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RedWillow, Macclesfield

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32A Park Green
Macclesfield
SK11 7NA
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Bucking Fastard left this review about RedWillow

ORIGINAL REVIEW May 2014

A very interesting addition to the Macclesfield drinking scene.A shop conversion by the folks at Redwillow Brewery,the interior has a high ceiling and a modern bar feel.The copper pipe work art installation as lighting is interesting ,although the zigzag copper piping to the urinals is a bit pretentious.Art for sale around the walls,three large banquettes along the right wall,sofas , high tables and the obligatory former cinema seats outside the loos complete the contemporary scene,you could be in deepest Hoxton not mid Cheshire.In such a large space,you could feel very alone if few punters were in ,but the excellent muzak maintained a good atmosphere with a range from classic Stones to The Cure.
The bar is also impressive with a screen detailing cask and keg offerings as in the Wellie in Brum,while the 14 kegs taps housed on the back wall had echos of the Euston Tap.The large bar back houses an impressive collection of 40 gins from around the world,the beer book lists lots of bottled beer options and a selection of teas.Food is essentially cold with charcuterie,cheeses and pates on offer.The six handpumps feature a real cider,three Redwillow ales and two guests.I was really disappointed that the owners didn't have the confidence to offer a wider selection of their excellent Redwillow ales,as this is the defacto brewery tap.Another disappointment was that all the real ales were at the lower end of the ABV scale,which may have been a ploy to force sales of the much more expensive kegged beers which did include some powerful and interesting brews.The keg products is priced by the third and half with many around £2.50 the half.I tried the keg Redwillow Shameless IPA ,although decent it would surely have been sublime on cask.A plus point is that the keg beers are neither exceptionally cold nor aggressively carbonated.
As my Thursday evening visit carried on,the bar started to fill up with a trendy younger crowd,it certainly seemed to be totty central,no bad thing.If you are in Macc this bar should always be on your list for a visit ,although you may need to be brave and cough up for some quality keg beers if you want to sup something truly exceptional.

UPDATE

The ale and beer choice is now entirely RedWillow,a decision I applaud because they are a very fine brewer.The beer menu was offering three casks,their Wreckless superb NBSS 4.5,while there are 10 keg options and a cider.I also enjoyed their keg Perceptionless and Breakfast Stout .There is a wide ABV and style mix which makes this a must visit when in Macc.Route 1 for me on my next stop in town.An upgrade is warranted.

On 8th October 2021 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about RedWillow

Upmarket brewery tap, with well-spaced seating in a sizeable bar together with a number of outdoor tables on the widened front pavement. Only three of the five handpumps were in use, offering their Headless (£3.49) and Wreckless plus the High Alpha from Blackedge as a guest. Nine of the 15 craft keg taps on the bar-back were also in use. Minus a point, though, for the erratic mandatory table service (a pandemic practice most other pubs and bars have abandoned).

On 17th September 2021 - rating: 6
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Sam Hodgkinson left this review about RedWillow

One of Macc's more upmarket / liberal young bars. All craft ale so suitable for those who like their beer tasting like soap. Well run operation and decent crowd. On the pricier side.

On 12th June 2021 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Macclesfield, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Prestbury, 3.23 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
Adlington (Cheshire), 5.63 miles, 1 hr 48 min walk (show)
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8th Dec 2021, 14:21
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14th Nov 2021, 18:38
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 January 2022 by ROB Camra
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  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 17 May 2014 by Bucking Fastard
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