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New Brew Pub in Stockport

Building work has started at the back of the Magnet on Wellington Road North in Stockport to create a pub brewery. It is hoped that the brewery will be up and running by Christmas.

Owner Ian is doing the building work himself and he will also be installing the brewery. Sarah (of Cellar Rat fame) will initially be the brewer but due to the demands of being a new mother, thereafter the brewing duties will be shared amongst the other staff to brew a range of regular beers. At this stage it is not known if the brewery name Cellar Rat will be resuscitated or whether a completely new pub brewery name and recipes will be used.

The brewery will be a single story extension to the back of the pub. Plans have already been submitted and planning permission has been granted so it is hoped that by Christmas or early in the New Year that the breweries beers will be on stream. The original plans to position the brewery in the pub cellar have been abandoned due to their impractability. This comes hot on the heals of the Hope Inn just up the road with their excellent Fool Hardy range of beers. This will make this part of Stockport even more unmissable for visitors to the area.

Lymm Brewing Company Update

Dunham Massey Brewery has applied for and got planning permission for a new brew pub in Lymm.
The brew pub be called ‘The Lymm Brewing Company’ and is on the site of the former Lymm post office (18, Bridgewater Street, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0AB).

This will be a satellite company of Dunham Massey Brewery (Dunham Massey Brewery trading as The Lymm Brewing Company) and do about 2 brews per week.

The first brew was done at the new site at the beginning of October.

New outlet in Stockton Heath
The Costello family have applied for and got permission to open a new bar in Stockton Heath. This bar will be similar to Costello’s Bar (Dunham Massey Brewery Tap) and will be tied to both Dunham and Lymm breweries, though they may have a guest beer. They hope to open this new bar in December.

The Urban Hop Brewing Company

The Urban Hop Brewing Company in Leigh has recently started producing. The South East Lancs CAMRA Branch (which covers Leigh, Atherton & Tyldesley), has until now, been the only CAMRA branch in the Greater Manchester region, without a brewery. Some people may remember back in 1955 when George Shaws Brewery in Leigh closed. There has been little activity since then on the brewery front, (apart from a short spell of brewing by Merlin Brewery) until now!

The Urban Hop Brewing Company Ltd was registered with Companies House in June 2013.

The brewery is brewing in Leigh, on Leigh Road.. It is a 7.5 barrel plant, it's first beer is a 3.8% light golden blonde beer called Golden Jack. The second beer will be dark.

They are yet to launch their website but the address is
They have a twitter account @urbanhopbeer.

Greater Manchester Pub of the Year

CAMRA Greater can now reveal that the Greater Manchester Pub of the Year is, once again, The Baum in Rochdale.

Tucked away on a small cobbled street on the north side of the town in the shadow of Rochdale Exchange shopping centre, the pub is next to the original Co-op store which today serves as the Pioneers Museum charting the birth to the Cooperative movement. Previously Morris's Hardware store, the pub first opened around 30 years ago, being extended into the building next door a few years later and it had a large conservatory added to the rear in 2010.

The runner up is again Costello's Bar in Altrincham and a newcomer to the top three is the Victoria and Albert in Horwich, Bolton.

WhatPub for All!

WhatPub is the most comprehensive online guide to pubs serving real ale and is CAMRA's new national online pub guide.

The system was launched to members last September for members only. Now WhatPub is available to all.

WhatPub provides details of over 35,800 pubs serving real ale, making it the definitive online pub guide for the real ale drinker.
In addition, WhatPub provides full details for over 21,000 of those pubs, with details of real ales available, opening times, and description of the pub.

Additionally WhatPub is now optimised for mobile browsers.

If you access WhatPub from a smartphone, like an Android or iPhone, you will now find that WhatPub now functions in a way very similar to an App. Each function WhatPub is scaled to fit optimally on a mobile device, with a full pub entry divided into a series of screens.

WhatPub also now provides more details about pubs:

  • You can search for pubs that offer a discounts to CAMRA members
  • You can get more details about specific features and facilities
  • You can search for pubs that have important historic interiors

All of these details are maintained by thousands of CAMRA volunteers in over 200 branches across the UK, and include updates from members like you who Submit Updates using the online form.

Look out for promotional posters and beer mats appearing in your local pubs, and please tell your family and friends about WhatPub!

Pubs and Charity

The Pubs & Charity campaign is the second of four initiatives that CAMRA is running in 2013 as part of our national promotion to ‘To raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly.

Pubs raise in excess of £100 million a year for charities and CAMRA will be working hard to spread this message in July. Working with PubAid, we will also announce new research to the media to raise the profile of the pub industry’s charity work and also highlight some great case studies of what pubs have done in the past. If you run a pub and would like to be considered as one of these case studies please visit

We are asking pubs to organise charity events throughout July and advertise them for free on this website. We have also produced free promotional packs for pubs to advertise to their customers what they have planned and brand the pub up to show they are participating in this campaign.

All Good Beer Guide 2013 pubs will automatically receive a pack, as will any pub who highlighted they would like to take part in this campaign when they signed up for April’s Community Pubs Month.

If you have not signed up for this campaign then just visit today. Packs will be sent out late May /early June.

Greater Manchester's Best Pubs Named

Local award winners from CAMRA's eight Greater Manchester Branches to be judged to select Regional Champions, with sixteen pubs in the running for prestigious CAMRA Greater Manchester regional titles.

The region has confirmed the names of the finalists in the annual competitions to be named CAMRA's Greater Manchester Pub of The Year for 2013 and Cider Pub Of The Year 2013. Each has already beaten off competition to be named branch champions by the eight branches of the consumer organisation within Greater Manchester.

The pubs in the running for the Pub Of The Year title have tough competition as they are up against CAMRA's National Pub Of The Year, The Baum in Rochdale, which took the title of Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year 2012 on route to being named the best pub in Britain earlier this year. Having seen off local and national completion last year, the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch have chosen the Toad Lane pub as their local winner for the second year in a row.

The pubs taking on The Baum include a Victorian station bar, a thriving community local and two pubs owner by local microbrewers. The Stalybridge Station Refreshment Rooms is the winner from CAMRA's High Peak branch and is the first award for new owner Mike Field who took on the bar in October following the death of long time owner John Hesketh. North Manchester Branch have put forward The Park Hotel in Monton, a 1970s Joseph Holt house which retains a traditional multi-room layout around a central bar while microbrewers Allgates and Dunham Massey Brewing Company will be hoping they can triumph with the latter's Costello's Bar in Altrincham being up against the Wigan brewers' Jolly Nailor in Atherton.

With the growth in the popularity of traditional cider in recent years, the competition for the Cider Pub Of The Year is no less strong. In parallels with the Pub Of The Year Competition, there is also a station bar in the running for the cider award with East Lancashire Railway's Trackside bar at their Bury station being named winner by its local branch. Although you would expect great beer in a brewery tap, you may not a great cider as well but one of the cider finalists is Bank Top Brewery Tap in Astley Bridge, Bolton. They will be up against pub company JD Wetherspoon whose Thomas Burke in Leigh has been chosen by South East Lancashire branch.

The final eight pubs in each competition will now be assessed by teams of "secret shopper" judges who will visit each of the pubs over the next two months and give scores against a range of criteria including how welcoming and efficient the staff are, the atmosphere and decor, whether the pub gives customers good value and of course quality of their beer (or cider). CAMRA believes that pubs remain important centres of community life so pubs are marked against how inclusive they are, whether they support local events and sports teams and whether they give a sense of pub belonging to the people and the local community.

John O'Donnell, spokesman for Greater Manchester CAMRA, said "The branch and regional Pub Of The Year competitions recognise excellence in the local pub trade. With pubs suffering from the government's ever increasing beer taxes and ruthless competition from supermarkets leading to 16 pubs closing across Britain every week, the awards are a welcome opportunity to highlight just some of the excellent community pubs in our area. Despite hard times, Manchester can be proud of how historic traditional pubs successfully rub shoulders with modern bars and this is reflected in the diversity of the pubs who have made it to the regional competition this year.".

The finalists for Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year are:
Bolton Branch: The Victoria & Albert, 114 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7AF
High Peak Branch: Stalybridge Station Refreshment Rooms (Buffet Bar), Ramsbottom Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1RF
North Manchester Branch: Park Hotel, 142 Monton Road, Monton, Eccles, M30 9QD
Rochdale, Oldham & Bury Branch: The Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale.
South East Lancashire Branch: Jolly Nailor, 20 Market Street, Atherton, M46 0DN
Stockport & South Manchester Branch: The Nursery, Green Lane, Stockport, SK4 2NA
Trafford & Hulme Branch: Costello's, Goose Green, Altrincham, WA14 1DW
Wigan Branch: The Berkeley, 27-29 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD

The finalists for Greater Manchester Cider Pub Of The Year are:
Bolton Branch: The Bank Top Brewery Tap, 68-70 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge, BL1 7AN
High Peak Branch: White House, 1 Water Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2AG
North Manchester Branch: Bar Fringe, 8 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 4NQ
Rochdale Oldham & Bury Branch: Trackside, East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, BL9 0EY
South East Lancashire: Thomas Burke, 20A Leigh Road, Leigh, WN7 1QR
Stockport and South Manchester Branch: The Railway, 1 Avenue Street, Stockport, SK1 2BZ
Trafford & Hulme Branch: Font Bar, 7-9 Wakefield Street. M1 5NP
Wigan Branch: The Masons Arms, 99 Carr Mill Road, Chadwick Green, Billinge, WN5 7TY

Find a Cider Pub in Greater Manchester

In due course the "Cider Pubs In Greater Manchester " webpage will list all the pubs and clubs within the Greater Manchester region that sell real cider or perry.

At the moment this is a work in progress.

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