Places to Eat and Drink

In and around Macclesfield there are many places to eat and drink while out walking, cycling, horse riding or running, many of which have won awards. On this page are links to several local award-winning or recommended establishments, that I have encountered on my walks and cycle rides around Macclesfield.
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Refreshment Stalls

Nice Nosh refreshment stall is situated in the heart of Macclesfield Forest, to the rear of the Trentabank Visitors Centre, and is open every Saturday and Sunday (apart from a few, see the website for details). Nice Nosh has been awarded the maximum 5 star rating for food and hygiene by High Peak Borough Council as part of a national rating system for food preparation, and is ideally situated for walkers, cyclists and horse riders in the area. John the proprietor sells all sorts of high quality home made cakes, hot snacks and drinks, and always has a welcoming smile. John also has a wealth of local knowledge, about walks or wildlife.


Blaze Farm has a tea-room situated near Wildboarclough, on the A54 road between Congleton and Buxton. Blaze Farm has been awarded the Peak District Foods Environmental Quality Mark.

There is a cafe at Clarence Mill by the canal in Bollington, Cafe Waterside, Tel 01625 575563


The Rose and Crown is situated in Allgreave, on the A54 main road from Congleton to Buxton. They serve a variety of real ale, and appears to be a popular lunch-time port-of-call for walkers and cyclists. An excellent restaurant and bar food is also available.

The Poachers Inn is situated on Ingersley Road in Bollington. They serve a variety of real ale, and appears to be a popular lunch-time port-of-call for walkers. Good quality and inexpensive food is also available.

The Vale Inn pub is situated on Adlington Road in Bollington, just near the Middlewood Way car park. They serve real ale brewed in Bollington's only brewery (which is run by the landlord of the Vale!). Good quality and inexpensive food is also available.

The Crag Inn in Wildboarclough serves real ale and great food. Two roaring log fires provide a welcoming sight in winter for the multitude of walkers, who are also provided with over-shoes in the porch if they wish to retain their boots. The popular menu includes a carvery on Sunday lunchtime and meals in a basket.

The Leather’s Smithy pub is situated next to the Ridgegate Reservoir in Macclesfield Forest, just beyond the village of Langley. Whenever possible they use local traceable produce and cook each individual dish to order to create excellent quality home cooked meals.

The Hanging Gate pub is situated in Higher Sutton, with spendid views across the Cheshire Plain. The Hanging Gate serves a good selection of real Hydes ales, and has a wonderful restaurant with wonderful views out across the Cheshire plain. The pub appeals to walkers as it also sells a good range of lighter bites.

The Stanley Arms pub is situated in Bottom of the Oven, near Wildboarclough, on the edge of Macclesfield Forest. They serve real ales, delicious home cooked food, and have en-suite accomodation.

The Robin Hood is situated on the main road through Rainow. The restaurant serves real ale, and great pub-fayre during the day and most evenings.

The Windmill pub is situated in Holehouse Lane in Adlington. Follow the signpost from the A523, between Poynton and Macclesfield. This traditional country pub offers some of the best local produce available, and is recommended by Cheshire Life magazine. It is located very close to the Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal. One plus point for us is that dogs are welcome, in one half of the pub.

The Legh Arms pub in Prestbury has a bar area with genuine, traditional charm. The bar serves fine ales from the nearby independent Robinson's brewery. For more informal eating the bar menu features imaginative combinations and fresh ingredients. A wide range of sandwiches are available with traditional fillings.

The Rising Sun is on the main road through Rainow, and serves food and real ale. It is popular with walking groups, with fine views from the back of the pub of Kerridge ridge.