Category Archives: Cheshire

The funeral of Phil McCartney

took place at 1pm on the 22nd January 2013 at St Thomas’s Church Mellor. It was a cold day with the ground covered with snow but brightened by sunshine. As expected, there was an exceptional attendance with various estimates of … Continue reading

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Phil McCartney, The Royal Oak

A sad day in Mellor today as we learned of the sudden death of one of the village’s most well known figures. Phil McCartney, the landlord of The Royal Oak, Longhurst lane collapsed at the bar on the evening of … Continue reading

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The Red Lion and a first chip

On Sunday 28th October, we went for Sunday lunch at the Red Lion in High Lane. This place continues to be one of the best places for Sunday lunch in the area. One of the reasons for its success is … Continue reading

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The Brave and the Damned

Hattersley, near Hyde in Tameside, Greater Manchester. Famous for the Moors Murderers, the doctor of death, Harold Shipman and now the cold blooded execution of two unarmed women police constables by a career criminal already wanted for two other murders … Continue reading

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Nobody likes me, nobody likes me…

Following a plea from one feeling abandoned in the Orient (and without his bears) this post takes the form of an apology from a slacker. April passed by without a post and it was not for the want of material … Continue reading

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Aahm waiting for the Naan…

Cheadle Hulme’s  night time economy has grown significantly since we left the area for Mellor some six years ago. There are now an increased number of restaurants including Gusto and another Indian, Silsila. A third pub, The Penny Black, has … Continue reading

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The best place for a Manchester Tart is…Marple Bridge

The residents of Marple and Marple Bridge enjoy the services of a number of excellent independent food retailers and one relatively recent addition is Libby’s, an outstanding artisan baker in Town Street, Marple Bridge. Everyone seems to have their favourite … Continue reading

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Chop, Chop to The Red Lion in High Lane!

The Red Lion is the most popular pub name in the UK according to the British Beer and Pub association. There are 759 Red Lions in 2009, over 100 ahead of the next most common, The Royal Oak. (Although no … Continue reading

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Sampling the Bubbles at The Purple Pakora

The Purple Pakora is the latest, perhaps the 4th or 5th,  branch of a successful local Indian food chain to open. They have  taken over the Basmati restaurant on Brabyns Brow between  Marple and Marple Bridge. A good pitch, opposite … Continue reading

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All things outstanding from the Travelling Gourmet in Marple

As referred to in an earlier post, Saturday 30th July was our evening to try the monthly feasts created by Richard Morris and his team (AKA The Travelling Gourmet) at All Things Nice Cafe and Deli in Marple. One of … Continue reading

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