BLOGGERS TIP: If in doubt about your featured image. Go with the cat. A farm cat, rather than a pub cat, but with free cows thrown in.
And because you can’t resist a Paddy McAloon reference;
This is the cat that catches the mice* at Hilly Billy Farm in Allgreave.
I would normally tell you these are the cows that produce Holstein Pils but you’ll know that’s been subcontracted to cows in Wolverhampton.
Allgreave is very definitely the lesser-know Peak, 20 minutes from Macclesfield and the same distance from the comforts of Buxton. Some really good isolated, and therefore vulnerable, pubs round here.
Here you get Bottom-of-the-Oven, Wildboarclough and Flash. (You also get Wincle, but I won’t mention that so as not to get Russ in a state).
And you get snow. Probably even in June.
I walked up to Hilly Billy after waiting a while for the Rose & Crown to open at 11am. You never really expect rural pubs to open before noon. In fact, 4pm is good going these days unless they’re of the “Will you be dining with us, Sir ?” variety.
But the delay was my good fortune; their Double Dutch chocolate ice cream was the best outside Naples, and I had a roaring fire to myself.
Back at the Rose & Crown at 11.45, it still looked very shut.
The sun came out. I knocked at the door.
“Come in. Come in. I’m just hoovering” said a lady though the window.
The door remained locked. I presume I was expected to climb in through the back window.
Once inside I could see the results of her tireless cleaning.
An immaculate public house, with one of the great welcomes. Dick and Dave should detours (blog post title there).
Fresh flowers, proper fires, brasses, hand-written specials. The works.
Sure, it’s not as basic as the nearby Quiet Woman (look it up), perhaps a bit chintzy, but that’s what folk who drive out from Rotherham want.
Ignore the Evil Handle and this was a very good half of Storm, with an acceptable level of scum on top.
“You’ll enjoy that”
“Enjoy the views”
“You enjoyed that, a lovely beer. You had the first pint too, it must be good“.
A lady after my own heart.
*I made that up, I’ve no idea what cats actually do.