23 March 2018
Out Inn Cheshire

The Out Inn CHESHIRE magazine is now available in your local pub or online. Issue 75 was published August 2017

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Our Branch..

Besides Macclesfield, our branch includes Congleton, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Wilmslow and surrounding areas. Postcodes covered are CW12, CW4, WA16, SK9, SK10 & SK11 (in Cheshire).

Old news & events
This page is an archive of all old news and articles. Some of the information might be out of date. Current news can be found on the home page and the current news page.
Branch aims for 2013

Each year the branch is asked to pick three specific aims to achieve over the year. After suggestions at the AGM and debate by the committee, the following aims have been agreed on. To use some management speak, we have tried to make them SMART targets.

  Re-survey pubs for HOPS/WhatPub
Specific 10 pubs a month over 10 months. We have ~250 pubs in our branch. This figure of 100 means all our real ale pubs will be up to date (many are already up to date) and next year we can cover the remaining ones
Measurable Yes - Dave can run off a reports to show we've re-surveyed 100 pubs
Achievable Yes just - with the current active members we can just do this. If a handful of other members could help out, it becomes much more achievable
Realistic Yes - this is one well defined way that we can really help market pubs and ties in with the CAMRA national initiative to get www.whatpub.com launched to the public this year
Time Yes - 10 months (before AGM)
Submit more beer scores
Specific Increase the number of beer scores received in 2013 by 20% compared to 2013
Measurable Yes
Achievable Yes - by offering prizes
Realistic Yes - beer scores are the bedrock of our GBG selection process and each year we bemoan not getting enough scores
Time Yes - 10 months (before AGM)
Improve email communication with members
Specific Phase 1: increase the accuracy of email address held in the membership system by a) asking members to validate their email address, b) sending letters to whose who don't confirm and c) telephoning the remainder (assuming <50). Phase 2: send out attractive HTML emails to members once a month
Measurable Phase 1 partially as we can compare number of email addresses that don't bounce and then compare with the bounce rate at the end of project. Phase 2: yes, by the fact the emails start going out
Achievable Yes although keeping one a month will be tough
Realistic Yes as we have >500 members who we need to keep in touch with more effectively than letters (which we can't afford) and hopefully a stepping to stone to getting more members involved socially & practically
Time Phase 1 by end June and HTML emails starting July


In addition to the above, George is working with local licensees with a self-help website & discussion group. However, as details of this wasn't available at the last committee meeting, we had to push ahead with the above. However, we fully support George in this additional initiative. The aims for last year (2012) can be found here.

Meeting with William Robinson
Members of the Branch met with William Robinson of Robinsons Brewery on 12th November at the Red Lion, Lower Withington. 

An interesting and far reaching discussion took place covering topics such as the current pub scene, including the impact of the beer duty escalator, Robinsons' estate strategy, disposal of redundant pubs and plans for the historic Albion window.  A comprehensive note of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here

Pub of the Year 2012
Egerton Chelford Following on from its selection as Pub of the Season for Summer 2011 the Egerton Arms at Chelford continued its run of success being recently voted as the Branch’s Pub of the Year for 2012. It won from a shortlist of four – the others being the Poacher’s Bollington, the Treacle Tap and Waters Green Tavern, both Macclesfield. 

Since purchasing the freehold of the pub from Punch the landlord Jeremy Hague has shown great enthusiasm in converting a standard Chef and Brewer outlet into a community pub for the village. It’s still a pub for diners but is also serious about its beer. There is usually a choice of four ales including two from local micros such as Mobberley, RedWillow and Tatton. The presentation took place at the pub on the evening of Wednesday 4th April.

Union Club Alderley Edge is Club of the Year
Presentation Pic Macclesfield and East Cheshire Branch has for the first time selected a recipient for the Club of the Year award, namely the Union Club Alderley Edge, or to give it its official title, the Sports and Social Club.  The award was presented by Tony Icke during the fourth annual Micro Beer Festival at the club on 14 July.  Tony commented that the Union Club had stood out as an obvious candidate for the award, having built up a reputation over the last few years for good facilities, a welcoming atmosphere and a constantly good standard of real ales, which can now be enjoyed in comfort in the recently refurbished lounge area. Steward Duncan Stephenson normally provides a changing selection of up to four real ales, most of them from local micros, and his enthusiasm is exemplified by the staging of what has become an annual beer festival.

CAMRA members and Good Beer Guide holders are admitted free during club licensing hours and inexpensive one-day membership is available to the public.

Bar opening hours are 12.00 to 2.30pm and 6.00pm to midnight  Monday to Saturday and 7.00 to 11.00pm Sundays.
Egerton Arms Chelford is Pub of the Year
Presentation PicThe branch has voted the Egerton Arms in Chelford as their 2012 Pub of the Year. On April 4th Chairman Rob Nicholson presented the award to Jeremy and Anne Hague in a well-filled pub with a good number of members in attendance. Rob opened by saying that support for pubs in these difficult times is as much a part of CAMRA’s focus as promoting real ale. He outlined the criteria used to judge the Pub of the Year, these being beer quality, pub experience, the pub in the community and staff quality. Rob acknowledged the tremendous improvement in all these criteria since the pub became a free house in 2009, reserving particular praise for the staff who work in the pub. Whilst the pub is still a very popular food outlet the keenness to promote good beers was emphasised by the presence of seven cask ales, five from local micros. Such backing for local brewers is another key element of CAMRA’s work.

This award follows on from the pub achieving Pub of the Season in summer 2011. The award automatically enters the pub in the Regional Pub of the Year competition. We congratulate Jeremy and Anne and wish them well for this next stage.

Summer Pub of the Season: The Wharf Macclesfield
The Wharf, on Brook Street Macclesfield, was recently presented with the ‘Pub of the Season’ award by the local Macclesfield and East Cheshire branch of CAMRA. In these days of closing pubs, and dominating pub companies, the award was in recognition of the fantastic effort put in by Chris Stairmand, supported by his family and staff, to create a thriving pub that would attract locals and visitors alike.

  Previously landlord/tenant of the Hollins Macclesfield which began to be a destination pub for music and comedy, Chris took the leap of buying the Wharf when it came up for sale. The pub had already been opened out into one large room with a central bar area, and Chris redecorated the pub to reflect the pub’s name and the nearby canal heritage. His passion for real ale means there are now up to four beers on handpump - always the Otter Bitter, frequently a local such asMacclesfield’s Redwillow, or beers from Tatton, Offbeat or Wincle, as well as beers from further afield. Unusually, even in the Summer, one of the beer choices may be a dark beer. There is real cider or perry, as well as a good range of home and foreign bottled beers and ciders.

 Presenting the award, David Hasler, from the local branch, highlighted the variety of people who had come to celebrate the award - locals, beer lovers, family, visitors, a local pub football team after practice. He said that Chris had managed to make a pub that people wanted to visit - to play pool, to sit outside, to meet friends, to listen to live music and, of course, to drink well kept real ale in a welcoming atmosphere.

Egerton Arms Astbury is Spring Pub of the Season 2012
Astbury GreenSpring POTS 2012The Egerton Arms at Astbury has been announced as the Branch's Spring Pub of the Season. Licencees Allen and Grace Smith, who run the pub together with the help of their daughter Haley, received the award from Branch Secretary John Barber, in front of regulars and Branch members on 27th March, a lovely spring evening with the village green carpeted in a host of golden daffodils. John commented "there could hardly be a more perfect pub to visit in springtime. Set in the heart of beautiful Astbury village, it caters fantastically well for diners, families, tourists and drinkers who can relax in the bar and enjoy four beers from the Robinsons range". Having run the pub successfully for 17 years, Allen and Grace ensure it is both at the heart of the community in Astbury and welcomes travellers from near and far. But Allen is quick to pay tribute to his staff. "It is the team behind me that make this pub and they deserve all the credit for this award".
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