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Stamford Arms, Stalybridge


6 May 2015 10:41

The Old 13th Cheshire Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge

Popped in after hearing that this place was making an effort. They have a couple of real ales on, from local breweries, plus a decent selection of bottled beers from UK, USA and Europe. Worth a visit.

24 Apr 2015 12:00

The Buffet Bar, Stalybridge

Visited the "new" Buffet Bar recently. Nothing has changed, except the range of Oustanding Brewery's stout, pils and wheat beers on draught, replacing the major brands.
Having had bad experiences in the pub before, hopefully the new owners can get to grips with the heaving masses that come in on weekends and occasionally make getting served impossible.

28 Nov 2012 11:49

The Crown, Glossop

This is a proper locals pub. The beer is cheap and well kept. The pub has a standing bar area, vault and lounge, all uncahnged for decades. This is a Sam Smiths pub, so don't expect extra trimmings or etiquette. The locals are friendly but can be noisy in the bar and vault. Most of the Sam Smiths range is available in bottled form, if not available on draught. Excellent!!

25 Jun 2012 11:13

The Rising Sun, Mossley

The pub has definitely become a fixture for real ale in the Tame Valley. Beer always well kept and sensibly priced with a good selection available.

25 Jun 2012 10:54

Vale Inn, Bollington

An excellent place to stop for lunch when taking the family on the Middleham Way cycling. Good home cooked food and a beer brewed on site by the Bollington Brewery. Beers are of a high standard and off sales can be purchased at the bar.

25 Jun 2012 10:43

The Globe Hotel, Glossop

The big attraction of this place should be the onsite vegan brewery. The Imperial Stout looks superb and the first mouthfull matches. By half way down the pint there is an odd after taste over powering all other flavours. Blondie is thin, little malt or hop flavour and the same funny aftertaste. This pub is still worth a visit, it has a great atmosphere and the very cheap (and tasty) vegan menu, but what should be the pubs jewel in the crown, the beer, is a big let down.

25 Jun 2012 10:32

Royal Oak, Oldham

This is an excellent pub. Well worth making the extra effort to find it. The beers are always well kept and the home cooked food is completely unpretentious and of a high standard. In the winter it feels very welcoming with the log fires burning away, a great place to get snowed in.

28 Jan 2011 11:12

The Railway Hotel, Greenfield

Very popular pub. Locals and a fair amount of customers who arrived by train pack the tap room and bar. Excellent well kept beer which obviously benefits from a quick turn over. Free live music regularly on in the bar. A proper pub.

7 Jan 2011 19:34

The Rising Sun, Mossley

Called in last night to see how the new pub looked. Had a very well kept pint of Tiger Rut. Considering the pub has been open for 2 weeks I couldn't believe how half finished the pub is, especially the toilets. It looks like whoever started the refurb got bored just as it was reaching completion. Unfinished painting, no locks on the toilet door (the toilet was clean though), bare walls in the bar area. Hopefully this will all be put right in near future because if not I fear people won't come back. If that happened it would be a shame because with all its features, log fires etc, it has the making of a great pub.

29 Oct 2010 11:15

The Tunnel End Inn, Marsden

A slightly old-fashioned feel to the pub, which is in no way a criticism. Popped early Friday evening for a pint, draught Bass which was okay, and the atmosphere was very much like a village pub. Worth seeking out.

19 Jul 2010 16:29

The Riverhead Brewery Tap, Marsden

Very popular and noisy pub with a great atmosphere (the noise is from people having a good time nothing else!). The beers brewed on the premises and the parent Ossett Brewery were available. All the ones I tried were good, without being brilliant, Ossett probably had the edge. The food in the restaurant up stairs was excellent and definitely not pub grub.

19 Jul 2010 16:13

The Diggle Hotel, Diggle

I have been coming in here irregularly for years. The beer is always spot on. I had my first pint of Landlord in here some 20 plus years ago, which was a bit of a Road to Damascus moment at the time where beer was concerned. My view of the pub is without doubt rose tinted.

19 Jul 2010 16:06

The Old Nags Head, Edale

This pub is in an superb position and from the outside looks like a country pub should. However, it has the feel of a "chain pub" when you enter and it is very much putting food first. 11.50 for Cumberland sausage which come with huge portions of chips, salad, onion rings etc. but I suspect all of it was oven ready . The beer was okay, they have their own Nag's Head range of ales. More to recommend than the nearby Rambler, but not much.

12 Jul 2010 15:09

The Rambler Country House, Edale

Popped in for a couple of halves early evening. Obviously a family food pub but they had four real ales on and the two I had were fine. Nothing to recommend about this place, but nothing bad about it either.

12 Jul 2010 14:57

The Castle Hotel, Hope Valley

Good selection of real ales in perfectly fine condition when I visited. I little pricey but to be expected considering the location. The only complaint is the one paced and unhelpful bar staff. In sympathy they seemed cheesed off with having to deal with irate customers who either hadn't had or had been given the wrong food order, while queues grew at the bar.

12 Jul 2010 14:53

The White Lion, Cray

A nice warm welcome awaits. Good beers and reasonably priced, good standard home cooked food. A real country pub.

6 Apr 2010 19:53

The Buffet Bar, Stalybridge

I agree with Foggyd about the staffing, but I have noticed it only seems to happen on a Friday night. If you go in at other times it is a good pub, with friendly (sometimes too talkative) bar staff. On a Friday there is a change of atmosphere and a "work to rule" attitude. Still worth a visit though, the place is unique.

3 Mar 2010 12:54

The Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

I had heard stories of the Baltic Fleet in Liverpool, but came across the pub by accident. Once spotted we made a beeline for it. What a great pub. The beer range was very good, all brewed on the premises. Got a guided tour from the very enthusiastic landlord/brewer. No argument on price for the beer, very fair. The bar food was a little over priced though.

4 Dec 2009 20:05

Coalbrookdale Inn, Coalbrookdale

Every time I go in this pub it never fails to impress. If eating or drinking, and it caters for both to a high standard, it is well worth a visit.

28 Aug 2009 12:36

The All Nations, Madeley

Three home brewed ales on when I visited. Had a pint of the dark mild which of which there were no complaints. 2.00 a pint for all home brewed beers I think I saw on the bar price list. If that is the case then it is very good value for money especially of you are drinking the stronger beers. This is a no nonsense traditional pub. Excellent.

28 Aug 2009 12:33

The Old Village Inn, Bembridge

Popped in while for a pint while in Bembridge on a Sunday evening. Very quiet when all the other pubs were packed with holiday makers eating. Had a decent enough pint of Abbott but was shadowed around the pub by what looked like the village junkie (or maybe he was on his annual vacation). Not a brilliant experience.

28 Aug 2009 12:22

The Bonchurch Inn, Bonchurch

A unique pub and for all good reasons. No guest beers, just well kept Courage Directors and Best straight from the cask. Go and see it for yourself. If you visit only one pub on while you are in the IOW I would make sure this is it. Gets very busy with food in the evening.

28 Aug 2009 12:13

The George Hotel, Glossop

An old pub with a very modern interior, which was empty when we visited. Beer was okay but the pub lacked a bit of atmosphere.

27 Jul 2009 13:51

The Star Inn, Glossop

A good selection of popular real ales when I visited. The ones I tried were well kept. Weel worth a visit.

27 Jul 2009 13:47

The Globe Hotel, Glossop

Can't recommend this place enough. A really friendly relaxed atmosphere and home brewed beer at very low prices. I popped in on a Wendesday evening and the place was very busy, unlike the other venues I visited on the same night. No surprise really, try a visit and see for yourself.

27 Jul 2009 13:44

The Fox, Chetwynd Aston

An excellent pub. 6 beers on when I visited. I tried three and all were on top form. The food is a little more upmarket but is very good. Huge beer garden.

6 Jul 2009 12:57

The Boundary, Audenshaw

Just been to the beer festival and paid 3.40 for a pint of beer. I don't mind paying over the odds, especially when the effort has been made but that is a joke. I won't be going back.

27 Jun 2009 10:04

The Boundary, Audenshaw

Always worth a try for a different beer. They seem to rotate fairly regularly and they are always well kept. At least two real ales on at any one time. The food is pricey for pub grub and not of a standard the prices warrant. Watch out for their beer festival in the car park in June, they are legendary in the local area.

24 Jun 2009 13:01

Stamford Arms, Stalybridge

An improving pub with the landlord making an effort with live music. Always at least one real ale on and always well kept. Live bands are on most weekends and the pub opens until 1.00am at weekends. The landlord likes his rock and punk music and so do most of the friendly regulars, and this is generally the theme of the pub. Good music, good beer and good company. Well worth a night out, if you like that sort of thing, which I do.

24 Jun 2009 12:50

The Prince Of Orange, Ashton Under Lyne

Couldn't agree with DomBoogie more. Not to everybodies taste but if you like your boozers basic, friendly and noisy, this is the place.

24 Jun 2009 12:42

The Old Swan, Netherton

Just about as good as a pub can be.

4 Jun 2009 13:42

Coalbrookdale Inn, Coalbrookdale

Excellent for beer and food. All the beer is well kept and usually local breweries. When you walk in the bar is right in front of you and a lot of the locals tend to stand there, turning to see who is coming in when the door opens. This, I agree with Mark_J, can make it feel a little like entering the Slaughtered Lamb, but I have only found the locals and the landlord friendly to new faces. There is no mobile phone signal available in the pub, which can be a bonus.

6 Jan 2009 13:35

The Tandle Hill Tavern, Middleton

Finally found this pub at the second attempt! A very cosy pub, log fires in both rooms, with a country feel even though it is on the Royton/Middleton border. Three J.W. Lees beers on draught in fine form. We had lunch which was cheap and cheerful. The only problem is getting to and from the place. You really need a 4 x 4 (the road is bad) or be prepared to walk from the main road. No public transport comes near. Would be a great place to get snowed in.

6 Jan 2009 13:18

The Grove Inn, Huddersfield

A huge selction of real ales and bottled beers. Tap room was busy when I visited on a Tuesday afternoon! Well worth the short walk out of the town centre. Be prepared to stay for longer than expected, there is so much choice.

6 Jan 2009 13:04

The Head of Steam, Huddersfield

Good place to wait for the next train. Small but well kept selection of real ales. It feels like most customers are just passing through, which is probably the case. This also may be due to the fact that it still feels like a waiting room.

6 Jan 2009 12:58

Mother Macs, Manchester

Tucked away city centre local serving Hydes. All walks of life seem to come and go, and if the stories are to be believed it has a gruesome past.

19 Nov 2008 16:10

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Still closed.

19 Nov 2008 16:07

The Gullivers, Manchester

Popped in for a pint when the Castle was shut. Decent pint of Lees and friendly staff. The sort of place easy to walk by but no complaints. Good pool tables.

19 Nov 2008 16:05

Bar Fringe, Manchester

Still the best place to drink in Manchester City Centre!

19 Nov 2008 16:01

The Crescent, Salford

Looks a little run down from the outside, and the inside come to think of it, but it is the friendly atmosphere and good beer that stand this pub apart. Good cheap homecooked food also available.

19 Nov 2008 15:54

The Kings Arms, Salford

Good old fashioned looking boozer with good choice of beers. An excellenet place to sit in the afternoon and listen to the very varied and good piped music.

19 Nov 2008 15:47

The New Oxford, Salford

Tremendous selection of ales on tap. All the ones we tried were well kept.
The pub is very clean and well run. It does have a cafe feel to the which seems to attract more than just tickers and boozers.

19 Nov 2008 15:43

The Buffet Bar, Stalybridge

Wobblybob thanks for the mention. I didn't realise anybody actually read these! I admit I was a little over the top in my criticism. It is my local pub and at times the service is not at it's best. That one night the service was crap and I was a bit annoyed. I will remove my comment, if I can.

10 Oct 2008 16:49

The Cover Bridge Inn, Leyburn

Very nice country pub. 7 real ales on when I visited. Good home cooked Sunday Roast, eaten in the very nice beer garden overlooking the river. Well worth a visit. Children's outdoor play area.

26 Aug 2008 18:38

The Castle Tavern, Richmond

Awful, too bad to even go into. Give this place a wide berth. I'll give them 1 point for selling beer.

26 Aug 2008 18:34

Wight Mouse Inn, Chale

Big pub catering, very efficiently and a little expensively, for the family trade. Huge beer garden and indoor kids play area, all immaculate. I ordered food and then went straight to the bar for beers, all from Hall & Woodhouse and well kept. As I returned to my seat the food was already being served at the table. If the food was cooked fresh in that time the chef must be a genious! No complaints on quality though.

19 Aug 2008 13:34

The Vine Inn, St Helens

Popped in a couple of times when on holiday. Beer range was always changing and in good conditon. Good live band on Fridays. I would give the food a miss though.

19 Aug 2008 13:20

The Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole

Hard to think of a more enjoyable place to have a pie and a pint, sat in the elevated beer garden with the sun shining. Very busy and justifiably so. Just off the path between Glaisdale and Goathland, an unmissable stop. Get there early to get a seat!

20 May 2008 13:35

The British Protection, Stalybridge

Good local boozer. Landlord keeps real ales from the Banks/Jennings/Marston portfolio. Good pub to watch sport in. Tap room is often boisterous without ever getting intimidating.

20 May 2008 13:15

The Royal Oak, Millbrook

No real ale, but some acceptable beers and good wine list. The food is very, very good for a pub.

20 May 2008 13:07

Bar Fringe, Manchester

Possibly the best bar in city centre Manchester.

19 May 2008 13:20

The Cheshire Ring, Hyde

The Landlord is keen to please and does his best to keep a good range of beers. Usually has 3-4 Beartown beers, plus 2-3 guests and cider/scrumpy. Good selection of foreign beers too. A good knowledgeable crowd of beer drinkers frequent when open at lunch times. On the downside the pub needs some investment on a refurb. It is a big pub and a lick of paint won't restore it to it's former glory. It has a general feeling of an edge of town forgotten pub. Well worth a visit if you are in Hyde.

12 May 2008 13:31

The Lowes Arms, Denton

LAB brewery has stopped brewing it seems and, re-opend as Dane Town? No home brew on when I visted which wasn't a bad thing(I was never a fan a LAB beers). Guest beer range from Hornbeam and Three Rivers. The food looks good, but the layout often leaves the drinker feeling that he has nowhere to sit without getting in the way.

12 May 2008 13:17

The Ashton Arms, Oldham

A great place to escape for a pint while out shopping. Not the best looking pub, inside or out, but don't let that put you off. There are no pretentions to be anything other than a pub catering for the real beer drinker. At least six constantly changing real ales, an oasis of real ale of in town centre Oldham.

12 May 2008 13:04

The Woodend Tavern, Mossley

Two reals ales on sale that are always from Millstone, Greenfield or Shaws (occasional), the three local breweries. I know that only two beers may sound dissapointing but they are always in tip top condition. How many family friendly pubs usually have a decent pint of beer?
The food is all home made and is good value pub grub. A great place for sitting outside in the good weather and letting the kids have a run around in the large garden.

12 May 2008 12:50

The Buffet Bar, Stalybridge

Visited Saturday 3rd May and the place was a disgrace. Uneaten plates of food and dirty glasses left on tables. These were missed/ignored on at least two attempts by the bar staff to tidy up. Got that old invisible feeling at the feeling at the bar. Stood there for a good 10 minutes trying to get served. This was early evening, so it was not even busy. The bar staff not making eye contact no matter how hard you try, while talking endlessly to regulars. This should, and with a little effort could, be the best pub for miles. To top it all when the man next to me finally got served his 8/10th of pint of Landlord he asked for it to be topped up and they did so, with Millstone Pig & Whistle. He won't have the cheek to ask again!
Bone idle bar staff with a bad attitude who spend more time in the car park smoking than behind the bar. You can see exactly where they smoke, it is littered with fag ends.

6 May 2008 16:52

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