Altrincham's The Orange Tree re-opened on 26th February 2016. The new leaseholder is Adam Greaves.

Four cask beers are on offer, all priced at £2.80 a pint. The core range for now is Adnam's Ghost Ship, Sharp's Doom Bar, Greene King IPA and Copper Dragon Golden Pippin. There are longer term plans for one or two guest beers and a real cider or perry.

The back room  (the one that leads to the beer garden) has a wood burning real fire.

Morley Cheeks at the top of Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton has made some changes in the cellar team that have seen expansion and diversification of the cask ale range. An improvement in both quality and choice is on the cards.

On a recent visit, Arbor’s Triple Hop was on the bar alongside Red Rocker from Cromarty brewery and the re-instated permanent Wainwright, with a Blackjack beer lined up to replace the Arbor.

We look forward to seeing what this new dawn brings as the overall standard in Chorlton continues to push the expectations for individual bars to a higher level, which is only good for beer drinkers.

On Easter Saturday the branch sets off for an extensive amble round the many pubs of Altrincham.

Following is an approximate itinerary for the day.

12:00 George & Dragon
12:30 Wheatsheaf
13:15 Old Market Tavern
13:45 Orange Tree
14:15 Old Roebuck
14:45 Malt Shovels
15:15 Station
15:45 Bricklayers
16:15 Pi
17:00 Jack in the Box
17:30 Conservative Club
18:15 Unicorn
18:45 Cheshire Tap
19:15 Costellos
19:45 Embrace
20:15 Craftsman
Finish: Barringtons

Chorlton can already claim to be one of the premier destinations in the whole country for the beer lover and it’s still getting better.

In February, the former Crema cafe on Manchester Road reopened as Mary & Archie – an offshoot of the successful West Didsbury bar. The unusually shaped bar (the cellar access is actually below the bar) has four hand pulls while the back bar has a font wall with 9 taps. A packed out opening night saw local brews from First Chop and RedWillow lining up alongside London’s Five Points Railway Porter on the pumps, with Blackjack, Cloudwater, Tweed, Siren and Titanic Plum Porter amongst the many top breweries to have featured in the first few weeks.

The bar, which is situated on corner of Kensington Road between the existing Pi and Font bars, is a family affair with Elli Peake at the helm, her brother Tom looking after the kitchen and mum Bev in the background – the same team who set up the original 5 years ago. Larger than its Burton Road sibling, there is seating for around 50 inside while outside there is a large wrap-around terrace that looks set to be a premier Chorlton destination in the warmer months.

Breakfast is served daily until 3pm, with range of mains including daily specials served all day. Those missing their Sunday Roast at Wetherspoons can head to Mary & Archie instead where their Sunday deal offers a roast dinner and a pint of ale for £12. Should you have a sweeter tooth, you can choose from a selection of cakes and brownies from the award winning Silver Apples bakery.

Wigan Beer Festival LogoOn Saturday 5th. of March the branch will be taking a trip to the annual Wigan Beer Festival at Robins Park Sports Hall

The festival opens from 11:30am to 10pm.

Entry is free to card carrying members, £2 otherwise.

Trains to Wigan are plentiful and cost less than a fiver, also combined tram and train tickets for the day will save a few pennies.

Trains leave from either Piccadilly or Victoria, the 10:24 and 11:22 from Picc. calls in at Oxford road and Deansgate, there are then 4 trains in the next hour from Vic. Then the 11:16 again from Picc. which is direct to Wigan North West station which as you may know is close to the Wallgate station anyway.

There will be a free shuttle bus to the venue from Hallgate which is near the bus station and the pickup point is the lay-by opposite the post office , it is free but a donation bucket will be on board to help subsidise the cost to the bus company.

The venue is actually in the opposite direction from station to the pickup point and you may prefer to take a stroll along the canal passing the famous ‘pier’, the venue itself is only about a 15-20 minutes walk from either station.

Please be aware the Robins park complex is close to the DW stadium where Wigan Athletic will playing at home to Peterborough so this may affect transport.

The fancy dress or ‘theme’ for the day for those who indulge in such frivolity is ‘at the beach’, at GBBF a reveller was escorted from the premises for sporting a mankini, you have been warned.

For the beer list and other details of the festival visit: https://wiganbeerfestival.wordpress.com/

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