The High Peak, Tameside and North East Cheshire Branch’s Pub of the Winter 2022 award was presented to Robinsons’ Windsor Castle in Marple Bridge. The licensee, Jo Farrell, has been in charge for 14 years, and these days it is rare to find a licensee dedicated to a particular pub for that length of time. This is a true local and community pub, and is a reflection of the approach that Jo has to managing it, and of her welcoming outlook for all customers.
Jo ensures that the pub is a base for many activities such as the Thursday quiz, Friday or Saturday night entertainment, and sporting events. Many of these activities and others also benefit charities, including an outdoor fruit and vegetable stall on Fridays and Saturdays, which is due to recommence again soon. It is a fine example of the traditional local of the type getting regrettably rarer these days.
High Peak, Tameside & North East Cheshire Branch members chose the Silly Country in the centre of Droylsden as their Pub of the Year 2022.
It is true to say that, since opening, the pub has much increased the beer range available in the Droylsden area, and is very popular with locals and others alike. A changing range of beers is offered on four handpumps, with a real cider available on a fifth. This is a pub which is doing an excellent job, with excellent beers and is well deserving of the award. It’s well worth taking the time to visit. Silly Country is situated right in the centre of Droylsden, almost opposite the Metrolink stop and close to several bus routes. Fairfield railway station is a 15-minute walk away.
The photograph shows the certificate being presented by Ben Zwierink the branch chair (third left) to owners Katy, Paul and Drew and members of the staff at an event held at the pub on Saturday 26 March 2022
Our branch Pub of the Season for Autumn was presented to the George Hotel in Hayfield on Saturday 20th November. The comfortable and welcoming pub is in the centre of Hayfield village. On cold days there is a real fire in a magnificent old fashioned range to sit by and warm your cockles. A good variety of hand pulled beers from the Marston’s stable is available and walkers are welcome. All in all it’s a pub well deserving of the award and well worth a visit. The photograph shows Branch Chairman Ben Zwierink, right, presenting the award certificate to licensee Steve Nagy
A small group of branch members braved the atrocious weather to attend the branch Club of the Year presentation at the Buxworth (or Bugsworth ) Social Club on Saturday the 21st of August
A couple of excellent beers were available on the day. Pictured is the club bar manager who was delighted to receive the award. The club allows non-members entrance and it is well worth the walk from either Whaley Bridge or Chinley. (ideally, on a nice day !)
The Buffet Bar at Stalybridge Station was the venue for a rare branch occasion when we presented the bar with a double award. One of these was a first for the branch as we presented the Buffet Bar with a certificate celebrating thirty years presence in the GBG.Not many pubs in the Uk can claim that !
Addtionally, we also presented the bar with our Cider Pub of the Year 2021 award.
Pictured are Phil Shaw and Lyndsey Walker the co-managers receiving the awards
On 2nd October we were finally able to present this award “properly” to Traders in Marple. Our pub of the season awards recognise not just good real ale, but pubs that have done that bit extra. In addition to three cask ales on handpump. Traders also has a selection of interesting Key-Keg real ales, keg beers and ciders.