Inset from the canal, we have happy memories from this pub from a previous voyage (we think from way back in 1997!) Hassall Green is part way through a flight of locks known as ‘Heartbreak Hill’ – there are 26 locks between Middlewich and Hardings Wood Junction before the canal dives under Harecastle Hill. About half way through, this 17th century watering hole will have seen many a boatsman.
Ales on offer were Abbott Ale and Old Speckled Hen, we opted for Abbott still having to tackle a few locks. It was served well, though a larger range would be nice! The menu looked average (this is where the pub scored highly on our last visit) though the staff were very helpful. It was very quiet – Saturday afternoon – which was sad to see. Being so close to the canal it has lots of potential – in fact there was even a poetry plea inside the pub for locals to support it – not a good sign.