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News from pubs across the branch area.

News from The Wharf, Castlefield....



We're planning a few interesting evenings over the coming months at the Wharf in Castlefield. The first of these will be a "Meet The Brewer" session with Weetwood ales, brewer of Wharf favourite 'Cheshire Cat'. We'll be sampling a variety of their ales and hearing about how they're brewed, so I do hope you'll join us for an evening of self-improvement while tickling the tastebuds. It promises to be a pleasantly social occasion, and you'll have ample time to conduct further research at the bar afterwards.

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th February. We would ask for a £5 deposit which we will return to you on the night, so do please pop in and put your name on the list. 

All the best,

Siobhan and the Wharf crew

The ever improving Real Ale scene in Flixton has been boosted by the addition of two pubs that were, for a long time, “Cask Ale Deserts”.


The arrival, just over 12 months ago, of Vicky & Brian O’Keefe as the new management team at The Garrick’s Head on Moorside Road (virtually opposite Trafford General Hospital) has really helped in getting real ale established in the pub and the quality of the beers served has already resulted in it being awarded the Cask Marque.

Three handpumps now grace the single long bar, and recent offerings have included Wells Bombardier, Sharp’s Doombar, Wychwood Hobgoblin and beers from Thwaites and Young’s.

The beers are proving popular with both their regular and new customers.  


Already well known locally for its live music and its screening of live sports, The Garrick is now gaining itself a well deserved reputation for its choice and quality of cask ale.


From The Garrick, a short stroll down to the other end of Brook Road brings you to Flixton Road and to the Bird i’th Hand.


The Rope & Anchor on Paddock Lane in Dunham Massey has just gained Cask Marque accreditation for their real ales.

The JW Lees house is best known as a dining venue but has been making a major effort to improve the quality of their ale offering which has culminated in the Cask Marque. They have joined a growing number of Lees pubs which offer 50p off a pint of cask ale every Monday.

They also have a presence on both twitter (@Rope_anchor) and facebook (facebook.com/RopeAndAnchor) where they post news of changes to their beers & menu as well as special events at the pub.

There are new tenants at Holt's Volunteer Hotel in Sale. Former hosts Jim & Tracy Roberts left the Cross Street pub at the end of September and have been replaced by Debby & Eddie Scott.

The couple have a long association with Sale having moved to the area from the North East of England 26 years ago and are really pleased to be back in the area they view as home. They have been in the pub trade for many years with an impressive list of pubs behind them - Stretford's Melville, The Kingsway in Levenshulme to name just two.

They have moved to Sale from another Holt's pub, The Grafton Arms in the shadow of Manchester Royal Infirmary. The couple don't have plans to make significant changes to the pub - the Thursday night quiz will remain as will Saturday's disco & karaoke - and their long experience should make sure that the ale remains in the same excellent condition.

Orange Tree - Looking at Bar owner Orange TreeAltrincham's Orange Tree re-opened on October 8th. As reported previously, the pub has been taken over by Chris Clish who has overseen the  revival of Chorlton's Beech Inn. Chris has gone into partnership with Gabrielle Burns-Smith, formerly his manager at The Beech Inn and  her partner James Dainty to take the lease of the Enterprise Inns pub. The pub has undergone an extensive refurbishment lasting two  months and is now a much smarter affair than it was previously.

Externally the rather garish orange colour scheme has been replaced with a much more subdued green while internally the is a mix of  stripped brick walls and plain grey plaster. On entering the pub, seven handpumps flank the corner of the bar in front of you. Five  dispense real ale with two given over to cider. Three regular ales are Landlord, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin Thwaites Wainwright while when the branch's Altrincham Market social called on October 17th, the guests were Dorset's Otter Amber & Rudgate Ruby Mild. Gabby told us that their is an eighth  line installed but they are physically struggling to fit the pump in. She also told us that while none was available on our visit, they  will be aiming to have at least one local brew available - beers from Mobberley Fine Ales have been going well and they also had  Beartown in the cellar.