A large lively crowd gathered late afternoon at the Cotton Tree on Sat 14th Jan 2017 to listen to Bluegrass followed by the presentation by CAMRA to Jayne and Christina. The “Tree”, as it’s known locally, has been run by this mother and daughter team for just under two years and offers five real ales & two ciders. A small cosy pub with a log burner and rocking chair in front of the fire. The three areas have a dedicated theme: canals, railways and guitars. Christina has promised a small model railway although one suspects the builder might be getting distracted by the real ale as progress seems slow. Mainly a cash-only wet-led pub with occasional excellent “when its gone, its gone” home cooked food. Jayne & Christina surprised us with a lovely buffet of which the highlight was the pheasant game pie. Coincidentally the local gamekeeper turned up with a brace of birds just after the presentation decked out in all the gear – all legal by the way! A group was found in one corner called the “Bollington Real Ale ramblers” who walk hard but then enjoy a pint or two.
The Tree is easy to find as it’s opposite Bollington bus terminus. Many a drinker can be seen keeping one eye on the last bus. It’s such a landmark that the bus ticket now has the name of the pub on it. The Cotton Tree is obviously named after the cotton trade with two large mills still dominating the skyline aside the canal.
Rob Nicholson, Jan 2017