was no exception, with just two votes separating the top two pubs for the 2019 award.

The winner is chosen from the Pubs Bakers Vault of the Month for the previous year and the 2018 crop was not only very diverse but also included numerous excellent pubs. Discussion was intense but there can only be one winner and this year the top spot was taken by the Bakers Vaults in Stockport Market Place.

The Bakers has been something of a local institution for many years and for a long time had a reputation as a venue for live music. Just under five years ago Robinsons gave it a major makeover, and in July 2014 it reopened with a fresh new look to make it brighter and more welcoming.

Bakers Vault

It's run by Luke Morgan and his team who work tirelessly to provide a friendly, welcoming pub. As a result the Bakers is frequently bustling with drinkers - no doubt attracted by no fewer than 10 cask ales on handpump.

Bakers Vault

A delighted Luke told Opening Times: "It's an absolute honour to receive the Stockport & South Manchester Pub of the Year 2019. Myself and my team always strive to provide the best quality drinking experience we can, with a cheeky smile and a bit of banter in our friendly little pub. I'd like to thank everyone for supporting us over the last five years. You're all amazing".

Five of the beers are from the Robinsons range and five are guests (although Titanic Brewery's Plum Porter seems to be a permanent resident). Weston's Old Rosie cider is also available. In addition is a range of gins - a nod to the pub's history as a gin palace dating back to 1775. A number of chalkboards detail part of the history.

Bakers Vault

Food comprises a small but well put together menu of gourmet hotdogs and burgers and some delicious fried sides. In keeping with the pub's long-time reputation as a music venue, local and regional bands are showcased every Sunday from 3-6pm, playing anything from jazz and blues to folk-rock and country.

The award was due to be presented on Thursday 21 February so look out for a photo or two in the next issue. The pub is open from 12 noon every day.

Runner-up Pub of the Year 2019

Þe Olde Vic, Edgeley

1 Chatham Street, Edgeley, Stockport SK3 9ED Map


The Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Runner-Up Pub of the Year for 2019 is Ye Olde Vic on Chatham Street in Edgeley.

Ye Olde Vic

The runner-up is Ye Olde Vic on Chatham Street in Edgeley. This pub is something of a survivor, having faced demolition threats in the 1960s, a period of closure in the early 1980s and some years of neglect under its previous owner.

Ye Olde Vic

For many years though it's been run by Steve Brannan and Johanne Quinn and during their reign the pub has won many CAMRA awards and what seems to be a permanent place in the national Good Beer Guide.

Ye Olde Vic

When the previous owner put the Olde Vic up for sale Steve and Jo couldn't afford to buy it; but fortunately a consortium of locals banded together to acquire the pub and save it for the future. Since then it has seen considerable investment and the exterior looks smarter than it's done for many years.

Internally little has changed. The pumpclips on the ceiling are a history lesson on forgotten beers and breweries. On the bar you'll find six ever-changing guest beers alongside one or two traditional ciders. The Vic opens at 5pm every day.

NOTE: The spelling Þe Olde Vic of the pubs name harks back to the original Old English where there was a 'special' character called thorn which was used for what we now use 'th', thus "the" was spelled "þe". More information on thorn here. In fact according to this website http://mentalfloss.com/article/31904/12-letters-didnt-make-alphabet there are another eleven 'lost' letters!

Cider Pub of the Year 2019

St Petersgate, Stockport

19a St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB Map

Petersgate Tap

It's two in a row for the Petersgate Tap, which is once again the Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year.

Petersgate Tap Petersgate Tap

Set over two floors, the Tap opened in September 2016 since when it has settled in to become a firm favourite with local beer and cider enthusiasts. Father and son team Alan and Chris Gent are passionate about their beers and ciders. Dark (and usually rather strong) beers are something of a speciality while the cider and perry offer has gone from strength to strength.

The pub now offers no fewer than eight traditional ciders and perries - some from local producers such as Dunham Press (Dunham Massey) and SiDa (Macclesfield) while others are from further afield. You can have your cider at either fridge or cellar temperature, too.

Petersgate Tap

Last time the pub went on to win the regional title too and co-owner Alan Gent is both delighted with the award and looking forward to the county contest this time, as well.

He told Opening Times: "After winning last year's regional title, we've continued to develop our cider offer with cooled and cellar temperature cider and perry for sale. Petersgate Tap We're pleased the branch has supported us once again in winning the title and we're ready for another tilt at the regional."

The award is due to be presented on Saturday 27 April, from 2pm. The Petersgate Tap is at 19a St Petersgate, Stockport. It is closed on Mondays and opens from 4pm Tuesday, 2pm Wednesday, 12 noon Thursday to Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.

Club of the Year 2019

Moor Club, Heaton Moor

35 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4PB Map

The Stockport & South Manchester Club of the Year 2019 is the Moor Club on Heaton Moor Road.

A previous Club of the Year winner, in 2016, this well-appointed members' club has two lounge areas at the front, and beyond these a members-only bar and snooker room with three full-size tables - the club takes part in two snooker leagues. The Manchester Backgammon Club meets here every week, too.

Holt's Bitter is the permanent cask ale and this is usually joined by two changing guest beers, often from the Marston's range.

Stagger diary - Work in progress

Many staggers have been updated and there are a few new ones. Thus some links below are still pointing to older accounts BUT ALL ITINERIES ARE CORRECT {just the accompanying text which is amiss!}

Month

Stagger

Date

Start Point
7:30 unless stated

Mid Point
8:30 unless stated

2018

January

Gatley and Cheadle west

19th

Prince of Wales
Gatley Green, SK8 4NF

White Hart
90 High Street, SK8 1PX

February

West Didsbury east

16th

Woodstock Arms
139 Barlow Moor Road, M20 2DY

Wine and Wallop
97 Lapwing Lane, M20 6UR

March

Heaton Moor

16th

Elizabethan
33 Heaton Moor Road, SK4 4PB

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

April

Cheadle Hulme centre

20th

Kenilworth
Cheadle Road, SK8 5DX

Church Inn
90 Ravenoak Road, SK8 7EG

May

Stockport North and Portwood

18th

Midway
263 Newbridge Lane, SK1 2NX

Railway
1 Avenue Street, SK1 2BZ

June

Withington

22nd

Orion @ 8pm
8 Burton Road, M20 3ED

Victoria
438 Wilmslow Road, M20 3BW

July

Cale Green and Higher Hillgate

20th

Blossoms
2 Buxton Road, SK2 6NU

Wheatsheaf
205-209 Higher Hillgate, SK1 3RB

August

Levenshulme

17th

Klondyke Club
Burnage Range

Station Hop
815 Stockport Road, M19 3BS

September

Heaton Norris east

21st

Carousel
156 Reddish Road, SK5 7HR

Silver Jubilee
21 Hamilton Square, SK4 1JG

October

Gorton, Hyde Road

19th

Plough
927 Hyde Road, M18 7FB

Royal Oak
114 Cross Lane, M18 8NZ

November

Didsbury south

16th

Didsbury
852 Wilmslow Road, M20 2SG

Crown
770 Wilmslow Road, M20 2DR

December

Stockport Hillgate

21st

Blossoms
2 Buxton Road, SK2 6NU

Sun and Castle
54 Middle Hillgate, SK1 3EH


2019

January

Offerton

18th

Puss in Boots
147 Nangreave Road, SK2 6DG

Finger Post
434 Hempshaw Lane, SK1 4QA

February

Hazel Grove south

22nd

Rising Sun
2 Buxton Road, SK7 6AD

Horse & Jockey
201 London Road, SK7 4HJ

March

Ladybarn and Fallowfield

22nd

Ladybarn Social Club
13 Green Street, M14 6TL

Friendship
353 Wilmslow Road, M14 6XS

April

Cheadle east

19th

Cheshire Line Tavern
Manchester Road, SK8 2NZ

Royal Oak
22 Stockport Road, SK8 2AA

May

Didsbury north

17th

Botanist
1d School Lane, M20 6RD

Station
682 Wilmslow Road, M20 2DN

June

Cheadle Hulme north

21st

P5
47 Station Road, SK8 7AA

Kings Tap
11-13 Station Road, SK8 5AF

July

Chorlton-on-Medlock and University

19th

Ford Madox Brown
Wilmslow Road, M14 5FT

Grafton Arms
27 Grafton Street, M13 9WU

August

Bramhall

16th

Three Bears
Jackson's Lane, SK7 5JH

Shady Oak
Redford Drive, SK7 3PG

September

Stockport Market Place

20th

Bakers Vaults
Market Place, SK1 1ES

Project 53
22 Market Place, SK1 1EU

October

Hazel Grove north

18th

Three Tunnes
194 London Road, SK7 4DQ

Grove Alehouse
145 London Road, SK7 4HH

November

West Didsbury, Burton Road

22nd

George Charles
246 Burton Road, M20 2LW

Folk Café Bar
169-171 Burton Road, M20 2LN

December

Stockport Hillgate

21st

Blossoms
2 Buxton Road, SK2 6NU

Sun and Castle
54 Middle Hillgate, SK1 3EH


2020

January

Edgeley and Shaw Heath

17th

Alexandra
195 Northgate Road, SK3 9NJ

Royal Oak
124 Castle Street, SK3 9AL

February

Northenden

21st

Farmers Arms
26 Longley Lane, M22 4JR

Lounge About
424 Palatine Road, M22 4JT

March

Moss Nook and Heald Green

20th

Tatton Arms
Trenchard Drive, M22 5LZ

Heald Green
Finney Lane, SK8 3QH

April

Great Moor and Heaviley

17th

George & Dragon
14 London Road, SK7 4AH

Travellers Call
351 Buxton Road, SK2 7NL

May

Reddish and Heaton Chapel

22nd

Fir Tree
257 Gorton Road, SK5 6LL

Union
93 Broadstone Road, SK5 7AS

June

Burnage

19th

Farmers Arms
254 Burnage Lane, M19 1EN

Beer Shop
13 Kingsleigh Road, SK4 3QF

July

Gatley and Cheadle west

17th

Prince of Wales
Gatley Green, SK8 4NF

White Hart
90 High Street, SK8 1PX

August

East Didsbury and Heaton Mersey

21st

Gateway
882 Wilmslow Road, M20 5PG

Dog & Partridge
687-693 Didsbury Road, SK4 3AG

September

Stockport south and Underbanks

25th

Nelson Tavern
98 Wellington Road South, SK1 3UH

Petersgate Tap
19a St Petersgate, SK1 1EB

October

West Didsbury east

16th

Woodstock Arms
139 Barlow Moor Road, M20 2DY

Wine and Wallop
97 Lapwing Lane, M20 6UR

November

Heaton Moor

20th

Elizabethan
33 Heaton Moor Road, SK4 4PB

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

December

Stockport Hillgate

18th

Blossoms
2 Buxton Road, SK2 6NU

Sun and Castle
54 Middle Hillgate, SK1 3EH