The Poachers Inn, Bollington

The birthday walking weekend starts here. We’d been planning this weekend away with some friends for a while. Five of us were staying nearby at the Premier Inn, whilst Mark, Al & Suzy the ninja hound were camping not far away in Combs, where we all stayed last September when visiting The Beehive after our walks.

As the ninja hound was with us (the story behind that can be found here) we had to find dog friendly pubs, and as it happens most of those in Bollington appear to be much better prepared when it comes to canines.

The Poachers, formerly known as the Masonic Arms, is a friendly pub at the end of a terrace, created by knocking around 5 or 6 houses together at the foot of Blaze Hill. As the Gritstone Trail and the Middlewood Way pass nearby (the boundary of the Peak District National Park is just a hundred yards further on), they are walker friendly too.


Let’s begin with a pint, this was a Red Vienna from Mobberley Brewhouse, a classic English bitter and a good start to the evening.

Dinner was on the way next, and as has become a recent trend, I opted for fish, a very tasty fillet with crushed new potatoes (yes, they are still a thing) and some oriental style vegetables. It was very nice and the sauce didn’t overpower the fish.

Mrs MOFAD had opted for a curry, anyone surprised? No, me neither 🙂

Some more refreshment to accompany dinner, this was Beaufort’s Ale from Storm Brewing, another classic English bitter with some caramel flavours.

Time for a little more refreshment whilst we discussed our walking plans for the morning. This gentle dark ale was Mill Town from Happy Valley brewery who are based in Bollington.

Mrs MOFAD had a Biddenden Strong Kentish dry cider, strong but tasty apples.

The Poachers Inn is a lovely village pub, friendly and welcoming, with good food and drink. Recommended if you find yourself in the area.