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Trafford and Hulme’s second midweek outing took us down the line to the town of Macclesfield famous as the Silk Town and also the Treacle Town, apparently a cartload of the gooey substance was once overturned in the street and the residents of the time came out in force to scoop it all up.

First stop had to be the Waters Green Tavern because a. it is a stones throw from the station b. it was open and c. it’s a damn fine pub, we were not disappointed, more hand pumps than you could shake a stick at, Barnsley Bitter and Salopian Oracle were our choices to go with our meals which were to be fair pricy but good.

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Cross the road and you enter the Old Millstone, not much to report here, a hasty half of black sheep and we were off up the hill to the vicinity of the town square. Here we found the Five Clouds Tap and Bottle a newer place in the now familiar ‘shop front’ type, one hand pump dispensing Track Sanoma and a number of keg lines of varying strengths and styles one of which was Thornbridge Hellas Lager sampled by one of our number.

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Setting of now down the hill past the splendid town hall from the Georgian era, 1823 to be exact, through the busy shopping district to the lower part of town and into the Jolly Sailor, a pub full of quirky artefacts we sat at a very shiny wooden table which seemed much too good for us to be putting our pint pots on. There was a good choice on the bar as well, Draught Bass, Harvest Pale and a couple from Storm Brewing, we stayed a while here and took in the surroundings. A curiosity on the windowsill next to us appeared to be Japanese in origin it looked like a soup or tea urn in the middle of two plate holders with small paraffin or candle heaters underneath them attached at either side. Scattered around the walls among the days gone by photos were musical instruments old and new, none of us are musical enough to play anything so we just admired them.

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Opposite now to the Snow Goose Cafe Bar multi roomed and multi layered run it seemed by two women with an eye for décor and furnishing which made every room different. Musical instruments hanging on the wall was again a feature but on this pleasant afternoon we sat in the back among old wooden casks and some interesting stone features. Beer once again featured Storm Brewing this time Hailstorm and Ale Force and a Moorhouses called Nick O Pendle a cycling reference I think

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No time really to visit anymore pubs and there are plenty, Macclesfield is very much a dormitory town and a lot of places didn’t open until 4pm so maybe next time or perhaps a Saturday trip to do the town justice.

 

Are you free on Tuesday 30th October?

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On 30th October hundreds of CAMRA members will descend on Parliament to lobby their MPs in a national day of action.

We will be asking MPs to commit to the following CAMRA campaigns:

- Axeing plans to increase beer duty in the upcoming Autumn Budget. 

- A permanent business rate relief for pubs in the upcoming Autumn Budget.

- An urgent review of the Pubs Code so that the Market Rent Only option becomes a genuine choice for tenants. 

Interested in taking part? Click here to download our FAQs document on the timings of the day, being a delegate and claiming travel expenses..

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th November 2018

The Chorlton Challenge is the annual survey of Chorlton's 24 pubs and bars which serve cask ale.

Spread over two days, the challenge is to visit all 24 pubs but if you can't make the full weekend just drop in when you feel you can to support your local pubs. If you know the area then it may be a chance to visit pubs you don't regularly go to.

The final itinerary for 2018 is below.

All times approximate. If need to check where we are up to, call 07957 157292 or 07879 880972

Click here for map of pub locations

The branch has recently been informed of the sad loss of one of its long-standing members, Mike Kerr, who lost his fight with cancer on Wednesday the 18th July. 

Mike Kerr

Mike was most active with the branch during the branch’s early 2000s renaissance under the chairmanship of Neil Worthington and Beverley Gobbett but continued to keep in touch right up to this year.

Some may remember him best turning up at St Clements Church with the volunteers food in his wonderful old green sports car.  It didn’t have much of a boot so he would have a box fastened in on the passenger seat.

Before his health began to deteriorate, he was a very active in surveying pubs, keeping the branch up to date with news of pubs at the southern end of our area, and generally banging the drum for good ale in good pubs.

Mike was one for doing things by the rule book, especially when we'd written the rule book ourselves. Many a meeting was put back on track by Mike reminding the meeting that the branch had responsibilities to CAMRA nationally.

Former branch member Dominic Driscoll, now brewer at Thornbridge Brewery remembered Mike thus: “Awkward sod that stuck to his guns but very much a believer in the cause. He was a kind man though, I liked him a lot. Always had time for me, even though I was the young whippersnapper."

Mike is pictured in 2007 with Jackie Bardsley at the Quarry Bank in Timperley. The branch were invited to have a membership stand at the pubs own beer festival so that we could introduce ourselves to the local residents and Mike stepped up to a weekend in the pub.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Liz and their family.

The following changes were reported at the August Branch Meeting.

  • The Gardeners Arms in Timperley has re-opened.
  • Two Sam Smiths pubs, the Windmill in Carrington and the Red Brook in Partington are both s boarded up and the car park entrance blocked.  
  • The Imbibe in Urmston is still being refurbished 
  • The Num6er in Sale is all keg
  • Greene King have opened the Bramley Farm, a new Harvester style pub on Sinderland Road in Broadheath
  • The Fox and Hounds in Flixton has cask ales.
  • The Old Plough in Ashton on Mersey offers a Hydes Loyalty card, with 10% discount, to those over 60 years of age.
  • Also  in Ashton on Mersey the Buck has a loyalty card whereby the 8th pint is free.
  •  Marble Beer House in Chorlton has been sold and is now operating as the “Beer House”. It continues to sell Marble beers and has the same manager as previously.
  • The Three Legs of Man in Hulme and the Temple Inn in Sale are not selling real ale.
  • Co-op and M&S are promoting “local” beers including some bottle conditioned examples.

If you have any pub news please e-mail it to pubnews <at> thcamra.org.uk

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