As the name implies, the Woodside has a lovely outlook facing beautiful woods and situated between Nantwich and Crewe. There are huge double doors at the back of the lounge opening onto the children's play area to allow parents to sit inside whilst keeping a watchful eye on the kids. The pub attracts a very mixed crowd with regulars who use The Woodside especially when there is a sporting event to enjoy on a big screen, and also convienient for younger clientele to call in at the weekends on their way to town. Licensees Ian & Denise Marchant have been at the Woodside for 11 years so know their customers well. Denise says; "Our customers love our menu. The Cookhouse sausages are particularly popular. The Cookhouse bogof offer is unique around here and our customers really appreciate getting value for money. There aren't many places where you can enjoy two main course meals for £6.95. The single lads also love the offer as they can get a free pint with most of the main meals, instead of a free second meal.
Located next to the Regional College is the Wheatsheaf is a light and airy pub with a very good atmosphere. There is a patio at the front and a further patio and garden area to the rear. During the day there is a brisk lunchtime trade with many customers, including students, enjoying the Cookhouse menu and the homemade sausages in particular. Being trouble free and with a reputation for being the best football pub in the area, the Wheatsheaf is particularly busy when the major matches are being shown. This fun pub has a suberb, friendly atmosphere with plenty going on.
The Bay Horse stands just off Junction 41 of the M1 on the A650, two seconds from the roundabout. Dating back to the 1800's the pub has been modernised to create an open plan layout with a conservatory to the front. The Bay Horse is very friendly and attracts both local trade and passers-by. The pub is especially busy when sporting events are televised - particularty major football matches! In warm weather there is plenty of seating in the pub's beer garden for customers to enjoy their drinks in the sun.
Licensee Lorraine Kennedy tells us that her customers are very impressed with Cookhouse sausages and the variety of the menu. "The sausages are very popular" says Lorraine. "But so is the rest of the menu. Our customers recognise the bogof offer is extremly good value which is why we are very busy at meal times."
Old Black Bull
The Old Black Bull in the centre of Preston, is a listed Building dating back to the mid 1800's, in the centre of Preston. It has kept its old charms with the tudor frontage, black and white floor tiles throughout and a huge fireplace. It is thought that there are tunnels running under the pub to the church giving access for the monks of days gone by, to get to the inn. Licensees Stan and Pam have been in situ since 1990 and have now built this outlet into one of the best 'Cask Ale' pubs in the North West. Stan is passionate about the real ales he has on offer, with a freedom to obtain any ale, from any brewer in the UK, the choice and variety on offer at any time is amazing. Its 'Cask Marque' accreditation also ensures that beers are kept and served in tip top condition at all times. Popular for sport, all major matches are shown on the plasma and big screens whilst participation games with friends are catered for with a pool table and darts board. With a live band playing most weekends the Old Black Bull is a pub with something for all.
The Fox is situated on the Ring Road in Basford, a suburb of Nottingham. Major alteration and refurbishment work completed in May 2010 has been well received by the locals who frequent this popular pub. The new open plan layout has provided more space for dining and the tasteful new décor gives the pub a comfortable and homely ambience which is attracting more families to the pub.
The Fox is popular with sport fans and is particularly busy when all major football matches and other sporting events are shown on the big screens around the bar. Licensee Yvonne Disney has had her name over the door for 17 years so there is not much you can tell Yvonne about running a pub! She is, however, very pleased with the customers reaction to the Cookhouse menu. Yvonne says: “The wide choice available has provoked quite a lot of favourable comments. Coupled with the excellent value for money bogof deal, we definitely have something good to offer. The sausages are hugely popular – pork and apple is our best seller.”
The Shakespeare is located in the centre of Manchester within easy access of trams and buses and just ten minutes walk from the main railway station. Historically, the complete pub was moved from Chester in 1926 where it was known as the Shambles. Today it still has the black and white Tudor facade, old wooden floors, panelled walls, oak beams and even a ghost (believed to be a kitchen maid)! The clientele includes shoppers, office workers, students, foreign tourists plus a healthy number of regular locals. At weekends The Shakespeare is part of the city circuit, attracting a younger crowd who enjoy the friendly, trouble free environment. Football also features big at The Shakespeare and the pub boasts three large plasma televisions and a big screen. Licensee Chris Hilditch is delighted with the comments his customers have made about Cookhouse sausages. “Juicy, succulent, different, special …… it’s a pleasure to serve them!” says Chris. “Pork and apple is a particular favourite with my customers. And our bogof deal is hugely popular – in a big city like Manchester a great value for money offer is a definite winner!”
The Black Bull was originally a rough cast timber framed building first built around the 17th Century to accommodate travellers visiting the market place. The building boasts many classic characteristic features including a box window in the west part, with original glazed bars and moulded cornices. The door still displays the original six fielded glass panels with the fanlight effect often found in buildings of this particular design. The inside of the building has a typically low ceiling with heavy 17th Century moulded joists to ground floor ceiling and a contemporary 18th Century staircase with period ballusters. The warmth and comfort, often remarked on by visitors over the Centuries, is still a feature of this welcoming public house. That’s due in no small part to Daniel Short who became the new licensee of the Black Bull in November 2009. Daniel takes great pleasure in assuring his customers that a lot of the dishes on the menu are freshly made on the premises. “When I tell people we have our own sausage making machine there is always a look of disbelief,” says Daniel. “But there is that saying – the proof of the pudding is in the eating - so when they taste the sausages they know they have just got to be home made!” Most popular sausage flavours at the Black Bull are the BPEX award winning 'Pork, Ginger Spring Onion'.
The Brass Cat has been described as a classic British pub which is hard to find these days, with customers happy to talk over a pint whilst listening to old and new records from the juke box. There’s no doubt that the Brass Cat is fun and a great place to let your hair down. With the pub being situated in the centre of Halifax it is convenient for a quick pint when the other half is at the shops, or for its vibrant weekend disco and karaoke sessions.
Situated in the village of Coleshill just outside of Birmingham. One side of the pub used to be called the Gin Room, as it had its own brewery! The atmosphere in this pub is very friendly and there is always plenty of good conversation. The clientele is a mix of locals and passing trade. People working in the nearby commercial area find it very convenient for a lunch-time break or as an after work meeting place. When there is a sporting event to enjoy on the big screen it’s standing room only, whilst live entertainment make the Bell Inn a very popular venue on Friday and Saturday nights. All staff agree that the combination of a varied menu and a fantastic value for money bogof deal are what makes his customers keep coming back for more. “We are particularly busy on weekdays between 4pm and 7pm ,” says Chef Mark Allen. “Freshly made sausages are a big seller which is just as well as making them is good fun!”
The clientele in the day time is mainly made up of shoppers and office workers from the local businesses and retail parks, but is complimented by a good base of regular locals. For those with limited time for lunch, the food service is very prompt. The traditional English food can be enjoyed anywhere in the pub or upstairs in the restaurant. This stylish upstairs venue may also be booked for private functions. The Long Barn also has a regular programme of quiz nights and events.