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The Nursery Inn

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258 Green Lane
Heaton Norris
Postal town: Stockport
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John Bonser left this review about The Nursery Inn

In an attractive, leafy residential area, a mile or so north of Stockport, is The Nursery Inn, a large unspoilt 1930’s suburban roadhouse set in a narrow cobbled cul de sac which is part of a conservation area and forms the southern end of Green Lane.

As we enter the pub, we see a mat in the doorway reminding us that The Nursery Inn was CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 2001, together with a splendid collection of CAMRA Good Beer Guide stickers on the doors glasswork.

Just inside the door on the wall, we see a framed potted history of the pub from which we learn that the pub used to be the headquarters of Stockport County A F C ( now sadly languishing in the Blue Square Premier League ) when the club’s ground was behind the pub..

It’s a large multi roomed well appointed pub with a carpeted and comfortable oak panelled lounge at the front which is used as a dining room at meal times. Here we have fixed seating, an old brick fireplace and old bell pushes by the seats.

Passing down the corridor we reach a smoke room. This is similar in style to the lounge, but does not have the intact oak panelling of that room. The walls are decorated with old pictures of the pub and the area, some Hydes Brewery memorabilia and many photos of the pub’s bowling teams over the years. A large bay window with some Art Nouveau glasswork depicting gardening implements overlooks the bowling green. A central three sided bar servery serves both rooms, together with the small bar lobby. There’s a downstairs vault with its own separate entrance at the other end of the building, which is not always open and I didn’t get to see it.

In the corridor, there’s a large trophy cabinet and we learn that The Nursery Bowling Club was established in 1917 and a list of Past Presidents is displayed on a wooden plaque.

For its unspoilt 1930’s interior, the pub gets a listing in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

At the end of the corridor, double doors leads out to a few steps up to the pub’s own immaculately tended bowling green. There’s seating round parts of the perimeter for spectators and players alike and, on the right hand side, is the clubhouse, resembling a mini cricket pavilion. On my recent visit, members were out practising in the warm spring sunshine and it is clear that the bowling green is a central focus of the pub’s activities. Pleasingly, plastic glasses are not required for outside drinking.

There’s a rather old fashioned, genteel and refined atmosphere throughout the pub, enhanced by the absence of TV’’s and fruit machines. On my mid week lunchtime visit, its popularity with diners, drinkers and bowls players was clearly evident.

It’s a Hydes pub and was offering Original, 1863 and Owd Oak from that brewery. Notably 2 guests were on – Marble’s Manchester Bitter and the rarely seen Brains IPA. An Allgates beer was coming next. Beers sampled were in good form.and the pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular.

I think it’s worth the shortish walk from Stockport town centre to do this one

On 5th April 2012 - rating: 8
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Michael Boyes left this review about The Nursery Inn

The Nursery is an excellent 1930's pub, unspoilt with wood panelled rooms. Great seletion of Hydes beers and food is served at lunchtime. The large lounge is used as a dining room although you can dine in any of the rooms as it can get very busy. The pub also has a bowling green, with tables outside, great for outside summer drinking. This pub is well worth a short walk off the nearby A6.

On 26th September 2009 - rating: 10
[User has posted 55 recommendations about 55 pubs]

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5th Apr 2012, 12:36
Review submitted by John Bonser amended by John Bonser
5th Apr 2012, 11:39
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