Opening Times

Covering Stockport plus the southern half of Manchester along with Tameside, High Peak, North East Cheshire and Macclesfield

Opening Times is a bi-monthly A4 magazine covering beer, brewers, events and occasions in an area comprising (roughly) the south east of the Greater Manchester conurbation, with a little straying into High Peak and N.E. Cheshire. It is principally produced by the Stockport & South Manchester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Additional material is supplied by the High Peak & NE Cheshire branch and the Macclesfield branch.

The aim is for publication on the first day of the "odd" months, ie January, March, May, July, September & November. We have 5,500 copies printed each month and distribute it to hundreds of outlets.

Out of the area?
Want to guarantee your copy of Opening Times?

Then why not subscribe?

You can have 6 issues covering one year sent to your door for £9.00 (to cover postage). Interested? Then please make cheques payable to "Opening Times" and send your details and cheque to:

David Sharpe, 1 Chiltern Drive, Woodsmoor, Stockport, SK2 7BE. Tel 0161 483 3708

July/August edition

Obituary Brian Taylor - Veteran CAMRA activist
Cider & Perry - Awards, News and Events
Lost Locals List - Where have all the pubs gone?
Pub Walks with Chris Morris - The Bulls Head, Tintwistle - A Hadfield circle
CAMRA Awards - Recent Presentations
Stockport Beer and Cider Festival Review
Family Brewery News from around the region
Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival 2019
High Peak Pub of the Season
July Pub of the month - Cross Keys on Adswood Road in Cheadle Hulme
August Pub of the month - Station Hop on Stockport Road in Levenshulme
Stagger - Ladybarn & Fallowfield with Jerry Wicken
Curmudgeon - When is a Pub not a Pub?

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May/June edition

Stockport Beer & Cider Festival Entertainment Preview
Award for Opening Times
Brewery News from around the region
Homebrew Competition
Pub Walks with Chris Morris - The Fox Inn, Brookbottom to New Mills
Stockport Beer Week 2019
Festival Charity - Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society (Stockport CP)
Produce Hall opens
Robbies Rebrand
May Pub of the month - Royal Oak, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester
June Pub of the month - Grove Alehouse, London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport
Stagger - Hazel Grove with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - The Squeezed Middle

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March/April 2019 edition

Awards and New openings
Stockport &amo; South Manchester Pub of the Year & Cider Pub of the Year
Mild Magic 2019
Pub Walks with Chris Morris - The Navigation Inn, Buxworth
igh Peak Pub of the Year & Cider Pub of the Year
Pub News
Roll out the Barrels - Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
March Pub of the month - Railway, Avenue Street, Portwood, Stockport
April Pub of the month - Wellington Inn, Wellington Road South, Stockport
Stagger - Offerton Plus with Chris Morris
Curmudgeon - Sense of Place

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January/February 2019 edition

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival preview
Angel Inn (Stockport) reopens after 67 years closure!
Poynton Pootle with Graham Privett
High Peak Club of the Year
Two new outlets for Glossop
Brewery news: Cheadle Brew House and Manchester Union Brewery both open.
Stockport Beer & Cider Festival Awards: Gold Blackjack for JIPA; Silver Stockport Brewing for Magnum; Bronze Fernandes for Black Voodoo. Cider: Harry's Cider for Scrummage. Perry: Nempnett Cider for Piglet's Perry. Gold and Silver beers were from home brewer Jonah Stancombe's recipes.
January Pub of the month - Arden Arms, Millgate, Stockport
February Pub of the month - Magnet on Wellington Road North in Heaton Norris
Stagger - Heaton Norris with Chris Morris
Curmudgeon - What Goes Around, Comes Around; Cashing Up

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November/December 2018 edition

Happy Christmas
Is there a cask crisis?
Robin Wignal - Obituary
Winter Warmer Wander
New Opening - Talleyrand, Levenshulme
Countdown to Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2019
Calling Home Brewers
Almond Family take over Jolly Sailor
Brewery News
Good Beer Guide
Novenmer Pub of the month - Ye Olde Vic, Edgeley, Stockport with John Clarke
December Pub of the month - Swan With Two Necks, Stockport
Stagger - Levenshulme with Chris Morris
Curmudgeon - A mixed blessing

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September/October 2018 edition

Stockport Beer Week
Cider Circuit 2018
Mounting Stone brews for first time
Frog & Railway refurbished to become The Heaton
New Faces at Grove Alehouse
Preview of Didsbury Beer Festival 2018
High Peak Pub of the Season - Bridge Beers, Stalybridge
Cider Cooling in Pubs by Andrea Briers & Chris Rouse
Project 53 opens in Stockport Market Place
New Cloudwater Tap opens
Preview of Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2019
CAMRA Discounts
September Pub of the month - Bakers Vaults, Stockport Market Place with Margaret O'Brien
October Pub of the month - Navigation, Heaton Norris with Jim Flynn
Stagger - Higher Hillgate with Peter Edwardson
Curmudgeon - You Could Be Next; Hotting Up For Lager

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July/August 2018 edition

Stockport Beer & Cider Festival Rpund-up
Wellington Free House Opens in Stockport
Micro-bar in Ashton-u-Lyne market
Heritage pubs - Swan with Two Necks, Stockport
     - Crown Inn, Glossop
     - Queens Head, Stockport
Top Award for Old Hall Inn
July Pub of the month - Midland Hotel - Heaton Mersey with John Sutcliffe
August Pub of the month - Sidings - Levenshulme with Margaret O'Brian
Stagger - Cheadle Hulme
Curmudgeon - You Could Be Next

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March/April 2018 edition

Mild Magic 2018
Stockport & South Manchester Pub of the Year - Blue Bell on Barlow Road in Levenshulme
Huge success for Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
Two Awards for Petersgate Tap in Stockport
New openings - Station Hop, Levenshulme
     - Head of Steam in Didsbury
     - Crafty Pint in Stalybridge
     - RedWillow, new bar in Buxton
Northumberland Arms re-opens in community ownership
Stockport & South Manchester Club of the Year - Wythenshawe Club in Northenden
Stockport Beer & Cider Festival - News and Entertainment Preview
Beer Cities Forum - National Platform for Stockport Beer Week
High Peak Winter Pub of the Season - Jakes Ale House in Romiley
Heritage Pubs - The Plough, Hyde Road, Gorton
     - Stalybridge Station Buffet
     - Tollemache Arms, Mossley
March Pub of the month - Flying Coach, Hazel Grove with Bob Stukins
April Pub of the month - Victoria, Withington, with Jim Flynn
Stagger - Gatley & Cheadle with Matthew Thompson
Stagger Online - Burnage & Heaton Mersey with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - A Matter of Taste; Good Money After Bad

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January/February 2018 edition

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
Heritage Pubs - Blossoms, Buxton Road, Heaviley; Crown, Heaton Moor Road
Local Stars in National Finals - Wigan Central; Cricketers; Flixton Conservative Club
Cider Awards
Stockport Beer Week
High Peak Club of the Year - Royal British Legion Club, Poynton
January Pub of the month - Vale Cottage in Gorton with David Hanson
February Pub of the month - James Watts in Cheadle with Stuart Ballantyne
Stagger - Reddish & Heaton Chapel - with Jerry Wicken
Stagger Online - Hazel Grove North with John Sutcliffe
Curmudgeon - Nobody Else Has Complained

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Submitting copy?

Guidelines for submitting information to Opening Times

Each issues is laid out in the first few days of the preceding month, with final copy required by the 10th of that month.
For example, to be included in the May issue, inform the editor by April 1st, with the final copy to the editor by April 10th.

Copy is accepted in most common formats, for example:
     Documents: Word (.DOC or .DOCX), text (.TXT)
     Graphics and photos: .JPG, .PNG, .GIF, .BMP

All graphics should ideally be in hi-resolution, 100% (no compression) format or PDF with fonts included format.


John Clarke, John Clarke, 45 Bulkeley Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9HD
Tel 0161 477 1973
E mail:

Advertising Rates

Advertising is now handled by Matelot Marketing who publishes Opening Times on behalf the Stockport & South Manchester Branch of CAMRA. Advertising matters can be discussed with the editor by emailing He is happy to advise about such things as size and format of advert, content and production of graphics if you are unable to do this yourselves.

Matelot Marketing can be contacted via

Rate Card

Opening Times is published bi-monthly and receives contributions from the High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire Branch and the Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch.

5,500 copies are distributed across Stockport, South and East Manchester (except Chorlton and Hulme) and Tameside. There are also numerous outlets in Macclesfield and East Cheshire, Manchester City Centre, Glossop and North West Derbyshire.

Eighth page£65 + VAT9.00cm6.30cm
Quarter page£105 + VAT 9.00cm13.00cm
Half page - vertical£175 + VAT9.00cm27.00cm
Half page - horizontal£175 + VAT19.00cm13.00cm
Full page£275 + VAT 19.00cm27.00cm
Full page - no border£275 + VAT21.00cm + bleed29.70cm + bleed

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Available for ¼ page and above:

  • 10% for a run of three or more
  • 15% for a run of six or more
  • The runs do not have to be consecutive

Pre-prepared artwork
This can be accepted in most formats but ideally hi-res 100% JPEG or PNG (no compression) alternatively PDF with fonts included format.
Artwork should be sent to
Final copy date for artwork is 15th of the preceding month (e.g. 15 February for the March/April issue.

Queries to:
Local contact: John Clarke ( , 0775 383 6898)
Matelot Maketing: Neil Richards OBE ( , 07710 281381)