September's Pub of the Month
Angel Inn — Stockport Market Place

Thursday 19 September 2019

20 Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EY Map


The Pub of the Month Award for September goes to the Angel Inn on Stockport Market Place. John Clarke explains why it won.

When Robinsons took over the old Bell & Co brewery in 1949 they inherited a swathe of pubs in Stockport town centre. The Angel was among them and, when it closed two years later that was likely to be the end of its life as a pub. Selling it on as a free house was out of the question back then.

For the following 67 years the building was put to a variety of other uses - for many years it was a solicitor's office and latterly home to Seven Miles Out. Then along came Craig Johnson and his business partner Anthony Meynell who, along with other investors, made plans to bring the old pub back to life. It finally re-opened on 23 November last year and hasn't looked back.

Obviously little remains of the original pub interior, but it's been a skilful conversion with a bar to the left and the interior nicely broken up into different areas. A snug at the back left is particularly welcoming. The walls have gradually filled up with pictures and other artwork to enhance the comfortable feel. At the back is a large outdoor area which has been put to good use and is a real asset to the pub.

On a day to day basis the Angel is managed by Rob Loader, a very experienced licensee who really knows his beer. The well-appointed bar offers up to six changing cask beers, with one handpump sometimes given over to traditional cider. These are accompanied by an impressive range of German beers on tap and in bottle. Well chosen Belgian specialities complete the picture.

The Pub of the Month award will be presented on Thursday 19 September. This will coincide with the launch night of Stockport Beer Week and will incorporate a performance by TV comedian James Dowdeswell of his stand-up show ‘The Pub Manifesto'. Civic dignitaries will also be along to what promises to be a great night out.


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.

Chorley

Saturday 5th October 2019

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TransportTimeNotes
Stockport station 12:11
Manchester Piccadilly 12:29
Arrive Chorley 13:06
LocationTime (approx)
Shepherds Hall Ale House 13:10 - 13:45
Sir Henry Tat 13:45 - 14:30Wetherspoons so food available
Flat Iron 14:30 - 15:00
Bob Inn 15:00 - 15:30
Ale Station 15;30 - 16:00
Railway 16:00 - 16:30
Malt 'n' Hops 16:30 - 17:00
TransportTime
Option 1, depart Chorley 17:34Change at Manchester Piccadilly
Option 2, depart Chorley 18:06Direct


Shepherds Hall Ale House — 13:10 - 13:45

67 Chapel Street, PR7 1BS

Opened in august 2014, Chorley's first micropub has been tastefully converted from a shop and utilises fittings from other closed pubs in the town.

Up to 5 changing beers are served mainly from smaller breweries from across the country, although a LocAle can also be seen. Two ciders are also served - normally one traditional one and another being fruit flavoured.


Sir Henry Tate — 13:45 - 14:30

New Market Street, PR7 1DB

A purpose built pub trading under the Lloyd's banner situated next to Booth's supermarket on the main town centre car park. Typical of the Wetherspoon's chain, this pub offers value food and low beer prices.

The pub is on two levels and has an outside drinking area to the front. The main bar (downstairs) features the five regular beers plus five guests, with beers from Moorhouse's and Phoenix often featuring. The two changing real ciders are served from boxes behind the bar.

The smaller upstairs bar normally has up to five changing beers available.

To reflect local tastes, the beers tend to be of lower gravity than is often found in Wetherspoon's pubs. This pub is signed up to the CAMRA voucher scheme.


Flat Iron — 14:30 - 15:00

21 Cleveland Street, PR7 1BH

Refurbished late 2016 and having a change of name ( previously the Market Tavern ), this is a smart town centre pub and a great addition to the growing real ale scene in Chorley.

In addition to the mild, there are up to 4 guest beers - mainly from local breweries. These will normally include a mild, a strong ale - Phoenix Wobbly Bob is often on, and a range of lighter session beers.

This pub featured in the very first CAMRA Good Beer Guide in 1974 when it was described as a 'true drinker's pub' and served beers from Tetley Warrington.


Bob Inn — 15:00 - 15:30

24 Market Place, PR7 1DA

A tiny bar housed in a market stall, this is certainly the smallest pub in the branch area. Outside seating is available during warmer weather and drinkers often spill over into the market area. This is a pub where conversation and banter is an important part of the experience. An adjacent unit now forms a lounge area separate from the main bar.

With 3 ever changing cask beers sourced from smaller breweries and at least two ciders along with a good selection of (mainly) Belgian bottled beers there is something for every taste.

Unusually for a micropub there is a full range of drinks including spirits. No food, but you are welcome to bring your own.


Ale Station — 15;30 - 16:00

60 Chapel Street, PR7 1BS

The third micropub to open in Chorley, this bar is conveniently situated adjacent to the bus station and just across the road from the railway station. A modern looking venue with a wine bar feel, this inviting pub offers a full range of drinks.

Six changing real ales are served mainly sourced from north western micro breweries, although expect to find others from far and wide. There are also two changing real ciders.

A state-of-the-art digital display board provides full price information and real ale details, in addition to updated train times for the railway traveller. Pictures of old Chorley adorn the walls.


Railway — 16:00 - 16:30

20 Steeley Street, PR6 0RD

Adjacent to the railway station and 100 yards from the bus station, this is a community local that offers a changing range of up to five real ales from the Marston's portfolio.

A single corner bar serves different drinking areas and a separate pool alcove. Darts, dominoes and pool are popular with the locals, along with seasonal music festivals, Live music (rock, blues, ska, reggae, Indie, Soul) features on Saturday nights and the occasional Friday.


Malt 'n' Hops — 16:30 - 17:00

50 - 52 Friday Street, PR6 0AA

Converted from an old shop in 1989, it is handily situated for both the railway and bus stations. A single L-shaped bar on two levels with a bright yet traditional feel.

A genuine free house; there are up to seven guest ales usually sourced from Lancashire and Yorkshire micros, with Rat, Ossett, Elland, Lancaster and Blackedge often featuring. Good value filled rolls and pork pies are usually available.

There is a pleasant beer garden at the rear with a heated smoking shelter.

Branch Pub of the Year 2016/17. Lancashire Branches Pub of the Year 2017.


The local CAMRA branch has produced a Chorley Pub Guide, downloadable at https://centrallancs.camra.org.uk/dl.php?id=102133 in pdf format.

 

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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