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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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 tea room in the Visitor Centre at Teggs Nose. This sells tea, coffee, drinks, cakes and other snacks, and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

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 Located in the rolling hills of the Peak District, the Hanging Gate truly is a stunning destination pub. Offering fantastic homemade food, exceptionally well kept real ales and breathtaking views across the valley to Jodrell bank.

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.