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Weekday Wander - Altrincham

Tuesday 4 April 2023

April Weekday Wander — Altrincham
11:15 Tuesday 4th April, Stockport Rail Station

This month's Weekday Wander is a return trip to Altrincham for two very important reasons:
1) Because it is a mighty fine place to visit for a beer or two.
2) Anyone partaking in Mild Magic can pick up two areas.

Travel can be either quick and simple on the 17 minute train journey or long and tortuous using bus, tram or both for an overall journey time of around an hour!


Our first pub will be the Unicorn, a Wetherspoon's outlet, so food is available here. Because of the scheduling of the trains, we should arrive by 11:45am, just in time for the breakfast menu.


Next up will be Costello's Bar, the tap for nearby Dunham Massey Brewery. The brewery is well known for its range of milds, with a light, dark and cherry mild being produced in the past. Who knows what we will find today, but don't be surprised if two milds are available [but only one Mild Magic sticker however many you try!] To allow for this excess, extra time has been allowed for this stop.


We will next wander back towards the Market Hall, where two excellent pubs are on offer, so a choice had to be made. We will be passing the Con Club (bet you can't work out why it is called that, Sherlock!) and turn in to the Market Hall. Here we will find Jack in the Box, which is a Black Jack Brewery tap. The bar is surrounded by a number of food outlets, so anyone still peckish can replete themselves. Warning: electronic payment only. So those technologically challenged (or wanting to tick a full house of pubs) can bob into the Con Club instead, where coins are acceptable, and they also do food.


Whichever establishment we favour, our final port of call is 3.14159 — sorry π. What! You can't find it. Well no wonder; they have bowed to the masses and display their name as Pi. Originally this was Le Trappiste, and the continental bar feeling is still preserved. This includes street drinking (weather permitting) but without the stifling fumes encountered in some Bruxelles or Paris bars.

Because of the trains, the overall timing either has to be a little tight in order to catch the 4:57pm departure, getting to Stockport by 5:14pm, or we can throw caution to the wind and catch the 5:57pm train, not getting back to Stockport until 6:14pm.

These timings reflect the former option, but we can vary it on the day!

11:15am11:19amStockport Rail Station ready for train
11:19am11:36amNorthern Train Manchester Piccadilly to Chester geting off in Altrincham
11:45am1:00pmUnicorn1 Ashley Road, Altrincham WA14 2DPYes
1:05pm2:35pmCostello's Bar18 Goose Green, Altrincham, WA14 1DW 
2:40pm3:40pmJack In The BoxAltrincham Market Hall, Altrincham WA14 1SAFood adjacent
3:40pm4:40pmPi18 Shaws Road, Altrincham, WA14 1QU 
4:57pm5:14pmTrain Altrincham to Stockport - Alternative 5:57pm ariving 6:14pm

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