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Olde Vic, Stockport

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My final pub in Stockport took me to the Edgeley area of the town. This pub has limited opening hours. But being near to the football ground, it does open when Stockport are playing at home. They were nearing the end of their match on my visit. But the pub was quiet. It's a small corner pub with a bit of character and friendly staff. The ale selection was varied - Salopian Luna, Mallinson's Ekka, Hopcraft Queen Anne's Revenge & Mad Dog Stouty McStout Face. There are also two real ciders, which were Lilley's Sunset & Cotswold Cider Company No Brainer. The game finished and still nobody came in! But I had a train to catch, in any case.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Oct 2018 21:41
Visited on a Friday night after much hype from friends. The beer selection available that evening didn't blow me away as expected from the hype. Good, decent real ale but a bit of a disappointment to find I believe it was 4 casks compared to what's available in the Crown.

The Bollington ale was good quality but that was the only brewery available I hold in regard. It was definitely interesting to visit as the inside is far better that the front visually and if you include the outside area at the back a much bigger place than suggested from the front.

I wouldn't be against going back in but we aren't ones who like to sit at the bar and chat to strangers and therefore felt a little awkward and we didn't want to stay for more than one. Also we did get a bit of a scolding from the landlord upon leaving, because we had not taken our glasses back to the bar.

Will be a while before we go back.
georgefox - 20 Dec 2014 00:45
Worst pub in Stockport. Totally run down inside and out. Landlord very rude and arrogant unless you are a regular one of those places where if your face doesnt fit. Real shame as fo few real ale pubs around in Stockport now. Has the potential to be a great little pub as it once was but is being left to go to wrack and ruin real shame..
stockport2013 - 2 Sep 2014 13:56
It would appear this place spends more time CLOSED than open.
A reason to mark down in my book.
bjbrummiejohn - 1 Aug 2014 08:10
its a dump outside,its a dump inside too,landlord a god-bothering nosey parker listening in on peoples conversations for anyone blaspheming i think he used to work for the stasi,well worth avoiding....
kippo - 19 Sep 2013 12:24
One of the best places to go if you want a good chat with your beer (see also the Clarendon in Sunderland), with only modest taking out of a southerner. Wonderful pub, beer superb.
mtaylor40 - 9 Aug 2012 23:29
outside's been done up a little now. still great inside with quality ales from micros. the place to go for good informed conversation
juninhocrunch - 8 Aug 2012 13:12
The pub that time forgot. Been past several times and not been sure if it's open or close. Once in, you're surrounded dust, decay and 1980's police memorabillia, old stoves, the list goes on, there's something odd in very corner. Bit like an very odd junk shop the serves beer.
Excellent place.
Juanfortheroad - 3 Jun 2012 10:58
My mistake, mancunianlass. I must have short changed myself and then reimbursed me without a murmur, but with guilt written all over my face, when challenged. My apologies for having misunderstood the situation so much.
standardanswer - 6 Feb 2012 10:18
Re comment below Steve would never short change anyone he can be harsh with idiots but totally honest
mancunianlass - 24 Oct 2011 16:38
A great pub serving incredible beer, but unfortunately this gem is fatally flawed by the ignorant thug of a landlord. (Saying that he is an ex policeman explains a lot) Steve is basically an ignorant bully who will insult and intimidate you if your face doesn't fit.

If you are not one of the chosen few who he favours then it is also best to check your change before leaving the bar.
standardanswer - 23 Jun 2011 16:24
Proper pub! Loved the stuff on the walls, obviously a "proper" collection and not just pub dressing. Especially liked the clock card rack c/w cards. that bought back memories of my apprenticeship days.

Popped in for one on the way back from the Crown to the station. Obviously beer was the major draw but we were told that the landlord had a computer and might let us use it to get directions to a couple of pubs back in Manchester.

Result! Top bloke, served us a great pint and let us abuse his technology.

Can't say if I will ever return, depends if the Mrs goes to see take That again and abandons me in a foreign city.


427scr - 14 Jun 2011 13:30
I've been visiting this pub for around 3 years now. Its tatty, junk-laiden appearance is a good point, not a bad one. The landlord, Steve, can give you a detailed history of almost every object there.

The atmosphere is great. You're bound to strike up a conversation with strangers if you sit at the bar. The pub argument is the only game provided. The quality of players in this pub is excellent, so be warned!

The beer is excellent: of the possibly 200 different brews I've had in this pub, only three have not been to my taste. And that's the beer's fault, not the landlord's :)

Useful details: 2 minutes walk from the Edgely exit of Stockport Train station (walk up the cobbled car park, turn right, and it's on the corner of the next left turn.) 5 ever-changing real ales (mainly pale ales and bitters, very occasionally a stout or a porter). Weston's Old Rosy cider. Fine pork pies. San Miguel, Peroni, Fosters, Guinness.

Opening hours: Closed all day Monday. Opens at 5pm on weekdays, 1pm on Sundays (with quiz with prizes at 7pm), and 7pm on Saturdays. Licenced to open until 3am, but the land lord may get bored with you all before then :)
rjek - 13 May 2011 16:42
A great pub friendly customers and staff, the landlord is fantastic character.
pgriffin - 27 Mar 2011 18:24
Called in here on recommendation from a regular at the Crown and it was well worth the trek up the hill. Not what I expected at all. A little clicky in there but we had a good night beer was good and the quirky interior was enjoyed
fallowfield - 20 Mar 2011 10:28
What a super little place!! Jammed full of character!
First visit revealed a bustling bar with a yard is full of curios! Must visit when Curry-oke night is on, fun, food & entertainment, what more could a gal want!?

scoobybobs - 17 Mar 2011 17:37
Yes its still open and flourishing. Note that it does not open during the day
Greatbear - 13 Nov 2010 10:38
Can I have some clarification regarding this pub please? Is it open or closed down? I keep getting mixed messages with conflicting views as to it being open or shut. Thanks
realalerules1983 - 27 Aug 2010 18:30
Last time I was in Stockport this was going to be my first pub before going to The Crown and then The Magnet. Unfortunately it was shut, I hadn't realised that it probably opens at teatime. I got there for about 3.30pm.
I SHALL RETURN!!
realalerules1983 - 30 Jul 2010 16:46
Great little pub 2nd best in Stockport ( The Crown being 1st ) With larger than life landlord and great pub dog { Molly } Great atmosphere with strict no swearing policy. Excellent wel kept beer, a must visit when in Stockport
tracynoe - 24 Aug 2009 17:10
About time this was done up, looks like it may be in the process now, but it's been like this for months, a very old building and one that ought to take pride in itself and look as good as the Crown down the road.
Good little pub, good choice of ales don't be put off by the scruffy exterior.
A minor quibble unfortuantely though, it seems to have a real Sale Sharks bias, which as a football fan of the club that's been across the way for over 125 years it's a tad annoying.
ToxtethOGrady - 8 Aug 2009 12:38
I think the pub should keep the exterior it has as then it remains more of a secret, albeit a somewhat open one! Good to see a street corner local this bustling on a Saturday night, this place is packed with character and has an excellent ambience. Be prepared for an interesting welcome from the landlord. No swearing!
Carlurmston - 2 Mar 2009 14:16
Everything a pub should be - always 3 or 4 real ales on and always kept in excellent condition. Open fire, friendly dog and gregarious landlord. Good jukebox and lots of bric a brac and books on show. A really special place.
Chubbyduck - 8 Feb 2009 20:25
From the outside, as the photo shows, this appears to be an uninspiring run down street corner pub - it is half boarded up and you might easily be mistaken for thinking it is closed. Inside however is a warm friendly pub serving 4-5 different beers, of which I went for the Facers Flintshire Bitter.

Note the splendid array of pump clips adorning the ceiling, indicating a strong commitment to real ale.

The pub can easily be accessed from the rear exit of Stockport Station.

I found out the hard way that the pub does not open at lunchtimes, so bear this in mind.

( memo to self - pay more attention in future to previous BITE reviews, Good Beer Guide descriptions etc !)


JohnBonser - 30 Jul 2008 12:56
Cracking little pub with a real enthusiasm for their beer, 4/5(?) handpumps incl Millstoneís Three Shires in fantastic condition on my last visit.
Pub looks closed down from the outside and only opens evenings (from 17:00 most days) but worth a detour for selection and condition of ales. Down to earth atmos but you have to mind your language and, even if Iíve had a reminder on that score, thatís no bad thing!
trainman - 20 Sep 2007 07:14
Classic traditional town pub, very welcoming even though I looked out of place in my suit. Micro Golden beer not to my taste but this was I think not a reflection on pub cellarmanship. Wonderful.
mtaylor40 - 10 Mar 2007 12:18
Any idea what time this opens on a Saturday? We're coming for the football and want somewhere decent that opens at 11 before we go to the Crown.
eddierowles - 7 Dec 2006 13:14
DO NOT let it's appearence fool you. This is one of the best pubs in Stockport and much frequented by the local CAMRA branch. If you go for atmosphere, friendliness and excellent stewardship then this is your kind of place. If you want to pose and drink overpriced continental cat p**s, please go elsewhere and leave us serious drinkers alone.
anonymous - 29 Jun 2006 00:09
The careworn exterior might give the impression that the pub is closed but step inside and you will find one of the most friendly pubs around. With its comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and ever-changing beer range, it is a must when visiting Stockport (you will find it just downhill from the top of the station approach at the rear of the station). Burley landlord Steve may seem a little daunting but is a real character with a ready quip. Bad language is frowned upon here.
Alerover - 12 Jun 2006 20:46
Great traditional boozer, excellent landlord and landlady, make you very welcome. Only been going in for a few months but already hooked!! Sells a selection of cask ales and a couple of dangerous strong ciders, (Westons!! over 7%).Working on an improved outside area for the summer, only open evenings but get yourself down there.Very near Stockport station.
stellahead - 16 Mar 2005 19:19
excellent small pub with a mixed clientele. Good old Juke box , pleasingly spared from pop,dance and hip hop nonsense. Ever changing range of guest beers from Micros including lots of small lesser known beers. 2 draught ciders , occassional wine. Not usually open at lunchtime. tuesday night quiz. Open fire and charcater landlord
Greatbear - 8 Nov 2004 20:03

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