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Gardeners Arms, Timperley

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user reviews of the Gardeners Arms, Timperley

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I never stopped going in for a drink even when the pub fell from grace after Mr Ross left
It has certainly been on the up under the current management, decent home cooked food from a good, simple menu and well kept selection of beers.
Continues to cater for its regulars without excluding those who are visiting for the first time or returning after moving temporarily to the Trooper, Quarry or wherever
Well done whoever finally decided to give the place a bit of TLC
boddies_drinker - 22 Oct 2015 11:33
Re-opened and refurbished without losing its character. Serving food.
Much improved and heading back to its former glory; many of the locals returning along with new faces.
Finger's crossed it keeps the momentum up.
Altfish - 14 Apr 2014 07:40
currently closed for refurbisment, reopening april 2014
landlady and landlord,lived in timperley for 50 years and hoping to return the pub
back to former glory
ed1 - 19 Mar 2014 07:41
The Gardeners Arms is changing hands again, but this time with a promise of some money being spent on it.
Due to close for the whole of March, re-opening in April.

Fingers crossed, the new landlord/lady are locals and know the area and clientele.
Altfish - 23 Feb 2014 14:28
Not the friendliest of places. The beer was average at best and they don't seem to like people they don't know. I won't be returning.
Dannythepubcritic - 11 Apr 2013 20:27
Was very full yesterday with United in the large main bar and City in the side bar. The Deuchars IPA was poor, but the Black Sheep was OK
oftenscore6 - 27 Dec 2010 13:27
Always in for the footie or for a quick pint but still not somewhere I'd go for a night.

My two main gripes would be the number of times the pub has run out of beer recently especially last time during the football when the pub was busy and should have been making a decent sum.

Secondly,cutting staff to save money is fine but try to cater more in the busier times such as footie or quiz night as otherwise people will go elsewhere or drink less but still take advantage of the free footie

It's my local but it's not offering anything more than the railway club at present which is now stocking locally brewed Dunham beers
boddies_drinker - 19 Feb 2010 14:17
Went in yesterday and it was busy and the football was on

Adam and Yvette are making a good go of turning this pub around, they are doing really well.It was busy yesterday...............

Support your local or lose it!!!!
woody123 - 8 Feb 2010 16:51
Beer very much improved of late and a distinct absence of a "chav" element, very enjoyable couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, despite the football scores
boddies_drinker - 21 Dec 2009 09:44
Good to hear some positive vibes…..

Admittedly we’ve been in a lot less this year which has coincided with the new management but that has solely been down to lack of funds on our part and not going out at all rather than choosing to drink/spend our money elsewhere.

One of the biggest problems is the lack of "dialogue" between the pub owners/regulars on the one hand and local residents on the other, in terms of

1) Dealing with any issues such as the smoking at the front, general appearance of the pub, introduction of the “chav” element (where did they all used to drink ?) etc
But also
2) Letting people know what’s going on in the pub (the sandwich boards go up sometimes) and that it’s been taken over and will hopefully get better with some local support. Currently it doesn’t look welcoming or inviting and I don’t know of many people who would “chance it” by popping in for a pint or two, so the majority of patrons are “regulars” (I know of a few people who raise their eyebrows when I say I drink in the Gardeners and who think it is a little intimidating).

Perhaps delivering flyers/leaflets to surrounding streets might help, letting people know what’s on offer and also inviting additional suggestions as to how to improve the pub as a whole for the local community, particularly when you’ve almost got a new “community” with the flats at the Bridge being occupied now.

They could do with the opening times up in the window so they can be seen from the street as well as a “What’s On” list to accompany the sandwich board announcements


boddies_drinker - 19 Oct 2009 13:41
oh and another point to add to that is that they have now employed cleaners, to come in everyday of the week.
barmaidatga - 17 Oct 2009 11:55
I know alotof people are losing faith with the pub due to the increase in chavs, the lack of beer, the pub not really looking fantastic and the list goes on, but, the current owners, current barstaff and also the regulars of the pub that do not want it to en up shutting down are all working together on this one to bring the pub up to its full potential!!! The things tht have been going wrong recently and what has been put into place to resolve it:
- ceilling in the vault area - all been re plastered, just needs a lick of paint now.
- lack of beer - the beer order has now been left to someone who knows how much beer the pub sells and so with regards to running out, i dont expect that to happen anytime in the near future as long as he has the control.
- no heating - the boiler was fixed yesterday and so we now have heat in the pub!!!
- outside the pub - a couple of the local regulars have very kindly started to redo the outside of the pub plant wise, the hedges are all being cut back, the window boxes re planted, new hanging baskets.
things are getting sorted but slowly. please everyone who appreciates that pub for what it was, watch this space for more updates! Give it a chance and if there are any more ideas, or things that you feel need to be addressed, please let me know and i can forward them to the appropriate people!!! thanks
barmaidatga - 17 Oct 2009 11:53
Haven't been in much over the summer which is unusual for us

Where are things up to with the place ?

From outside very little appears to have changed, still needs fully painting, still got people smoking out the front, car park still
quite scruffy and other side car park looks like a scrapyard

They still appear to advertise the odd footie match but not all of them, so I guess the Railway Club (which is now welcoming non-members
for footie is taking some of this custom too)

At present, if it's just a quick pint or two, the option of a cheap drink at home is winning the argument unfortunately.

Given that it changed hands in February I would have expected a few more changes by now and it does appear that the long-term future looks bleak
boddies_drinker - 2 Oct 2009 15:48
LOL, What did i say?
YoungApprentice - 28 Sep 2009 14:44
The beer prices have increased but if u compare them to any of the other local pubs not including old peoples clubs and services clubs the pricers are still competative. the pub has recently just been taken over indeed and it takes time for the new managment to adapt to the locals and enviroment. you should all give this place time to repair from its previous tennants/owners
david2jedwin - 28 Jul 2009 08:34
New managing couple, new price increases, and i dont mean by 5p. I cant see it lasting.
YoungApprentice - 6 Jul 2009 15:39
The wide number of improvements carried out, not least the removal of the pool table (and with it the bulk of the chav element) are being detracted from by a policy of ignoring those "patrons" who are bringing their own cans/bottles into the pub.
You can't expect other people to come into the pub and be happy paying over £2 for a pint while people on the next table are drinking cans @ 70p-80p

It could be down to the problems with the draught beer and the odd stocking issue but it isn't really on

That said, it was very nice to be sat "out the back" on Friday teat-time as Ray brought round his homemade fayre
boddies_drinker - 1 Jun 2009 13:12
For those of you complaining about opening hours, they are now displayed (admittedly inside the pub)
It appears to open at 14:00 most days and go on until 23:00, late drinks on Thursday (23:30), Friday (24:00) and Saturday(01:00)

The Boddies has been very good this weekend.
Altfish - 18 May 2009 13:31
"It used to be a thriving local, pretty much working class but no bother"

That is a pretty good assessment of the place, it is a drinking house rather than somewhere you'll go for a lively,exciting night out, somewhere you'll pop for the purpose of a pint and a chat and little more.

Barmcakes do appear from time to time.

The refurb of the Trooper hit alot of the "middle of the road" trade who used to go in the Gardners along with the wider selection of real ales and food but the Trooper deals with customers rather than people

I guess we'll have to give the new management some time to see if the pub can start heading in the right direction
boddies_drinker - 24 Apr 2009 10:09
I'm a bit surprised to see all these negative comments on here, this pub used to be the nearest to my parent's shop on Brook Lane, so I know it well but not since the early 90's. It used to be a thriving local, pretty much working class but no bother, Boddingtons tied at the time. Shame to see it has gone a bit down. Hopefully someone will come in and restore the place to where it should be. It used to be a good real drinking house, certainly preferable to The Trooper. I won't leave a rating as I've not been in for ages but I'd hope the Gardeners can pick up and survive. No food? Ham, cheese, beef barmcakes will do a job around here.
Maldenman - 23 Apr 2009 20:22
Most of the locals are friendly, down to earth "working folk", a wine bar or up-market "pub" this is not (go to the Trooper or Wetherspoons instead)
A "Chav" element does seem to have crept back into the pub with a number of late teen and early twenty-somethings deciding to drink in the pub for whatever reason. I still think the pool table was a bad idea and perhaps should have been put in the vault and kept for league matches only.
Agreed the opening hours should be displayed along with a good idea of the events that are on during the week e.g Quiz Night etc. as only people who venture into the pub have an idea of what is going on and most information and posters are displayed inside.
They did have the Wi Fi for a while but I think it was taken out when the last owner sold the pub
Given alot of the negative comments from people who have ventured into the pub for the first time and presumably mainly coming from Cell Block H (aka the Bridge), it would appear that the pub is not doing a very good job of selling itself or attracting new clientele
boddies_drinker - 23 Apr 2009 16:35
I agree about the opening hours. People won't go to a pub on the off chance that it might be open. If they can't attract enough customers to make it worth opening in the mornings they should at least put the opening hours on display outside. The shelves were half empty and service was very slow. The car park was full of chavs and the dodgy looking regulars were gathered around the bar making us feel very unwelcome. As for Wi-Fi, I would be amazed if they know what it is.
weeleasewodderwick - 20 Apr 2009 18:18
I think it would help if the pub looked a bit more welcoming which may come with the redecoration of the outside although I would replace a couple more of the windows with clear glass to make it lighter inside and more obvious what's going on.
Prior to a marketing sweep it might be nice to put a couple of signs up in the window to show that there's a quiz on a Thursday and karaoke on a Saturday, then at least people know what's going on.
They also need to make it clear that the pub no longer serves food as I've been in on a number of occassions where people have walked in and walked out, particularly on a Sunday.
It perhaps needs something to pad out the quieter nights such as a pool team and darts team and maybe a weekend football team to pull people in on Saturday and more appropriately Sundays
boddies_drinker - 2 Apr 2009 10:11
I think you are being a bit unfair, Mobilesid.
For a long time this pub has been shut in the afternoon on a weekday; the market is just not there. I can understand your frustration, but look at it from the pubs point of view, it is not on a main road and doesn't serve food, if it is to remain open all afternoon it has to pay staff, light and heat the buiding. It is not worth it.
It is no super pub, but not worth writing off as you say you will. Try it on a Thursday evening when there is a quiz; Friday teatime is always busy too.

I can agree with you about marketing the pub, never understood that, even before the flats were there, it has undergone a bit of a makeover and once the new smoking shelter is fitted it should be complete. Perhaps that is the time to market.
Altfish - 1 Apr 2009 18:57
I have just moved to the area and i found this pub by doing an internet search for pubs in Timperley. I arranged to meet a few friends/family and ex-neighbours here at lunchtime Thursday for a few drinks before going into Manchester. I couldn't believe it when i got a call from a friend saying he was here but it was closed at 1.30pm. I had to start phoning everyone to quickly rearrange the meeting. They could have taken at least £200 from us in a few hours. This pub has a great catchment area with hundreds of houses and the new Bridge flats but nobody has done anything to attract customers. Surely it doesn't take too much brains to think of doing a leaflet drop to the new flats offering a meet the neighbours evening and maybe doing a buy one get one free deal. There are 150 flats at the Bridge, with two people in each flat thats 300 potential new regulars. With virtually no competition if they can't make it pay it must be down to bad management. You can't just close a business because you don't think you will get any customers. A pub has to be reliable. I certainly won't be using it.
mobilesid - 29 Mar 2009 20:57
The pub is changing hands again. Eric and June are leaving and heading to The Station in Bromley Cross.

Fingers crossed for good management taking over.
Altfish - 27 Feb 2009 22:27
They only open late as they don't employ many staff to keep costs down and therefore don't open at times when there is little if any trade to take on e.g. late morning/weekday lunchtimes given that the pub doesn't do food.it isn't worth their while to open at certain times of the week and more and more pubs are doing this to keep costs down.

The pub is to be taken over shortly so watch this space for any changes or improvements
boddies_drinker - 27 Feb 2009 14:48
One thing that really bugs me is a pub that opens when they feel like it. I arrived at 1pm on a Friday and it was closed. I won't bother returning.
eio - 6 Feb 2009 23:02
This pub would appear to be in danger of closing as no one wants to take the lease on, possibly because in order to attract more than the existing loyal clientele, there needs to be a substantial investment in the buildings and decor
boddies_drinker - 8 Jan 2009 13:17
S&N have put the pub up for sale according to the landlord, although I'm not 100% on the position as it is being advertised as lease available which would indicate that S&N intend keeping hold of it.
The landlord didn't seem keen to go but it would explain why there has been no investment in this pub since Eric/June took over,despite their valiant efforts to improve the pub following the last few landlords allowing the pub to decline.
Sad to say that if it doesn't sell/improve does it become more valuable as development land than a public house ?
Boddies was top notch in the sunshine yesterday
boddies_drinker - 14 Jul 2008 12:59
Yep, no worries about getting "chubbed" these days as there's the fall back of watching the aways on TV. Long may it continue.

Not sure whether the proposed development on the Battman site will have a negative or positive effect on this pub and its future (let's just hope the planning application gets turned down), I don't particularly want to be overlooked by a nursery,surgery and old folks home when I'm trying to relax with a pint
boddies_drinker - 31 Jan 2008 17:00
You can see every United match, home or away saturday at 3pm or not, in this classic boozer. Love it!
Phil_Smith - 23 Jan 2008 16:47
On the plus side,regular entertainment, attempts to improve the number of people using the pub with other events and the promise of food in the future.Some familiar faces appear to have returned.Welcoming to people with children and space to sit outside in the sun.

On the downside,the smoking ban means a regular group of people clustered,smoking,at the front of the pub which makes the pub look unappealing but also means running the gaunlet of smokers or going round the back to get in.
Doesn't seem to be attracting much "new blood" and without going in, you can't tell what the pub is like inside,which would appear to be putting non-regulars off
anonymous - 4 Jul 2007 13:01
The new landlord and landlady were just temporary, but they have now been appointed permanently.
That has to be good news.
Here's to the revival of a proper pub
anonymous - 27 Apr 2007 17:52
The beer in this pub has been improving daily since the new landlord and landlady took over.
Yesterday it was superb.
anonymous - 26 Mar 2007 18:42
Went in Sunday,landlady very pleasant and aiming to look after regulars while bringing in new custom.
They're being realistic and trying to build the pub up slowly, so here's to success.
Pub was cleaner with a view to reopening the kitchen in the future, beer garden looked alot safer than previous visits.
Just need to sort out the gents toilets and get a bit more light in the place, even if it means taking down some of the curtains
Will be frequenting on a more regular basis once the Spring and beer garden weather arrive,although the back room is to remain no-smoking so maybe we can go in there when we've got junior with us and the weather isn't brilliant (even more so after July 1st)
anonymous - 14 Feb 2007 12:49
If the work on the beer garden and replacing some of the frosted windows are the taste of things to come, then things do appear to be looking up
boddies_drinker - 5 Feb 2007 12:24
Yes, the pub duly opened at 8:00pm on Friday evening.
I went in for the first time yesterday evening.
Pub looks cleaner, new landlord, Eric, seems nice enough, I spoke to him more in 2-hours than I did to the last landlord in 2-years.

Hopefully, this is the beginning of the revival of this pub.

Altfish - 4 Feb 2007 13:31
According to the new Landlord it will re-open tomorrow (2nd February) or more likely Saturday (3rd)

See you in there.
Altfish - 1 Feb 2007 18:51
I noticed that, a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, lots of activity and lights inside but the doors remained closed...

Here's to a better run Gardeners sooner rather than later
boddies_drinker - 31 Jan 2007 12:33
Appears to be getting ready to re-open.
Much activity inside the pub.

Fingers crossed
Altfish - 31 Jan 2007 12:11
Hope they make a quick decision on what's happening with this place.Either get it revamped and reopened which is a gamble given the lack of passing trade and the fact it is a real locals local, or get something else done with it (but not Trafford giving more permission for flats).
Don't let it rot and get vandalised or attract the local scallies as a place to hang out.

Not the classiest pub in the world but living round the corner it was always handy and the enclosed beer garden meant we could pop in for a pint with our son and sit outside in the Spring/Summer
boddies_drinker - 23 Jan 2007 17:24
As of today, 19th January 2007, the pub is closed 'until further notice'.

anonymous - 19 Jan 2007 15:40
Boddies has been much improved on last couple of visits.
Not sure the pool table was a great idea as it does seem to attract the more "chav" related elements and the gangs who congregate at the back of the pub would scare off potential punters who don't usually go in on a regular basis
anonymous - 15 May 2006 13:12
Beer has changed back to Boddingtons.
Good free food on Fridays at about 6:00pm
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 22:05
Beer has changed to Theakstons.
Boddies was variable quality to say the least - ever since they closed the Strangeways Brewery?
anonymous - 24 Aug 2005 16:23
Quiz night still good, beer ok but not consistent.
Thankfully the Kareoke and music nights seem to have been scrapped. The music nights seemed to empty the best side into the vault. It was that bad they even had Jemini (Nul points) one night.
Still needs a lick of paint and alot of TLC, very much a locals pub.
anonymous - 16 Jun 2005 14:10
Quality kareoke and new management will hopefully give the place a kick up the ass to make it even better and hopefully he will have more evidence than the fact that someone is under the age of 50 when trying to blame someone for something!!!!
Harvey - 13 Jul 2004 17:00
Out of the way pub near the Deansgate railway crossing
Excellent hand pulled Boddingtons and the usual "suspects" in the lager and other drinks categories.

Very much a locals pub due to its location and could do with a lick of paint and a bit more light.On the other hand, an ideal place to go for a quiet drink and a chat, an excellent Quiz night on a Thursday and shows most of the major sporting events.
Within staggering distance of 2 tram stations.
Chris - 8 Oct 2003 11:35

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