The Yew Tree Inn, Cauldon Low - pub details
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|For people who know, understand and love genuine, drinkers pubs, this is one that cannot be missed. Amazing collection of antiques, brick-a-brack and beer memorabilia nestle among the grand old Inn building, that is wonderfully and absurdly juxtaposed by the massive cement works you drive through to reach it from the main drag. Beer is impeccable, as are the home made pickled Eggs and pork pies. The Landlord has his rules and foibles, but for those who understand how traditional landlords run their pubs (it is his front room, afterall) and approach this place with the respect it deserves and savour what it has to offer compared to the hundreds of staid, corporate, uninteresting pretend pubs that are so prevalent today, a warm welcome is assured and a grand old evening guaranteed. |
JoWard25 - 17 Aug 2011 23:18
|A visit here last night would appear to be a much improved experience on recent visits by others. For a "quiet"" Tuesday night, the place was bustling with friendly locals, the beer was in excellent form and Alan was much more relaxed and chatty than he reported recently. All pints continue to be pegged at £2, regardless of being bitter, mild or cider and there was a run on the pork pies. Hopefully the corner has been turned and this can be much more of a decent experience for those coming for the first time.|
Gristy - 14 Jul 2010 13:22
|Reading these recent experiences saddens me greatly as I have loved this place for years, but my own recent visits would confirm some of what has been laid as criticisms. Alan has always been a good, but highly individual landlord who does seem lately to have become much less tolerant of new faces, especially those with children and generally seems a lot less of a happy soul. The toilets were always basic, but have become a real problem and I am not sure Alan either cares or wnats to notice at all. The condition of the beer has become a little erratic of late too, as a severely vinegary pint of Bass recently proved.|
These are all symptoms of a general decline in the level of homeliness and welcome that you could always rely on. Hopefully, it is only a dip and maybe Alan can pull himself and the pub back to what it was...don't worry about the shabbiness of the fittings, though, that really is still part of the charm.
Edensor - 24 Jun 2010 22:46
|What a surreal experience!|
On balance it's difficult to recommend this pub, despite the undeniable character of the place and because it is so unique that you will probably never experience a pub like this in your lifetime. It is simply like going through a time warp into the past, the decor being incredible and what a fabulous collection of items to observe.
The bar prices have also gone through a time warp. It's probably 10-15 years since I came across a pub with average prices so low. How the landlord makes a profit I am unsure. Perhaps this explains the fact that the toilets seem to have gone through a time warp as well. I suspect that they haven't been cleaned in 15 years which may explain the rather unpleasant smell of urine that fills the pub - and I mean FILLS it.
The last poster sums up well why it's difficult to recommend this pub, aside that it needs a visit from the environmental health. Sadly the landlord is anything but friendly and be assured that if you do visit you should be visiting for what you can see, not what you can smell and certainly not for a friendly welcome.
A major disappointment.
berrymwb - 22 Jun 2010 07:26
|Situated somewhat incongruously between an ugly massive cement works and some quarry factories, the inside of The Yew Tree really does look like a cross between the Antiques Roadshow and Steptoe's junkyard.|
It's an old stone built building situated off the A523 and, with no hanging pub sign and seemingly no real effort to attract custom ( no sandwich boards etc and nothing really to encourage you in ), it's easy to miss, although the large yew tree outside in front of the pub helps.
Previous posters - especially that intrepid Captain Cook of the pubgoing world, Roger B - have more than adequately described the delights that await you once you cross the threshold into the pub.Myself, I was particularly impressed with the working polyphons, some fine Jacobean furniture and the collection of old radios. Note also the old penny farthing bicycle hidden behind a wooden settle.
In contrast to Roger however, I didn't find landlord and collector par excellence, Alan, particularly engaging or welcoming at all. Perhaps I got off on the wrong foot at the outset. My friendly and good-humoured opening remark of "Blimey, it's a bit difficult to find, isn't it ?!" was countered by a rather brusque and disagreeable "no" and then telling me that it's only 4 and a bit miles from Alton Towers and that people from all over the world had managed successfully to find this pub over the years. He didn't seem desperately welcoming to later arrivals either. Whilst in negative mode, I ought to mention the smell from the gents toilets, which really does need addressing.
For the record, in case anyone's interested, beers on were Burton Bridge Bitter, Rudgate Mild and Bass. The first two - both at a very reasonable £ 2.00p per pint - were in splendid form. The cash register, reminiscent of the one in Open All Hours, is yet another throwback to earlier days. On the bar were a few home made pork pies and a glass jar of pickled eggs.
The pub is listed in the 2010 CAMRA Good Beer Guide where the commentary says "there cannot be another pub like this". It also regularly appears in more general pub guides - eg The Good Pub Guide, and a 25 year certificate is on display. It also appears in the "Strangest Pubs in Britain" book.
Don't forget to sign the visitors book - situated by the entrance on an old school desk - when you finally come to leave.
This is most definitely a must visit pub and I would encourage you to visit and experience it for yourself when you possibly can, but you might be advised to refrain from telling Alan that it's difficult to find !
JohnBonser - 26 May 2010 12:48
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