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Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield

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I remember trying to get in here back in January 2009, after getting off a train with quite a few other football fans. Back then, away fans were not being welcomed. 11 years on and I wasn't here for the football. This was my last pub of the night in Cheshire and as often happens, I'd saved the best until last. This was a friendly and simple drinking house, serving a decent selection of all types of ales and a real cider, whilst playing decent music. I could have stayed here for much longer, had a bed not been calling. The 5 ales were Abbeydale Deception, Titanic Plum Porter, Whim Hartington Bitter, Townhouse Centennial & Rat White Rat, whilst the cider was SiDa Holmes Chapel Apple. A nice way to round off the day.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Mar 2020 21:45
Good Beer Guide 2019 Entry.

Very traditional pub - multi-roomed, with separate Pool table.

Plenty of Cask choice - all with little jam jars so you could get a feel. Barnsley Bitter in good condition.
Mappiman - 26 Mar 2019 13:27
Always a must to go here when visiting Macclesfield, good beer selection. Food fine.
TiaMariaJim - 6 Aug 2012 14:04
This and the as yet unlisted Baths Hotel the other side of the station are by far the best places for ale in Macc.
anonymous - 11 Apr 2012 21:50
always quality!
juninhocrunch - 10 Jan 2012 11:17
Doesn't open till 7pm on a sat evening though am sure it has it's reasons. Pleasant enough pub with friendly bloke behind the bar and a selection of ales. Tried a pint of Thornhill's White Swan which is a very pale and light ale. Went down well enough though. The best pub in the vicinity of the station for ale.
anonymous - 10 Jul 2011 12:59
I happened on this place by accident as it was nearest to the bus stop where I dropped off from Buxton. York, Phoenix, Whim - and the Townhouse whose session beer was superb. Basic fodder at reasonable prices. Lots of interesting conversations - I thought I'd landed in an Episode of Early Doors which was great!! Must plan more bus trips to end here!
JBGatelad - 26 May 2011 15:57
I've already reviewed this, but it's a great pub with a really clued up landlord who loves having good ales on, great all year rounder with a big roaring fire in the colder months, if you want a fun-pub with fizzy lager pop go elsewhere. Mind yer language though too.
ToxtethOGrady - 22 Apr 2011 23:36
WATERS GREEN TAVERN, MACCLESFIELD
This seems a friendly and pleasant enough place. Though, due to the nature of the day, I was anti-social and grabbed the seat nearest the fire for warmth ! And the very fact there was a real fire burning is a plus point in itself. The most unusual feature of the pub is the fact that the bar is along an outside wall. Itís immediately on the left as you come in the door Ė itís possible for the landlady to hide in the corner and not be seen when you come in !! There are two main drinking areas straight ahead, and to the right (with fire). Pleasant enough iwth red upholstered benches and chairs arranged around tables, but otherwise the decor is nothing to write home about.

But then, the main point of coming here is for the BEER ! When I was there, there were 5 beers on tap (but another 3 pumps available as well), including two from Phoenix Brewery and two from Barnsley / Oakwell. I had the Phoenix Monkeytown Mild Ė which was excellent.

I understand that the pub does food at lunchtimes, though there was no sign of it when I was there at 2.30pm.

Pub is ideally situated for us transport enthusiasts as it is halfway between the bus and rail stations (which are only 100 yards apart). I certainly intend to go back Ė though since itís 25 years since I was last in Macclesfield, Iím not sure when that will be !

Martinsh - 21 Jan 2011 23:30
Truly shocking pub.Beer great landlady awful.Let us in at 12 then locked the doors as she didnt want a lot of people in.The doors stayed locked until we left around 130 pm.Full of northerners eating lunch at 12 then having a pot of tea.Very strange
chiefbrodie - 23 Dec 2010 11:11
A great pub- cosy, traditional, good beer, filling food and in a wonderful town.
mtaylor40 - 19 Nov 2010 23:14
This is a surprisingly good pub, always a good choice of real ales on, pool table, jukebox, classic old school and untouched decor, just the way it ought to be.
ToxtethOGrady - 22 Feb 2009 21:16
This looked rather closed to me yesterday?
deportivo_azul - 4 Jan 2009 10:57
Great place. Fantastic beer, friendly atmosphere and staff. Best pub for miles around.
MikeT77 - 11 Jul 2008 17:52
Fantastic pub with numerous real ales on. Good home cooked food served at lunch time. Although from the outside, this little gem looks a tad run down, its made up for by the quality and varying range of beers on tap. All hand pull and usually about 5 or 6 different ones to choose from. Don't ask for the usuall bitter because in here it dose'nt exist. Most are Pale in colour and full in flavour. Behind the bar there is a stack of pump clips giving the customer an idea of what is in the cellar. Real fires in winter and a warm atmosphere the rest of the time this place comes highly recommended. Run by a Grumpy landlord from over the northern boarder, ( Only Joking about the grumpy bit ) and landlady who will keep all but the devil himself in line, they both add a great feel to the pub.
JimmenyCricket - 26 Jul 2007 11:33
Brilliant pub, and yes, to add to the idiotic comment, NO SAN MIGUEL, which is not so much beer as donkey piddle. If you like your beer fizzy and characterless, there are plenty of local alternatives. This is how a pub should be - not some corporate monstrosity serving characterless p1ss to the clueless whilst boring them with Sky Bloody Telly. Massive selection of great beers, great atmosphere, tatty and run down, but - who cares about the decor ? Easily the best pub in Macc.
anonymous - 17 May 2007 10:49
No great changes outside or inside - a really good range of ales, mostly from fairly local small breweries. Beer quality usually excellent. Owners and staff are friendly and efficient and there's a good 'locals' buzz about the place.
ed.spbw - 29 Apr 2007 19:04
Incredible selection of beer, no San Miguel though. Crap pool table too, but pubs like these seem to be a dying breed so should be visited regularly, like an aged granny, before they're gone.
chapmandu - 14 Feb 2005 20:41
From the outside this place looks like it's been closed for years but don't let the appearance fool you. Inside you are spoilt for choice. Six (I think) real ales, all well looked after, didn't know where to start. Excellent home-made food as well. No microwaved rubbish here. Only compliant that place is shut between 4 and 7.

With pubs like these who would even think about going into Wetherspoons?

This place is recommended. Visit now!
bigglesloop - 22 Dec 2004 23:59
opposite the train station .
real cider now sold .

changing selection of beers

local pub of the year in 1999
dan - 12 Aug 2004 12:45

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