Pineapple Inn                                                                Crown Inn                                                                The Magnet      

On my last trip to Stockport, we started off at the Pineapple Inn, 159 Heaton Lane, SK4 1AQ (0161 480 3221), a Robinson’s pub, the local brewery, hence they sell Robinson’s ales, including Hatters, Cumbria Way, Unicorn and Hartleys XB and/or seasonal beers.  They also sell food here Monday to Saturday lunch; I have eaten here, I remember being happy with my food, but cannot really comment any further due to much beer flowing under the bridge since.  The Pineapple is a very friendly and welcoming pub, with 3 separate rooms and an impressive collection of china plates adorning the walls, and we have always felt very comfortable here. 


I have a great memory of being in Stockport to attend a football match a few years ago, met up with about a dozen fellow fans, we were supporting the away team, and the landlord being very happy with us, being civilized citizens and all.  However, a little after our arrival, about 10 Sheffield United fans turned up (they were playing in Stoke and decided to drink in Stockport on the way there by train); the landlord’s face was a picture.  I wish I’d had a camera with me, but he didn’t need to worry, as I knew all of them (having lived in Sheffield for 15 years, I do tend to know a few Blades and Owls), we had arranged to meet up, and had a great session together.  


From there, most of us (some of the Blades were leaving for Stoke, but some joined us for another drink before dashing off to the station) walked a short distance along the road to the Crown Inn, 154 Heaton Lane, SK4 1AR (0161 480 5850).  There are up to 16 regularly changes ales at The Crown, with Pictish and Copper Dragon Breweries being regular suppliers, and if you’ve read around this site, I do like Copper Dragon ales, Golden Pippin is one of my favourite session beers, and Pictish brew some excellent beers too!  A ‘real’ cider and a stout and mild are usually on offer among the array of handpumps.  However, the Crown only sells lunch on weekdays.


The Crown can be very busy, but is quite a large place with 4 rooms, with comfortable green and burgundy seating and oak tables, and an outside area in addition to the main bar.  I’ve always found the staff to be informed and friendly, as are the real wood-burning fires, warm and friendly.  On the particular Saturday I mentioned, we were welcomed back after the match to the Crown, and we were met later by a few of the Blades we’d been drinking with earlier.  This is an excellent pub, with beer in good condition and reasonably priced, convivial company, sometimes even live music, what more could you want?  Just try not to forget if you have a train to catch home.  


If you can pull yourself away from The Crown, I have been recommended another pub worth visiting nearby, The Magnet, 51 Wellington Road North, SK4 1HJ (0161 480 3098), another large multi-roomed pub with a games room and a heated smoking terrace. The Magnet offers up to 13 cask ales from micro-breweries, usually including a stout, mild, pale ale and a beer coloured one too!  They also have an ever-changing selection of bottled beers from Belgium, Germany and the USA and at least one ‘real’ cider.  They are currently refurbishing their cellar for the installation of a micro-brewery, the Cellar Rat Brewery. 

  Navigation Inn  
                           The Armoury                                                               Red Bull                                                            The Navigation   


There are a significant number of decent pubs to visit in Stockport, and it is an obvious place to visit Robinson’s locals, so I cannot stop at just the 3 pubs detailed above, so I will double the number of recommendations, but don’t be surprised if you find other delightful pubs not mentioned here.  First, The Armoury, 31 Shaw Heath, SK3 8BD (0161 477 3711), handily placed if going to the football at Edgeley Park, and a Robinson’s pub, so sells Hatters, Unicorn, Old Tom and seasonal beers. 


If you just want to visit one Robinson’s pub on your visit, you have to go to the Red Bull, 14 Middle Hillgate, SK1 3AY (0161 480 1286), refurbished a few years ago and considered as the flagship for Robinson’s, just a quarter of a mile away from the brewery.  You will get Robinson’s Hatters and Unicorn, as you would expect, plus seasonal ales, and food is available at for lunch and evening meals.   


Finally, a mile or so to the north of Stockport, is The Navigation Inn, Manchester road SK4 1TY (0161 480 6626), for a change of ales coming from Beartown Brewery at Congleton in Cheshire, eg Bear Ass and Bearskinful.  This is a spacious pub with a large lounge bar and a smaller room served by the one central bar, either a cab journey for you, or one to visit as you drive in from the north.