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The Castle, Macclesfield

27 Church Street
SK11 6LB
Phone: 01625668863

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ROB Camra left this review about The Castle

Visited this excellent pub just before the review below, but failed to get the review sorted out in time. :-)) We sat in the room to the left of the entrance which is very atmospheric, Ms CAMRA loved it. According to the guys just up the road at the Wet Led Bar it cost the new owners almost £250,000 to get this reopened. Well done guys, it was money well spent in our opinion. We'll come back and spend some more of our money with you next time we're in Macc, which will be soon.

On 15th February 2022 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Castle

First visit since its thankful reopening, this is indeed a venerable survivor. Handily placed between the town centre and station, but tucked away in a side street halfway up the hill. It retains a multi-room layout, with the 'main' bar at the front (little bigger than a snug) and a slightly bigger lounge beyond the central servery. Both of these spaces are characterful, but the side room on the other side of the entrance corridor is a real gem, and further seating is available in another larger room at the back. Although it only has three handpumps, these offer real ales in different styles, ranging from the Bosley Cloud pale from Storm Brewing to Red Willow's Feckless bitter (£3.90) and the Wantsum Black Prince from Kent. Excellent place.

On 13th February 2022 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Castle

Reopened after a long closure,this CAMRA Nationally Important Interior must be seen by all pub lovers.There are so many original features,the ceilings are low and the atmosphere terrific.The cosy island bar serves a small front tap room,a rear saloon not much bigger and a corridor hatch serving area for the side snug and anyone drinking further back or in the garden.
There are 3 handpumps serving a rotating selection from some fine regional brewers judging by the pump clips on display.On my trip RedWillow Feckless (NBSS 4.5),Beartown Polar Eclipse (NBSS 4.5) and Wincle Bengal Buttress.Ale is served in dimple glasses and the bar staff were friendly ,chatty and very informative.
This is a classic small town centre pub and is an absolute must visit in Macc.I will stay a lot longer on my next visit.

On 8th October 2021 - rating: 10
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Will Larter left this review about The Castle

A lovely unspoilt old pub in the back streets behind Macclesfield's town centre, the Castle is easily reached from either the station or the main shopping streets. Two doors lead off the entrance porch, and the one on the right seemed to have a glimmer of light through it while the other appeared dark, so I turned right. This is a tiny and basic tap room, with the pump clips turned around not because the beers were off but because the room behind the bar is the one more used. The beers on were Merlin Sir Galahad and Ringwood Best. I went for the latter just to break a sequence of blonde beers, and this was OK if not spectacularly good - other pump clips on the walls hinted at more interesting fare that has been available previously.

Behind the unlit door are three further rooms, in varying and more comfortable styles. I encourage reviewers with more time than I had on my brief visit to write detailed descriptions of these interesting-looking rooms. Or I could come back again myself...

On 20th February 2013 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Castle Inn

The Castle is a nice looking pub on a narrow cobbled street that is close to the town centre and the train station.
This pub seemed unalterd inside with a few small rooms there was a small lounge to the left and a smaller room to the right and further back there is a larger room,the pub had an olde worlde feel to it with copper topped tables and horse brasses and other nicknacks on the walls.
There were three real ales on the bar i had a drink of Theakston mild and this was a decent drink the other beers were Theakston bitter and Courage Directors.
I thought this was a really nice pub and would happily come in here again.

Pub visited 23/9/2000

On 23rd September 2000 - rating: 9
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