LOCALS at The Fleece Inn have been raising a glass or two to toast the top Mossley pub’s latest recognition to good beer.
Mine host Mike Tebbs, pictured right, even produced a special one-off brew to mark the award from the Campaign for Real Ale.
After last year’s Summer Pub of the Season accolade, the Fleece is now the High Peak, Tameside and North East Cheshire branch’s Pub of the Year.
The Stamford Street boozer was also nominated for the overall Greater Manchester Pub of the Year award.
“That’s the one I really wanted,” said Mike, who, next month (October) celebrates four years as landlord of a hostelry that can trace its history back more than 200 years.
“But just to be nominated was great recognition because it meant we are one of CAMRA’s top eight pubs in Greater Manchester.
“Not bad for a little boozer in ‘some insignificant backwater seven miles from Manchester’ according to an article on the BBC when they were doing a piece with Mossley band, Cabbage.
“We are proud to get the recognition because it puts us on the map.
“Just from the nomination we are getting lots of visitors who haven’t been in the pub. And we are in the Good Beer Guide for a third successive year.”
Mike, previously the landlord of Olivers in Ashton, regularly provides two house and four guest beers. And regulars are always guaranteed something new.
“One of them said ‘every week is like a beer festival’ here because there is so much choice on the beers I can bring in. We’ve even had some from Jersey.”
To mark the CAMRA prize Mike, with the help of Stockport Brewing Company in Bredbury, designed a golden stout.
And his first barrel of Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing was sold in one night!
“Once its gone its gone but we are thinking of doing a seasonal special at some stage and this time next year hopefully we will have our own micro brewery on site.”
Mike believes the first pub on the current site opened in 1814 and was known as the Letters.
And he’s keen to find out more about the pub’s history and to re-introduce old photographs from down the drinking years.
“We found a few pictures of the darts and football teams but nothing of the building,” explained Mike. “If anyone has any or knows where they might be, please get in touch.”