Cheshire - Macclesfield

A historic pub interior of national importance

UPDATE 2017: Pub has been closed since January 2015.

June 2021: Has been refurbished by new owners and is expected to reopen fairly soon.

Listed Status: II

25-27 Church Street
SK11 6LB

Tel: (01625) 462646



Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Macclesfield

Station Distance: 250m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Macclesfield) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Although the building it occupies is 18th-century, the pub was probably created in Victorian times. To the right of the entrance, the charming little tap room has fixed seating and tongue-and-grooved wall benches. Also to the right of the corridor, glazed screenwork incorporates an off-sales/serving hatch, display case and entrance to the servery. First left from the corridor is a delightful smoke room with early 20th-century fittings (but Victorian fireplace), bell-pushes and a notable ceiling with delicate plaster details. The ceiling was superbly restored back to its original condition prior to the pub reopening in 2021. The room behind the servery has a glazed partition to the corridor and a 1971 bar counter, but older seating. The fourth room at the back is a recent conversion to pub use and was extended in 2021.

Whitened brick, 18th century pub tucked away on a cobbled street. It probably started life originally as late 18th century dwellings which were remodelled later as a pub in the 19th century and was owned by Macclesfield's Lonsdale & Adshead Brewery. Large 19th century extension at rear. The interior of four small rooms off a central corridor is little altered no doubt partly due to a long serving licensee Charles Lomas (1930 to 1962). From the central entrance a door in the inner lobby on the front right leads to the tiny tap room with a late 19th century bar counter with decorative brackets, old half-height tongue-and-groove panelling with wall benches attached, and a small Victorian cast-iron fireplace was originally in the kitchen, that has a mirror in the old mantelpiece above; the bar back shelving are mostly modern.. Note the holes in the bar counter in the public bar near the fireplace – in the 1930s crates of Guinness were brought from the cellar and placed behind the counter and the holes were to help to bring it up to room temperature.

The inner latch door with glazing protectors leads to the lobby and passageway to the rear. On the right of the corridor is a splendid curved shop front-like glazed screenwork with rising sash windows, formerly the off-sales, now permanently closed, where cigarettes and spirits were stored and sold from. Alongside is a stable door entrance to the servery for staff with a ledge and upper window that can be closed. Also in this area is a display case holding a collection of miniatures and old bottles. Take a look within the servery and you will see an indicator box for the bell-pushes with four windows 'Front Door' (unusual), 'Parlour', 'Smoke Room', and 'Kitchen' which last worked in the 1960s.

On the left are narrow double doors leading to the splendid small smoke room which has an ornamented, probably 1920s, ceiling of moulded putty featuring a pair of lozenge patterns with foliage ornament. Deteriorating in recent years, the ceiling was superbly restored back to its original condition prior to the pub reopening in 2021 after a six year closure. All around the room is high-backed fixed seating with delicate legs and arms and bell pushes in the top and is said to have been installed in 1910. This room also has a good painted slate Victorian fireplace incorporating two pictorial tiled panels of monks eating and drinking.

On the right is the parlour situated behind the servery with a glazed partition to corridor side and has a doorway and plain baffle. It retains the original bench seating on the left hand side with bell pushes above. The bar counter was added in 1971 and some fixed seating in this area was removed. The passageway has a dado of varnished Lincrusta and at the end of past an open staircase is the rear room brought into pub use in 1986. It has no old fittings and part of the wall between it and the parlour has been removed 'for supervision'. Then in 2021 the rear room was doubled by amalgamation with the kitchen on the rear left. A passage on the left leads to the original gents' brought inside in modern times.

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