Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Another one down


This time I’m not referring to trees (although another 3 have come down today, Mr Uhdd has a new shiny axe).

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I’m referring to the demise of another rural pub, Tom and I drove past The Highwayman, Nr Rainow in Cheshire this afternoon. It was boarded up with all too shiny metal sheets at the windows and official notices pasted to the door, in that repossessed ‘got the bailiffs in’ sort of way. Last week saw quarter day when leasehold payments and rents are due, maybe that was the final straw. If you’ve not dug yourself out of a financial hole after the Christmas/New year festivities you’re not going to do it in January (especially given the snow and ice we’ve had in the last few weeks). Very sad for the landlords, and for those awaiting monies for goods and services supplied. The only winners are the collectors of taxes and the banks. There are rave reviews online about the food at the Highwayman, but problems like this can’t have helped

On no account follow the directions in the Good Pub Guide, which claims that The Highwayman is located on the A5004. It isn’t. It’s on the B5470, between Whaley Bridge and Macclesfield,

Other than that sorry sight, it has been a glorious day, blue skied  and sunny; cold, yes, but invigoratingly bright.

The pond froze over last night (note to self, fill Dandy the cats water bowl before retiring tonight) and a light shower of hail had fallen, very pretty it looked.

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Iris seed head

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Pondweed and ice

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And the pussy willow hints at spring.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

18 thoughts on “Another one down

  1. Its a shame about the pub. I think simply a change in the drinking culture in Britain has seen the demise of many. I remember the CLub near my house.
    Frequented by the steelwork men who simply finished work and went to the club or pub.
    There is a lot more to do with your leisure time nowadays.

    But Ive never understood the brewery mentality of shoving prices up.
    They put the prices up , lose customers then just keep putting the prices up even more. Ludicrous.
    Im probably not a pubs best customer nowadays. 2 x bottles of real ale and im done. Phew I sound old.

  2. That’s a lovely axe (which, I suppose, is an odd thing to say but I can appreciate a good axe).

    I like the hints of spring. 🙂

  3. Love the hope in the buds on the stem!

  4. What a stunning collection of shining winter images and light!!!

  5. Oh lovely, spring is on the way. There are signs of warmth and light to come, however small.

  6. I’ve got a sixty foot lime tree I want rid of, if your man wants to do some serious chopping with that there axe! I’ll provide chocolate biscuits and as much coffee (or tea) as he can drink.

  7. Times change. People change. Businesses change. I’ve never liked change…except when it comes to the seasons.

  8. I am surprised it has taken so long for a reduction in the number of pubs in England.

    The economics of the pub trade in that country have been precarious for a long time.

    I wish I could bottle and preserve the atmosphere & ambience of the “British Pub”, but I wouldn’t want the income/investment/work required ratio under almost any circumstances.

  9. As you may know I’m a big fan of the rural British pub and I’m disappointed that I never stopped by this one before it closed.

    I agree with laidbackrunner and I just don’t get why the pubcos have to ruin a successful business with ever increasing prices.

  10. Debra/Laidbackrunner, I’d be more inclined to blame your government, rather than pubcos.

    For every £1.00 of pub profit, a pub has first had to generate and pay £10.60 in taxes of one form or another.

    “Social Legislation” introduced over the past year has/will cost each British pub an average of £6,000.00 per year.

    The impecunious nature of British pub economics means this alone will close a lot of pubs. Six Thousand will be the straw, nay the oak trunk, that breaks the back of a lot of pubs.

    The pubcos have their sins, but they shouldn’t be blamed for disappearing rural pubs. Slate that one to Number 10 Downing Street.

  11. Just a yank’s opinion, but do what you can to save your pubs! Here in the US the friendly neighborhood pubs, (bars as we call them) have given way to restaraunt chains. The bars that still exist cater to a younger crowd, or unsavory element that regular folks don’t feel comfortable around.

    Great blog by the way, I really like it here~!

  12. Blessedly free of the obligation–or the right–to have an opinion about the complexities of operating a business in the UK, I sigh and compliment you on the excellence of the icy Pondweed Aspic.

  13. I can’t believe The Highwayman has closed!!! I spent many happy times there in my young days, there was always a lovely fire in the winter and a hot rum and blackcurrant went down really well. That is so sad – I do hope someone takes it over and keeps it going. I trust The \swan is still a going concern>

  14. I’m glad to hear The Swan is alive and well anyway, let’s hope something similar happens to The Highwayman.

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