Once again the search has been on for Stockport's Perfect Pub. Pure 107.8FM have been putting in the hours in the hope of finding the best local in the borough.
After 6 heats, involving 18 of Stockport’s hottest hostelries, the competition was whittled down to just 2 – both of which are Robinsons pubs: The Three Tunnes in Hazel Grove and the Windsor Castle in Marple.
Three Tunnes, reputedly built in 1762, is one of the oldest public houses in Hazel Grove but in 2009, soon after the current tenants Andrew and Donna Quinn-Williams moved in, it was discovered that major structural repairs and a full re-roofing were required in order to preserve this historic building. The re-design brought the Three Tunnes into the 21st Century, complete with all contemporary facilities and a modern menu, whilst maintaining its traditional cosy feel.
The Windsor Castle, in comparison, is a very different pub. What you see is what you get: A traditional village pub where everyone is welcome. To put it simply the Windsor is what a village pub is all about: it is the centre of the community, where you go to meet your friends, enjoy great company and quality Cask Marque ales.
The Tenant Joanne Farrell is a local person (her father lives opposite the pub) and it has been her dream for a number of years to run the Windsor. Jo is a very hands on licensee. She has minimal staff and feels this is why her pub continues to thrive in a tough climate. She opens in the mornings for coffee mornings raising funds for local charities, shows sport in the evenings, gets behind every event possible and loves to make the pub the hub of the community. Jo is very happy to receive recognition for her humble pub and thanks her dependable drinkers for their nonstop support.
It was a closely fought contest which saw thousands of loyal locals place their votes … but in the end it was literally neck and neck and both the Windsor Castle and the Three Tunnes were declared joint winners of this year’s Stockport’s Perfect Pub title. It just shows how different pubs are perfect in their own way and that pubs are only as good as the people who support them.
Dave Stearn of Pure Radio explained why he thinks this competition is so important to the community of Stockport: “It is obvious each year from the great response from listeners and pub goers, that Stockport’s locals are at the heart of our community and Pure 107.8FM aims to be at the centre of Stockport life, too. Times are tough for lots of people at the moment, but it’s important that we keep great traditions going, so Pure is proud to do its bit to give the borough’s pubs a boost.”