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News from pubs across the branch area.

The pubs in Sale West and Ashton on Mersey are once again accessible by Public Transport in the evening. From the 8th April the

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service has been re-routed to run via Ashton on Mersey meaning that the following real ale pubs are now easily accessible by public transport.

On Mondays to Saturday there is a 30 minute service through the day and early evenings, then every hour with last bus back to Altrincham departing from Ashton on Mersey at 11:15, and in the reverse direction towards the Trafford Centre being slightly earlier at  22:51 but still late enough for an enjoyable drink and meal.

More information including full timetables and service maps are available on the TFGM web site here

On Saturday the 2nd December 2017 the Quarry Bank, Timperley was seriously damaged by a fire. According to "Altrincham Today" fire crews arrivde at 4.45 PM and were still there at 7.45PM. The pub reopened for business the following day, with parts of the lounge cordoned off. Its not clear at present what effect this will have on the opening hours or serivces available.. 

Barry, the Landord of the Belgium Bar has contacted Trafford & Hulme Camra to say that Real Ale is now on offer again and there should be two handpumps operating from this week. If this is successfull he has promised to add more. In addition the range of UK "Craft" beers has been expanded.

He has also informed us that a discount will be available to CAMRA members.

Whilst out on the Brooklands Crawl, one of the cohort was approached by a man who asked "Are you the beer lady'?
 
His name is Dave Biss and he is taking over the Robinsons House, The Railway in Sale on 23rd March.  His last position was Steward of the United Services Club in Sale and before that he worked at the Old Market Tavern in Altrincham.  He has been in the trade for 10 years now.
 
Robinsons have told him that the pub has had issues over the past couple of years so he has to build the trade back up.  Indeed, when he went to view it before he took it on there was no cask ale available as no one had ordered any.
 
He is up for the challenge and is looking forward to welcoming CAMRA members.
 
Trafford wish him well in this new venture and hope that he will soon have some Cask Ale conditioned for use to enjoy!

Flixton’s Fox & Hounds is under new management with Andy Flynn taking over in mid-March. Andy is a active CAMRA member who regularly enjoys a busman’s holiday serving and cellaring at CAMRA festivals, including at January’s Manchester Beer & Cider Festival. He is no stranger to the pub game either having been at the helm of the Bird i'th Hand in Hindley, Wigan for the last four years.

The new management immediately brought back cask ales and when we called a few days into Andy’s tenancy, two cask ales from Theakston’s were on offer - Atlantic Red and Vanilla Stout. The selection will rotate from the guest list provided by owners Star Inns - aka Heineken – so Heineken’s own Caledonian brewery will be likely to feature – with the aim of increasing the range available once a modest refurbishment project has been completed. There is a quiz on Monday evenings from 9 pm and weekends will feature live music karaoke on Friday nights & professional singers on Saturdays.