Hair to Ale: Stalybridge’s Future Micro Pub

Unisex hairdressers set for conversion to Bridge Beers’ new public house

In an era where pubs tend to close in our borough (and, 9/10ths of the time, face depubification), one place is set to reverse that trend. Cream, a unisex hair salon on 55, Melbourne Street, Stalybridge could become the town’s first micro pub.

If approved by Tameside MBC, Bridge Beers will sell a wide range of cask and bottle conditioned ales by local breweries. With its nearest brewery 10 minutes walk away (Tickety Brew) and a number of others (including Tweed Brewing Co. and Hornbeam Brewery) in its five mile radius, the centre of Stalybridge seems to be a natural choice. Off-sales will also be available.

Furthermore, it’ll also be the brewery tap for its own offerings under the Harrison-Bridge name. Harrison-Bridge is a small family business who not only supplies drinks to pubs, clubs and restaurants. They have started doing their own cask conditioned ales, débuting with a 4.1% golden ale known as Suffragette.

In the last year, they have been seen at Farmers’ Markets in Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne. This weekend will see them at Denton’s market with the Ashton Christmas Market, Hyde Market and Stalybridge Farmers’ Market on their itinerary thereafter.

The future pub will be open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10am to 10pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed on all Mondays. On Farmers’ Market days – the second Sunday of each month – from 10am to 2pm.

The new venture aims to offer a genuine alternative to established undertakings in Stalybridge. Its locally sourced cask and bottle conditioned ales will neatly complement the offerings at Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar, the White House, and Stalybridge Labour Club.

We at East of the M60 wish them every success and, hopefully, yours truly may be popping in for a pint.

S.V., 19 November 2015.

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