Stockport is a canny little town with a rich choice of quality pubs, there are ten entries in this years ‘Good Beer Guide’, an excellent place for a good pub crawl. However I was here to visit Edgeley Park, the home of Stockport County aka ‘The Hatters’, but I did find time to squeeze in a wee pub crawl around the Market Place area of the town.
The town’s Wetherspoons pub is ‘The Calverts Court’ in St.Petersgate, named after the family which occupied this site in the late 19th century. On entry the pub reminded me of the Wetherspoons pub in Hyde, set up in a similar way with the bar to the right, tables to the left and a big floor space in between.
This JDW was nothing special, decked out in the usual red, cream and brown combo, the lass who served me was a right misery guts, she must have just started a double shift and had a face like a slapped arse. I must say that the pint I had was georgeous, I don’t know whether to give a 4 or 5 star rating, maybe with this being my first pint of the day, it maybe clouded my judgement, nudging it towards a top score, I won’t know until I get to try this pint again elsewhere.
supped – Bath Ales ‘Barnstomer’ (4.5%)**** +half
The Pack Horse is a traditional old fashioned pub found in the shadow of St. Mary’s church, making it easy to find, unlike a few of the other pubs in the area, which saw me getting lost a few times. (Were you drunk Sir!…Ed) This is a cosy spot if you fancy a quite pint, the pub has a main bar with two lounges, one with a pool table. They specialise in ales from the Cooper Dragon Brewery brewery in Skipton, North Yorkshire, with a choice of four hand pumps from there suppliers. A very nice pub and one I’d recommened.
supped – Coopers Dragon Best Bitter (3.8%)****
The Robinson’s Brewery lies in the heart of the town centre, this family run brewery has been producing quality ales since 1838, supplying over 400 pubs, with quite a few in Stockport itself, one of them being the ‘Arden Arms’. The building was a former mortuary and is a Grade II listed building, part of CAMRA’s National Inventory. The pub’s curved bar gives it a cramped feel, but don’t let that put you off, as there is a snug and seating area serving lunch, which seems very popular with the punters. Another one of Stockport’s many hostellries that I’d recommened, but don’t be put off by the fact that this abode once stored dead bodies, as I found the Arden Arms to be dead good!
supped – Robinson’s ‘Unicorn’ (4.2%)****