The Pied Bull, Chester

Posted on 04/07/2013, in Cheshire, Real Ale Pub Reviews, with 0 Comments

The Pied Bull is an historic Chester city centre pub that has origins as far back as 1155 and is reputed to be the oldest licenced premises in Chester. The strengths of the pub lie in the wide selection of real ales on cask (along with a couple of their own brews which I’ll get to in a bit), and the cosy traditional style of the interior. Given that it’s a city centre pub with history you can expect to bump into a variety of characters in there ranging from…

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The Magnet Freehouse, Stockport

Posted on 08/11/2012, in Cheshire, Real Ale Pub Reviews, with 0 Comments

I popped into The Magnet for a quick pint shortly after it opened in November 2009 and have been a regular visitor ever since. From the outset it was quite simply streets ahead of anything else in the area in terms of range, quality and value – and this is an area already sporting a couple of very decent local real ale emporia. When it first opened, it was still very much a work in progress and the owners have continued to improve, extend and generally beautify it ever since….

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