Parental Advisory : Contains a handled glass. Oh, too late.
I actually booked my onward train to Cheadle Hulme ON THE TRAIN to Piccadilly. If I can keep this level of IT competence up, I will soon be able to order a beer without Mrs RM’s help.
My first Wednesday tick was either to be Archive or a similar sort of bar in Wigan, and I really thought Wigan deserved a whole day. Besides, it was only 20 minutes to C’hulme (as the locals call it), so I’d have time to drip something hot and greasy down my front before meeting Quosh at 2pm.
Archive is one of those micro/bottle shops/cafe bars dominating the Beer Guide scene in southern Manchester in the last decade.
20 steps from the station, 5 steps from the estimable Chiverton Tap sandwiching the artisanal greengrocer, which I confidently predict will add a handpump serving Doom Bar to complete a trio of GBG entries in 2023.
At the moment you never know whether your attempted pub tick will be met with “Sorry, full, shoulda booked” or “I just felt a drop of rain, I’m closing” or “Of COURSE we’re open, why do you ask ?”.
So well done, Archive, for being open on an overcast Wednesday, and having such attractive, covered seating (really) overlooking the station and the guys delivering from Pizza Hut.
The essential loo visit allows you to see this is a smart little bar with comfortable seating and a good beer choice. Just add people.
Good welcome, and because I’m at the door I can see the ale choice. Now, I detest choice, but Plum Porter v Marble Bitter is a tough one, isn’t it ?
The Reserve is a bit strong for breakfast, so a crisp yet foamy Marble (NBSS 3.5) does the trick, coupled with “Lust for Life” and “My Generation” on the playlist.
What else can I tell you ? Well, it was NOISY, both the noise from the set-up for indoor opening and the stream of traffic along the A5149 to Kitt’s Moss, which I’ve NEVER been to. Convince me to remedy that.
I could have caught the 12:24 straight back to Piccadilly, but the ticket had cost me SIX POUNDS TEN !, so I investigated the many charms of Cheadle Hulme, because I love you (not you).