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The Young Pretender, Congleton - pub details

Young Pretender
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Address: 30-34 Lawton Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1RS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 44431) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Congleton (0.8 miles)

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user reviews of the Young Pretender, Congleton

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After almost two years, I have now made another visit, and am pleased to report that the door has been fixed and now opens normally. [ To be honest I can’t remember what was wrong with it ]

This time I sampled the food. It was actually difficult to see a menu - until I noticed they were on all the tables ! The range is restricted. Besides the pies previously mentioned, there was chilli, sandwiches and a couple of other items. Nor was it cheap, apart from the sandwiches, everything was over £7. I tried the club sandwich (£6.50) and is was very nice, being a large portion served with salad.

As I said before, there are 5 cask beers available on tap, plus a couple of craft kegs. None of them sounded very appealing – all much of a muchness. I tried the Blackjack Bramling Cross, which was entirely reasonable. One item I didn’t notice before is that on the wall opposite the bar (i.e. directly behind your back if you are ordering) is an extensive list of the bottled beers they stock. It seemed a bit garbled, partly being sorted by type and partly by country of origin.

Finally, I’ve remembered some more of the special events they have on – including a film night, a knitting evening and a monthly metal detectors night !

Oh, and there were more people in than my last visit – though still not crowded.

Martinsh - 27 Jan 2017 23:16
Fairly trendy bar in the town centre that seemed to have some kind of ale tasting session on for my visit yesterday evening. All of the beers on the bar were from Thornbridge - Ruin, Wye, Lord Marples, Jaipur & Wild Side. So I'd imagine these were the ales being tasted. Cider was Sandford Orchards Devon Scrumpy and the bottled beer range looked quite impressive. There was a nice atmosphere in here and this certainly seems a place where people will gather for various events. There appeared to be a small outdoor area at the rear. With a Titanic pub and a Joules pub nearby (neither of which I tried on this visit), Congleton is not a bad place for a drink.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Apr 2015 21:23
This is a former shop that has been turned into a bar / cafe. The first hurdle to negotiate when visiting is to open the door correctly ! [ There is a notice explaining how to do it ]

The front is set out as a drinking area with brick pillars, grey walls and a mix of seating (leather settees or wooden chairs / tables). Also various hand-written notices of local events – “Congleton unplugged” was coming up. Further back is the bar where there is room to stand if that’s your choice. When I arrived at 2.30 pm on a Saturday, there appeared to be 3 or 4 groups of people there, but within 10 minutes they all left together ! [ They were on a minibus pub crawl ].

There were 5 or 6 beers available, of which I had the Great Heck Voodoo Mild – which was very nice. I’m not sure about food, but one of the notices was for “this week’s pies”.

Will visit again some time – hopefully when there’s a bit more atmosphere !

Martinsh - 1 Mar 2015 23:58

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