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Cat and Fiddle Inn, Macclesfield

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user reviews of Cat and Fiddle Inn, Macclesfield

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8 miles into an 11 mile walk, it would be an understatement to say I was looking forward to a pint. Busy car park but oddly empty inside. Asked what ales were on and was offered two, with a bonus of old rosie scrumpy. Suspicions aroused, i went for a cumberland way. Not a massive fan of Robinsons but this was cloudy, rank fayre. Disappointing.
Mappiman - 6 May 2013 11:18
Was told the cat is now under new management,so called in to sample the food and drink,and the view.The view was amazing,the drink was typical robinsons:) and the food was reasonably priced and excelent,the girl who served us could not have been more pleasant.will defanatly return soon,and would recomend people to go back and see for themselves.A good pub getting better.
kevjb90 - 2 Jun 2012 11:29
A bit of a rough & ready feel to the bar part which would be okay if the beer didn't match that feel. The pint of Robbo's Dizzy Blonde was more a Peroxide Murky Blonde and I left half of it. I've been here a few times across the eons of time and have not yet had a decent pint in the place. They bank on the fact that if you make it here you are bound to buy something.
Snarling_Mallard - 11 Apr 2012 21:44
We read the review comments and almost decided not to go there, but our walk took us close so we thought we'd try it anyway. Must have been some changes as we were pleasantly greeted as soon as we walked in and served very quickly.
The food menu was a tad expensive but the food we had was soon ready and brought to our table by a very happy smiling barmaid. It was very palatable too. All in all, a much better experience than we were expecting.
Carlwark - 9 Feb 2012 11:30
went in over weekend ! agree with comments below, horrid, horrid place with horrid bar lady... if you read this before you go - please listen to the comments below as they are all true and don't waste your time
maccie - 5 Sep 2011 12:04
visited this pub on 3/09/2011. walked in complete dump wish i would have turned round and left. ordered drinks to the bar lady never spoke a word never even looked at me. the drinks was being made by another member of staff..? very ingnorant will be trying the tea room down the road next time avoid this place..........!
phill115 - 3 Sep 2011 21:23
Famous, landmark pub at the summit of the road which bares its name they really do have the monopoly. Visited on a quiet weekday afternoon for a soft drink & food. There is a central bar area, a small lounge to the right, & a large drinking, & dining area to the other side of the bar. There were probably no more than 10 people in total. No problems with service or food quality but I doubt they have many locals.
happytyskie - 27 Aug 2011 16:39
visted on the 09/08/11, Miserable bar lady the worst i think i have come across, we had hot drinks 2 coffees and 1 hot chocolate, coffee ok but hot Choc terrible, so i went up to the bar to ask if i could have a little milk added and was told that, that was how she was told how to make it and there was nothing else she could do ! ( so basically p***off and sit down ) so never got my milk...
Pub was empty ! i wonder why ??
after reading the other comments on here i am glad we never had any food..
shazzer2727 - 14 Aug 2011 07:26
Called in today with 16 other walkers. Stood at bar for several minutes while being totally ignored by barmaid. Finally left without being served
Do not recommend this pub to any other walking groups, they obviously do not welcome large groups.
NigelBerry - 9 Aug 2011 18:30
why is the landlady posting comments on her own pub.why can't she just admit that customers have there own views and by the sounds of it the food and service is terrible.i wonder what what peter robinson thinks of all these comments.i have also had a terrible meal with my family at this establishment a couple of monthes ago.only one word can describe it.DISGRACEFULL.
diggler123 - 18 Jul 2011 20:48
Visited the pub today after being at Buxton carnival. Have to say, had a lovely meal there. There were 6 of us all together, each having different meals and all were fantastic! We told the waiter how nice it was and we were told all the food is homemade. A pub that does proper food and not prepacked is rare! I'm only posting this after seeing bad comments on the food, no idea what they are talking about as we thought the food was such good quality for reasonable prices! Maybe with food being rustic and homemade people expect the usual microwaved food and don't know what real food tastes like! Good real ale too!
Sarahjc - 16 Jul 2011 20:08
I wouldn't bother visiting this pub. Miserable bar staff, who obviously would rather not be there, and surly catering staff.

Food was a disgrace. Salad was old and slimey - although the chef seemed to think it was ok, because he washed it. The burgers were cooked so much they were burnt black on the outside and still raw on the inside and the steak pie was obviously cut into portions days before because it was so dry you couldn't eat it.

Although I mentioned all this to the miserable waitress, she made no comment, walked off with the plates and never came back.

When I asked to speak to the manager, I was told he wasn't there and she didn't know when he would be back.

They are more than happy to take your money here, but couldn't care less about their service or food.

I will deffinitely not be going back or reccommending it to anyone I know.

This is the most
cathpar - 15 Jul 2011 15:28
Visited yesterday 29/5/2011.......... all very nice...but NO deviation from menu (ie you cannot just buy a burger on its own) so ordered 2 burgers chips and salad. Supposedly aberdeen angus beef...... NO Taste except for the cheese, the chips, all 6 of them, burnt on the outside, raw on the inside.
Staff not very helpfull. ie a take it or leave it attitude.

Not happy £18.00 f***ing quid for 2 burgers and 2 1/2 pints of coke

AVOID eating and drinking here
bandit3 - 30 May 2011 09:16
I,v been going to this place for years now, as it's a great ride out on a motorbike and superb roads despite the speed traps. But to the point, The CAT & FIDDLE HAS SOME OF THE WORST SERVICE I'V EVER COME ACROSS. I'v eaten there once, I wont again! Go in just for a coffee, wait 15min while the jokers catch up with washing pots, having a natter, etc, and generaly ignore you!!! get a begrudged weak, luke warm coffee, where your invited to finish making it yourself, with plastic milk & paper suger. OK, its £1.50, but I'd sooner pay £2.00 for a decent drink and a smile. COME ON MINE HOST, get your act together, I'v seen better service at Greasy Joe's, The CAT & FIDDLE have a captive audience selling what must equal at least 200 coffee's a day, they could do a lot better and make it memorable for the right reasons, or maybe, they just dont care, I know I'm not alone here, most of my mates wont even go in and pay to be insulted with such shoddy service and poorly made snacks. 'Otherwise' the pub is a great meeting place, in a great location with an open fire when it's cold.
Peakedhelmet - 17 Nov 2010 16:30
The Cat and Fiddle Inn is an iconic pub with a rich history situated in one the of most beautiful parts of the North West of England in the Cheshire Peaks. So it is with heavy heart that I feel duty bound to report a most unpleasant meal at this pub this afternoon (15 Feb 2010). The chips weren't properly cooked - some of them contained raw potato, the peas were stewed and cool, the fish oozed with grease when I cut it and my son's fish cake tasted of - well I'm not sure. In short it was inedible and we hardly touched any of it. Excluding drinks, 12 or 13 quid down the drain. They need to improve drastically, if we are to go there again!

ikeaddy - 15 Feb 2010 18:28
A most satisfactry pint of Robinsons Old Stockport.
BinBagBob - 9 Apr 2009 18:04
Islotated Robinsonís pub built in 1830 by Macclesfield Banker John Ryle after new A357 completed. At 1690ft asl is 2nd highest pub in UK. Caters for all who venture over the pass with Carvery, Lounge Bar, & Walkers Bar with pool table. 3 Robbies beers in good condition and takes in-house guests. Good food especially the home made pies. Pie & Pint nights are great value at £8-95. Open all day, but closes earlier in winter. Friendly Landlord. Accomodation at nearby Stanley Arms.
Reviewed 4/12/08 by SADCATS on Tour! SCORE- 8.

Saxon_Scooper - 8 Dec 2008 14:08
We went up there for a family lunch today - kids, us (parents) and grandparents - and were very impressed. Apart from the great location the beer was well-kept, the staff were very friendly and the food was excellent. Notably the kids food was all home-made so the chicken goujons and funky fish were actually made from real chicken and fish. These were served with home-made chunky chips too. The adult food was really nice too, nothing fancy just well made stuff like Steak Pie, Slow-braised beef (which is what I had) and Fish & Chips.


Higs - 22 Nov 2008 18:55
Having read the "What kind of reviews are allowed?" section I will keep this to the point so hopefully it won't get deleted and others can read it. I and a few mates who are in a Mondeo online forum (MEG) planned a visit here on one of our monthly meets. We pulled up onto the car park and were having a bit of a chat before going in and the landlady came out and confronted us. She demanded to know whether we were going into the pub and I said yes. I was eating a pie for my breakfast and she said I couldn't eat it in her car park as she sold food in the pub so I should leave the car park. I obliged by moving off the car park to finish my breakfast, she stood there watching me and then ranted that we must all go and we did. I must add that I am 41 years old and my wife and two kids were in the car. As we never actually got in the pub I cannot comment as to it's quality. The road leading to it and past it is very good. I suggest you stay on the road and find a more welcoming pub elsewhere.
FamilyGuy66 - 15 Mar 2008 21:45
Nice Pub, was up in the Buxton area visiting friends and went here for a quick visit. Good Beer, well kept pint. food's good too. This was my first visit for 20 years, I guarentee it won't be that long before i go back again
richardhoward - 25 May 2007 15:23
Great Pub, went there last Saturday and the food was great and so was the beer
smiles - 30 Oct 2006 21:29
Good pub with a great view and great road to it on a bike for sure. Watch out for "The Feds" though! When you see a "Slow" sign, take heed too because unlike most roads, this means it!!!!
Pub sells nice coffee and has helicopter trips outside in the summer months.
DoctorWu - 25 Sep 2005 16:40
Im a biker and if you want a good run up and down on your bike heres where to do it. the pubs great and friendly as are most of us in it.
mike - 1 Sep 2003 19:27

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