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 Trafford branch recently enjoyed a social night out giving their Spring PotS award to The Volunteer Hotel on Cross Street, Sale. This impressive public house, first opened in 1898, however it stands on the site of an even earlier pub called the White Lion ,dating from 1807.  Now the property of Holts Brewery, the Volunteer Hotel got its name from the Ashton-on-Mersey / Sale Loyal Volunteers fighting force, raised to counter a threatened Napoleonic invasion of England in 1803. The Volunteers drilled on the nearby Sale Moor, just east of the present A56.

 

The present Licencees are Jim and Tracy Roberts. They are relative newcomers to the pub trade, but since taking over in July 2007 they have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Holts cask ales are served to the highest quality. They have done excellant work in expanding the range of ales they sell. Holts Mild, a one time regular in the pub has been re-introduced and they also stock the seasonal Holts craft ales, along with the standard bitter. Although the pub is situated on the side of the busy A56, it still retains its feel as a locals pub. Events during the month include a quiz night on Thursdays, folk and acoustic evenings on two Sundays in the month, a live act on a Saturday every fortnight. The pub also has a thriving and successful League Darts team. Trafford branch would like to thank Jim and Tracy for their hospitality on the evening, and for the splendid buffet they provided. Thanks also to their staff for keeping the beer flowing. Andy Jenkinson pictured Bev Rae ( Chairperson) with Jim and Tracy