You’ve probably deduced by now that I don’t jump for joy at the prospect of even more micropubs in the Beer Guide. Despite decent beer quality, keen pricing and plenty of banter, they rarely produce the variety of custom, and atmosphere, of a great English pub. And many of them look exactly the same.
Buxton’s Ale Stop is like nothing else.
The owner is a bundle of energy, keen to promote his tight range of cask and his live music. If you want European remixes of Ultravox LPs accompanying your Northern pale ales there is nowhere better. I want one in Cambridge now, with that “Cut Like A Buffalo” on permanently.
The Ale Stop is this year’s worthy new Guide entry in Buxton, a town seemingly able to conjure a new gem on an annual basis these days, even if that means losing the Buxton Tap.
Buxton is an odd place, the posh shops of the old baths contrasting with some very down-to-earth offerings along Spring Gardens. Miltons Head has a similarly adventurous music policy to the Ale Stop, judging by its posters.
An essential stop on any tour of Britain that starts and ends in Stockport; Buxton will really be something when they finally take the scaffolding off the new Brew Dog (I assume that’s what it is).