The Romping Donkey, Hassall Green

No half measures / Romping Donkey

No half measures at the Romping Donkey?

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.

Inside the Romping Donkey

Inside the Romping Donkey

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.

Poetic plea to save the Romping Donkey

A poetic plea to save the Romping Donkey

The Romping Donkey, Hassall Green

The Romping Donkey, Hassall Green

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Stanley Arms, Anderton

The Stanley Arms public house Anderton near Northwich

The Stanley Arms, Anderton

Situated just above (and round the corner) from the Anderton lift, this pub is ideally placed to rake in the canalside trade – in fact it even had it’s own private moorings all full as we sailed past.  The building is well kept and from the outside the smoked glass actually reads ‘Stanley Vaults Arms’.  A games room can be found off to one side.

The smoke room

Smoke room

A large proportion of the pub is devoted to the food sales.  As we had already well brunched and weren’t interested in food this mean we were confined to the relatively small ‘public’ bar.  3 ales on offer: John Smith’s cask, Jenning’s Cumberland and Moorlands/GK Old Speckled Hen.  First up was the Cumberland which I found to be a bit of a disappointment. Not enough to send back, but a little hazy and with a nasty ‘next morning nose’. A 2nd pint – Smiths this time was perfectly fine if expectedly bland.

Smiths in Mono

Smiths in Mono