Tasty grub pulls in the pun­ters

Stockport Times West - - BEER - JOHN CLARKE

THE Red Lion, 83 Stock­port Road, Chea­dle, SK8 2AJ SOME years ago the Red Lion was a pretty ba­sic pub.

To­day it’s a large, ram­bling kind of place with a very tra­di­tional and com­fort­able ap­pear­ance.

There’s lots of wood and warm fab­rics and in the win­ter a real fire just adds to the wel­com­ing feel.

While the move up­mar­ket was con­tro­ver­sial at the time, to­day the Red Lion has set­tled back into its role as a popular com­mu­nity lo­cal.

For the past three-anda-half years it has been run by Dean Machin who came to the pub from a ho­tel in North Wales. Why the move to Chea­dle?

Dean tells me he took the op­por­tu­nity to take on the Red Lion as it was a fit with what he had done be­fore and he saw an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the pub and build trade – which he has cer­tainly suc­ceeded in do­ing as trade is up mas­sively over the past three years.

This has come on the back of on­go­ing and sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment – the bar tops and floors have re­cently been sanded and re-var­nished, for ex­am­ple.

A lot of that in­vest­ment has gone into the kitchen and this is now re­flected in the sub­stan­tial and well-re­garded food op­er­a­tion here.

Kitchen hours are 12-2.30pm and 5-9pm on Mon­day to Fri­day, 12-9pm on Satur­days and 12-7.30pm on Sun­days.

All the food is home­made and runs from tra­di­tional pub clas­sics to more con­tem­po­rary dishes, with some em­pha­sis on fresh fish.

It all sounds very tempt­ing and my at­ten­tion was also caught by the im­pres­sive cheese­board, too.

Beers are from Robin­sons with Dizzy Blondes and Uni­corn ac­com­pa­nied by the reg­u­lar sea­sonal and at least one other beer from the Robin­sons range. There’s tra­di­tional cider, too.

Check out the Thurs­day night quizzes. Buses will drop you close by so call in soon.

Cask beers: Robin­sons Uni­corn, Dizzy Blonde, sea­sonal beer and one other from the Robin­sons range.

Open­ing hours: 12 noon – 11pm ev­ery day.

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