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The Harrington Arms, Gawsworth - pub details

Address: Church Lane, off Congleton Road, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9RR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20756) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Macclesfield (3.5 miles), Congleton (4.8 miles), Prestbury (5.4 miles)

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Rising Sun, Gawsworth (1.7 miles), Millers, Macclesfield (1.7 miles), Fools Nook, Macclesfield (1.8 miles), Weaver, Macclesfield (1.9 miles)


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Deservedly famous pub (see previous reviews for details re CAMRA Inventory listing, etc). But aside from all that, it's just a really nice place for a drink, either inside in one of the varied farmhouse style rooms, or, if it's fine, outside in the attractive garden set in thoroughly rural surroundings.
I'm always happy to drink Robinson's beer, and what's on offer here, in my (admittedly limited) experience, is very well kept.
Altogether, well worth a detour; I'm looking forward to another visit.
earlydrinker - 2 Oct 2011 18:22
Fine, traditional country pub situated several miles south of Macclesfield just off the A536 Congleton Road.

It's a Grade 2 listed building, part of a working farm, and consists of a number of unspoilt basic rooms either side of a central corridor. There's some basic fixed seating, old settles and quarry tiled floors. One room has a piano and the walls are decorated with some farming related pictures ( eg - shire horses ) . The pub is listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors.

On my recent early evening visit, the pub was surprisingly busy with a good cross section of customers and a friendly welcoming atmosphere was immediately apparent.

The pub is obviously run by an enterprising landlord as I noticed that a cocktail evening was being held on the coming Saturday where cocktails and canapes and musical entertainment were on offer for the princely sum of 10. On Sunday 30 May, a Kiwi tradition - a Hangi - is being performed, which is a method of slow cooking food under the ground, which has previously been heated up by a bonfire. Tickets - priced at 8 - include some New Zealand music and a demonstration of the Haka. I suppose that pubs - especially those in rural locations - are realising that decent beer and a warm welcome isn't always enough nowadays.

The Harrington Arms is a Robinsons pub which was offering Unicorn, Hatters Mild and 4-4-2, the latter being evidently one of the plethora of World Cup themed beers that we're going to have to get used to seeing over the next month or so. The Hatters Mild ( 3.3% ABV ) was an enjoyable pint, but, at 2.45p, perhaps more expensive than I might have expected, given that the stronger Unicorn ( 4.2% ABV ) was 2.55p - only 10p dearer.

This is another pub worth making an effort to get to when in the area.
JohnBonser - 26 May 2010 17:50
One of rural Cheshire's few CAMRA National Inventory pubs, the Harrington is truly unspoilt and evocative. An old farmhouse in a hamlet just south of Macclesfield, it has resisted going down the all-too-common foody route (although food has started to be served at limited times recently) and retains a classic multi roomed interior. Two side rooms, one with a piano, are accessed from the left hand side of the quarry- tiled corridor, whilst the bar is to the right. Two snugs are beyond this, where locals can be found playing traditional games. The beer range is limited to Robinson's, which many can take or leave, but dimpled pint pots are provided, which I'm a fan of. This is a pub worth going out of your way for even if you're not a Robinson's fan.
Carlurmston - 3 Nov 2009 17:34
Superb, unspoilt pub that has been carefully and tastefully restored and improved. The room to the left of the front door with its tiled floor and old settles is a classic. One of Cheshire's dwindling number of must-visit pubs.
Heatonian - 27 Jun 2009 22:28
This is an excellent little pub with character and charm. Good simple food, well presented. The home made chips are something else. I've heard the monthly "curry nights" are well worth attending, though I understand you have to book.

We will be back.
David271059 - 13 Mar 2009 13:45

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