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Fools Nook

 Fools Nook Inn




Leek Road, Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 0JF






Closed again!

The pub was closed for 9 months after being seriously damaged by flood water in autumn 2012, then re-opened in 2013. However, it has not been succesful and is once again closed. In 04/2015 I have heard that it has been sold - but to be a pub or a house?


This 17thC. building dates from before the Leek road and the Macclesfield Canal were built in the early 19thC. Located only yards from the canal, this is a very popular overnight stop for boaters.

The name is thought to originate from the last jester, or fool, in a stately home, namely nearby Gawsworth Hall. Samuel 'Maggoty' Johnson possibly took his ale in a corner, or nook, within this pub! Maggoty is a famed local character and he is buried up at Gawsworth.





Other facilities:

Small beer garden.

Finding it:

canal map | road map

On A523 Leek road, two miles south of Macclesfield, at Oak Grove, Sutton. At Oak Grove swing bridge 49 on the Macclesfield Canal. Plenty of casual moorings south of the bridge. Accident blackspot! Cross the main road with great care! Please supervise children!!