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The Bate Hall, Macclesfield

39 Chestergate
SK11 6BX
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Town Centre Pub (Marstons)

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Will Larter left this review about The Bate Hall

I've walked past this pub a couple of times on previous trips to Macclesfield, but it was reading the review from ROB Camra below that prompted me to make a visit. Not because I like sour beer - I don't even like deliberately sour beer, never mind an iffy Pedigree. No, it was more a matter of facing a challenge. We now know what the pub is like, but can I hack the beer?

There were three hand pumps on the bar, one offering Wainwright Amber, one Ringwood Razorback and the middle one a Santa hat (see photo). I went for the Ringwood (or the no-longer-brewed-by-Ringwood - I guess we should be saying Banks's) while my drinking companion went for the other non-hat option. What he got was not Wainwright Amber - see his photo at - it looks like a blonde to me. My Razor was NBSS 3. Martin said his Wain was "a comfortable NBSS 3", while I think mine needed a little shove to get across that line.

There's a smart dining room at the rear (empty on an early December Tuesday afternoon) and a pool room. It's good that they've spent some money to try to get people to use this pub, but I tend to agree with the previous reviewer about lost character and wonder if smartening the place up absolutely has to also remove it. I wonder if the present version of this pub will last long enough to develop some character of its own, or will it "need a refurb" two or three years down the line? Maybe I'll come back to see, but there are definitely better pubs in Macc than this, and they'll be my priority, I reckon.

Date of visit: 5th December 2023

On 24th December 2023 - rating: 5
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ROB Camra left this review about The Bate Hall

Much of the character that this pub must once have had has been removed, although there are a few old bits knocking about. A split room at the front and a further area to the rear. Two Marstons beers on the bar and my pint of Pedigree was sour. The barmaid had disappeared, so I had to hang around the bar for a good 5 minutes to get my beer changed. The Banks's was in OK nick, if not great. A decent enough looking pub, but the beer is a bit iffy.

On 2nd November 2023 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bate Hall

Venerable town-centre pub, with "Oliver Cromwell stayed here several times" being its claim to historical fame. Nowadays, though, it's a fairly basic town-centre boozer; and on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon, populated by older blokes watching the horse racing or playing darts. Apart from that, the two-part front area houses the main bar and a pool table, and a separate lounge bar can be found behind this and then a back room beyond. As a Marston's house, it was no surprise to find Pedigree on one of the three handpumps, but Banks's Amber (£3.00) was also available on another.

On 13th February 2022 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Macclesfield, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Prestbury, 2.82 miles, 54 min walk (show)
Adlington (Cheshire), 5.35 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bate Hall, Macclesfield
24th Dec 2023, 21:20
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
24th Dec 2023, 21:19
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 September 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 September 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 02 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 02 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 24 December 2023 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 February 2011 by hondo .
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