Revamped pub re­opens and cel­e­brates town’s silk past

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A NEW pub which cel­e­brates the town’s in­dus­trial past has opened its doors.

The Silk Trader, on Brook Street, is the new name for the well-loved com­mu­nity hotspot for­mally known as the Boar Hound.

The pub un­der­went an ex­pen­sive re­fur­bish­ment in May, rip­ping away its 1980s in­te­rior and re­plac­ing it with a silk-themed decor.

There is a new open plan lay­out and lounge fea­tur­ing a re­claimed cable reel ta­ble with bobbin pen­dant light­ing.

The bar counter has been redesigned and re­built and boasts four new hand-pulls to serve an ex­clu­sive brew to mark the open­ing – Bobbin Ale.

Through­out the pub, pa­trons will no­tice throw­backs to Mac­cles­field’s past with his­tor­i­cal re­claimed bric-a-brac in­clud­ing his­tor­i­cal trade ad­verts and vin­tage sewing ma­chines.

One eye-catch­ing part of the pub is an in­stal­la­tion of hun­dreds of old silk thread bobbins.

The cov­ered court­yard has been re­stored to its for­mer glory, with hand painted mu­rals adorn­ing the brick walls.

The pub will also now serve food for the first time, in­clud­ing pies from Trea­cle Town Pie Company.

Neil Robin­son-Stanier, di­rec­tor of Robin­sons Brew­ery, which owns the pub, said: “The pub it­self had a very dated look when we first ar­rived.

“Any trace of the 1980’s in­te­rior has now van­ished and in its place is a pub that em­braces the ethos of the town’s his­tor­i­cal silk in­dus­try.”

Susan Forbes, business de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Robin­sons, said: “The Silk Trader is the con­tin­u­a­tion of Robin­sons’ com­mit­ment to Mac­cles­field and marks the third high pro­file re­fur­bish­ment that the brew­ery has car­ried out lo­cally dur­ing last 12 months. We know that our pubs of­fer the very best to cus­tomers old and new.”

●● The Silk Trader pub

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