I left you in the bar at the Petersgate Tap on Thursday night (25/1), two great pints of Draught Bass down in 20 minutes, wondering if I should ask for the flat version again. But I figured a great night in Stockport needed a Chinese takeaway.
I stuck out a tweet and waited for the flood of responses.
Thanks Pete. One quick, accurate reply is better than a thousand people telling me a day later their Indian restaurant in Leeds is OK.
The walk to Sun Hing takes you into the retail park hell of Portwood, via one of the great UK pubs.
Like all the best Chinese takeaways, Sun Hing is very yellow.
A good way to check whether you’re in the north or not is to see whether the price of your Chinese includes rice.
Order placed, I realised to my dismay that Hobbycraft was now shut, so I’d have to wait in the Railway for a bit.
It’s been a while, I’d forgotten how cosy it was.
Again, that yellow glow helps.
When I first visited in 2002, I stuck the Railway in a box marked “no-frills Stockport boozer” along with the Olde Vic and Spread Eagle, before soon realising that was a very large box.
No problems with the size of the beer range here, with those handpumps working overtime the 20 minutes I was in. You won’t be surprised by my choice.
It was £2.50. Two pounds fifty. In fact everything was £2.50; I seem to recall competitive pricing last time here. Good beer too, a solid NBSS 3.5 and a third excellent pint in an hour.
The pub is as much a throwback to simpler times (2002) as the prices. Opinion on Twitterweb would have you believe it’s scruffy, but I find it neat and simple.
A good place for lone drinkers, with a mix of bench seating and stools contrasting sharply with many of the GBG’s modern “high tables down the walls” approach.
Being Stockport (or Portwood if you’re fussy) the banter was first-class.
“Magaluf ? Isn’t that near Stalybridge ?” “I’ve been to both, they’re the same place”
“Y’know what sherry does to you ?” “Shakes and sweats, shakes and sweats”
A classic slice of real pub.