I’m sure Pub Curmudgeon will quickly correct me in lumping Cheadle Hulme’s newest pub in with Greater Stockport, but the Good Beer Guide can’t make up it’s mind whether the Heatons Norris and Chapel deserve separate billing, so I’m in good company.
You can walk here in 50 minutes from Stockport, but (perhaps controversially) the Adswood scenery isn’t the finest in the borough. Cheadle Hulme itself is leafy suburbia at its best/worst, rather like Golders Green but with decent beer.
The first time I visited the place a highlight was an opportunity to sample Holts, Hydes and Robbies when those family brewers had major pub in the Beer Guide at the same time. The latter’s Church was my favourite, with the Hydes and Holts becoming characteristically food-driven following huge investment. In comparison the Spoons now looks a bit downbeat.
So plenty for fans of Boring Brown Bitters (pick me !), but the Tap has certainly added to choice, as the inevitable blackboard reveals.
It’s certainly a bigger range than the three @ £3 you find in the formulaic micropub of the south-east, but I can only judge on the basis of the Bollington Best, which was in superb condition, and cellar cool (NBSS 4).
Bright and cheery, with plenty of top reading material, and proper prk pies. Unlike some micropubs with just posing tables, the Tap has good proper seating and a pubby atmosphere once the mid-afternoon crowd start to arrive. If I didn’t still have 1,100 pubs to go I could very happily have worked my way through that range.