Since the relaunch in 2016, some 150 guest ales have flowed through the five handpull bar, alongside three house beers - 'Coach House Gunpowder Mild', 'Weetwood Eastgate' and 'Shropshire Gold'. Listed in the Good Beer Guide 2019, we are among few pubs in south Cheshire to keep a permanent cask mild and we support LocAle.
Open fires - when needed - rug covered wood and tiled floors and traditional furniture all add to the ambience of our well-preserved bars and dining rooms. Our locally sourced fresh food menu includes 'Cliffe Bank Beef' from the pub's village farm. If tempted to stay, there are beautifully appointed en-suite rooms.
This one from the oldest cask ale brewery in Cheshire - founded 1991 after Greenalls closed - is full flavoured with notes of dark fruit, liquorice and treacle and just a light bitterness on the finish. A quite moreish, easy-drinking tipple - excellent with black pudding and pork.
Mild was popular with industrial workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They wanted to sink several pints to restore their energy without getting totally stotious. It fell into the doldrums some years ago, associated with flat caps and whippets, but theses days is enjoying something of a revival. It is so-called not because of lower strength but the lack of hoppy bitterness.
2016 – Winner Champion beer of Cheshire Milds
2015 – Gold SIBA NW Darks and Milds
1997 – Bronze – Champion Beer of Britain Mild
1994 – Silver – Champion Beer of Britain Milds
Brewed for the famous clock's centenary it becomes pretty well-known itself - quickly voted Champion Beer of Cheshire. A balanced amber ale, there's a malty, fruity experience both on the nose and the palate. Dig deeper and there's a hint of citrus from the whole leaf cascade hops followed with a long sweet, moreish, finish. Good with pies and cheeses. So it's three cheers for Queen Vic then.
Chester's Eastgate clock is second only to Big Ben as the most photographed timepiece in the world. It was made by J B Joyce of Whitchurch in 1899 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - which actually took place in 1897!
We don't know what her Majesty made of that delay but we had to wait a whole 100 years before the clock inspired this popular best bitter from Weetwood of Kelsall.
Champion beer of Cheshire 2017
A rich golden colour, Shropshire Gold is triple hopped with both British and Slovenia Goldings hops that combine with complex malts for distinctive light fruit aromas and gentle citrus flavours. A full-bodied English bitter with a crisp, dryish, finish this is good quaffing ale - but will also drink well with spicy food or fish 'n' chips.
There's a lot of gold about in brewing these days. Liquid gold that is, with many brewers prospecting in this particularly rich seam of the cask ale market. Salopian made an early strike with this one back in 1998, three years after launching the brewery in an old Shrewsbury diary. It's rather a nugget, winning many awards and becoming their best seller. Brewing capacity expanded exponentially and they now have a shiny new plant in Hadnall.
Bronze Bitter Category CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2012
CAMRA Champion Bitter of Britain 2011
3rd overall CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2011
West Mids CAMRA Bitter of the Year 2010, 2011
The Real Ale Morris Minor Traveller - In action at the Tilston Church Fete, Summer 2018.
The Real Ale Morris Minor Traveller - In action at Bolesworth Horse Show 2019.
The Real Ale Morris Minor Traveller - The nights are drawing in, October 2019.