This is an example of a Pub of the Year nomination for the Wharf in 2013. It is not a current nomination!
A popular free house with the local branch. The Wharf, on Black Road. closed for some time, was purchased by Chris Stairmand, formerly of the Hollins, and a period of redecoration followed. The one roomed pub reopened in Sept 2011. The central bar has been painted to reference a narrowboat (the Wharf is just down the road from the Macclesfield marina) and around it Chris has managed to include both a cosy ‘snug’ type area, (carpet, a real stove in the fireplace, lined by shelves laden with books and games) and a more open wood floored area with space for darts, pool, live music nights, and a large screen TV which is only on for big matches and events, and which does not impinge on the front part of the pub. There are five handpumps, Wharf Bitter and 4 guests from nationwide but often local beers as well. A dark beer and a gold are usually on. There is also a real cider, craft Keg beers, and a wide range of English and foreign bottled beers, wheat beers, and now gluten free beers. Open from 4pm to 12.00 Mon to Wed, and 12.00-12.00 Thurs/Fri and weekends. Pub of the Season for summer 2012, and GBG 2013/14 entry.
The Wharf has an outstanding record for quality over the last 18 months, Chris has a house beer brewed by a Yorkshire brewer and up to 4 guest beers from far afield and local. There will usually be a stout/porter/mild on the bar, and a balance of blonde and amber beers make up the rest. Another hand pull will be added soon. A real cider or perry is always available as well as an inventive range of craft Keg. A large bottled beer selection, including even gluten free, make for a great choice for all tastes. "Meet the Brewer"; evenings have been held. Chris even has a "HopRocket"; with which to show off certain hop styles and their effects. Beer score is 3.87 for the last 12 months.
Chris the landlord is only to happy to engage customers on his selection of beers and beer styles in general and to offer samples, often unprompted. The service is of a high standard from all the staff, and Chris is very conscious that his staff should reflect well on his pub. The pub is a great supporter of CAMRA and has all the local magazines and leaflets on display. Chris is a keen user of social media sites and posts details of all his beers on there on a very regular basis. To say the landlord was passionate about beer would be a gross understatement.
Starting from the outside the Wharf looks an attractive pub, situated on a corner and in great exterior decorative order. The decor and finish is of a high standard through out and in tune with the age of the pub. A central bar divides the pub into effectively lounge and public bar areas. The front part of the pub(lounge) has plenty of seating, real fire, and reading area/library, leading round to a more open area with a pool table,dart boards and skittles as well as entrance to the outside drinking /smoking area. The Wharf is a regular for a wide range of customers- families, locals of all ages and sports fans. It is rare not to find yourself chatting to another customer, as the pub has a friendly atmosphere.
This pub has a great local following, as well as drawing in real ale lovers from far and wide. It runs the following teams; 2x seven a side football; 2x Pool; 2x Darts; 2x Skittles. Live music at the weekends is always welcome, and some great acts have been seen there, from a 16 piece swing band, to solo folk artists, with all stations in between. Last year Chris even invited the jubilee street party to use the pub as it was washed out, and even let them bring in their own beer and food! Dogs are welcome, also children, if well behaved. Customers are welcome to borrow books from the shelves and as well as the CAMRA information, there are often leaflets on local issues.
Nominated by Dave Hasler Jan 2013