... and the odd restaurant and takeaway! Listed from north to south.
are also included in a separate section.
Please note - the individual pub pages are being
re-developed; several pages do not yet contain data or pictures
and the map links have not all been set!
An * indicates those premises within about 100 metres of the Macclesfield
Canal. Those pubs that are known to serve food are indicated as such.
Table booking is not normally necessary in pubs but some establishments
will reserve tables on request. However, there are some notable establishments
that should always be booked, and these are noted as such. Those
pubs without mention of food in the list below may well serve food
- so check to clear doubt! Many of these pubs have their own pages
- links are provided in the detail pages. Distances are approximate
- I didn't pace them out!
The pub trade is in a period of some turmoil. Closures are common,
often at short notice, and I don't always get to hear of them doing
so in a timely manner. So I apologise if you should turn up at one
and find it gone! If that does happen, please send me a message -
there is an email link at the bottom of every page.
- Navigation Hotel; Marple near br.1. Go down lock flight to main road, turn left, 50 metres.
- *Ring O'Bells; Marple br.2. Food.
- The Crown; Hawk Green, Marple, 150m uphill from br.3, 300m from br.4. Food.
Shoe Inn, Dog & Partridge; High Lane br.11.
- *Bull's Head; High
- *High Lane Balti
Cuisine; I think this is a take
away only. Close to br.11. 01663-766686.
Garden; Chinese take away. Close to br.11.
- Thai Restaurant; adjacent to Canal Company warehouse in High Lane Arm, downhill from br.11 on left. 01663-765005.
Higher Poynton, Wood Lanes
- *Boar's Head; Higher Poynton br.15 100m, food at lunch time. 01625-876676.
- *Miners Arms;
Lanes br.18, down lane, right at junction. Food lunch and dinner,
every day. 01625-872731.
- For descriptions and locations (with map) of all the
Bollington pubs, cafés, restaurants and hotels see the Happy
Valley web site pub pages. There is a huge range of excellent
meals available, not to mention the real ales, way beyond what
might be expected in such a small town. They even have two prize
Many of these establishments are accessed via hole
i' the wall steps near br.27. Find these by coming
off the towpath a few metres north of br.27 and following the
footpath in front of Aqueduct Cottage. The steps are very steep
and not suitable for small children, dogs or anyone with walking
difficulties. In that case we recommend that you walk down the
street (Hurst Lane) and turn sharp right at the bottom, or cross
the canal via footbridge 26A (by Clarence mill) and walk down
Clarence Road to Palmerston Street.
Windmill Inn; Whiteley Green, downhill 250m from br.25, good
food. Booking advised for evenings 01625-574222.
Vale Inn and Brewery Tap; Bollington, 200m downhill
from br.26 (no footpath along winding lane); down track off towpath
10m from br.26A, tight right into park, cross to diagonally opposite
corner, pub among the cottages, or downhill from br.27, left
at Palmerston Street, turn right at Adlington Road, then 250m.
Good food every lunch and dinner. They
brew their own prize winning ales! Free
- Dog & Partridge;
150m downhill from br.27, left at Palmerston Street, on right.
Drinkers pub, no food. Robinson's beers.
Bush; Now CLOSED! Future uncertain. 200m
i' the wall steps
near br.27, right along Palmerston Street, over river bridge,
on left, food; check on 01625-573073. Robinson's beers.
Arms; 250m via hole i' the wall steps
near br.27, right along Palmerston Street, over river bridge, on
right opposite public car park. Popular drinkers pub, no food.
House Inn; via hole i' the wall steps near br.27,
right along Palmerston Street, continue to mini-roundabout, right
into Church Street, 70m on left, good food every lunch time
and evening. Booking advised for evenings 01625-574014.
Inn; via hole i' the wall steps
near br.27, featuring beers from the Happy Valley Brewery and others;
right along Palmerston Street, continue to mini-roundabout, then
ahead up Ingersley Road, passing the New
Con Club (members club) and the Cotton
Tree (no food), just past the Viceroy Indian
restaurant, on the right, at far end of terrace, about 300m (about ¾ mile
in total). Good food lunch and dinner every day except Monday (you
can bring your own food on Mondays, eg. Italian, Chinese or Indian
takeaway, they provide plates and cutlery), booking 01625−572086.
Free house, regular CAMRA recognition and well worth the walk!
Inn; find as for Church House above, but continue
to far end of Church Street. A bit far but noted for its wonderful
pizzas; also takeaway pizzas and other dishes. Also sells very
Italian cuisine; also takeaway, lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday,
dinner Saturday from 4.30pm, Sunday lunch, dinner and Sunday
booking recommended 01625-573898, via hole
i' the wall steps
near br.27, right along Palmerston Street,
on the right 20m past river bridge.
via hole i' the wall steps
near br.27, right along Palmerston Street, right into High Street,
90m on left. Book for evening 01625-578182.
at Bollington Green;
English cuisine, Michelin listed; Closed Sunday evening and all
day Monday & Tuesdays during winter season - please phone
to check, booking advised 01625-575058, via hole
i' the wall steps near br.27, right along Palmerston Street,
right into High Street, 100m on left.
chippy takeaway, via hole i' the wall steps
near br.27, right along Palmerston Street, 250m beyond river
left; open 5.30 to late, closed Monday and Tuesday.
Restaurant; Indian cuisine; also takeaway, open every evening
and Sunday lunch, booking 01625-573006 / 572304, via hole
i' the wall steps
near br.27, right along Palmerston Street, continue to mini-roundabout,
then ahead veering right up Ingersley Road, about 300m (about ¾ mile
lounge bar & restaurant; Indian cuisine; also takeaway,
booking 01625-576465. 250 metres downhill from Adelphi wharf
via aqueduct steps and Grimshaw Lane. Monday-Saturday from 5.00pm,
Sunday from 1.00pm.
- Olivea Pizzas takeaway, next door to Bayleaf
above. Just very good pizzas.
Clarke Lane westwards half mile from br.29. Very good food lunch
time and evenings. Book for peak times, 01625-573202.
- Three Crowns,
Hurdsfield; uphill 300m from br.34.
- *Britannia, Hurdsfield;
downhill 100m from br.34.
- *Puss in Boots;
canal side at br.37.
- The Wharf, Brook Street; downhill
from br.37, 1st left into Union Street, continue past marina entrance,
becomes Brook Street, on left, altogether 400m.
Highly rated by
local CAMRA group! Outstanding beers. Well worth the walk.
- *Navigation 150m
downhill from br.38; 100m br.39, to road, on left, or downhill
and 1st right from br.40.
- Many pubs in Macclesfield town centre; downhill half mile from br.34, 35, 37, 40.
One of the most popular overnight stops between br.43 and br.44 with lots of deep mooring space along the embankment with access in either direction.
Olde King's Head; Gurnett,
opening 12.00 daily; down steps at Gurnett (Sutton) aqueduct.
Good beer and food.
Sutton Gamekeeper; Half mile
from Gurnett (Sutton) aqueduct in Sutton village; good beer,
excellent food, game a speciality.
Hall; Sutton, 200m driveway adjacent to br.44,
beautiful Tudor building prize winning restoration 2008, pub
and restaurant, very good food every session, big choice of cask
ales (Brunning & Price free house); beer prices slightly
higher than local average.
Oak Grove to Buglawton
- *Fool's Nook; CLOSED
Grove br.49, 01260-253662. Popular overnight stop with lots of
mooring space. Accident
the main road with great care! Please supervise children!!
- Bosley locks; Unfortunately there are no pubs
near to Bosley locks. The nearest are two located in Bosley village
c.1 mile east of br.55 (turn right at traffic lights, but no path
or grass verge on most of A54, therefore a very
dangerous walk!). Bosley village can also be approached
via br.57, just south of the Dane Aqueduct, following the public
footpath eastwards across the fields to Bosley Mills over the river
bridge and go straight on (don't turn with the road) through the
mill yard under the railway bridge (can be rather wet) and then
follow the footpath up to Bosley village (total distance about
- Robin Hood, Buxton
Road (A54), Buglawton, Congleton (1/3 mile uphill from br.61);
Good overnight moorings by br.61. Good
- Church House, Buglawton; food 01260−272466;
third of a mile west from br.68. Robinson's beers.
Town pubs noted for the wide variety of real ales available.
- *Railway (access via
steps from towpath under high level bridge); food; Congleton Hightown
- *Queen's Head (access steps from
towpath south of railway bridge); Congleton Hightown br.75.
the Beartown Brewery tap, all cask ales and little else; close
to Congleton town centre, west of canal, access from br.68 (closest),
br.75 or Dog Lane Aqueduct at least 1 mile, in Willow Street,
200m along A54 (signed Buxton) from round-about at east end of
Mountbatten Way (the dual-carriageway). Very highly recommended
for real ale aficionados.
- Piano Bar, Bull's Head Hotel,
The Blossoms and
others; in Congleton town centre, west of canal, access from br.68,
br.75 or Dog Lane Aqueduct at least 1 mile.
- *The Wharf (downhill
50m); Congleton, Dog Lane Aqueduct.
Astbury to Kent Green
- Egerton Arms, Astbury Village, west c.1 mile from br.79 and 80, good food, restaurant service if preferred to bar.
- Horse Shoe Inn,
in the lanes to the east of the canal at Lockett's Tenement c.1
mile from br.80 and Watery Lane aqueduct.
Restaurant on A34 south of Astbury, near Great Moreton Hall;
1 mile west of br.83 and br.85. Superior quality dining. Lunches
and dinners (Tues to Sat, 7 courses Thur to Sat!), Sunday Plat
du Jour lunch. Famous for their pudding experience! Booking essential at
this prize winning restaurant, 01260−275161.
Kent Green, Scholar Green, Hall Green
Red Bull, Hardings Wood
- Red Bull; Red Bull adjacent to lock 43 T&MC,
access from Macclesfield Canal via steps at Pool Stock aqueduct;
- *Canal Tavern; off side at Harding's Wood junction beside lock 41 T&MC.
- *Blue Bell; specialises in real ale! Also outstanding selection of continental bottled lagers. Towpath side at Harding's Wood junction. A must for beer and lager drinkers.
- Higher Poynton: *Bayley's
Trading Post (01625-872277); chandlery, fuels, maps & guides,
canalia, teas, ices, provisions, day boat hire.
- Higher Poynton: Coffee
Tavern & General store, 150m from br.15.
- Wood Lanes; br.18: *Lyme Breeze Café-restaurant.
- Bollington Clarence Mill canalside: *Café Waterside (9.00-10.00pm,
7 days, 01625 575563) by br.26A. This is listed under
cafes but you can get a very good meal here!