Newcomer Award – Throstles Nest, Congleton

After reopening on the 27th of January 2023 after a very long closure, the Throstles Nest has rapidly established itself a firm favourite with local pub goers, selling five cask beers. We presented the Branch Newcomer Award at 2pm on Saturday 2nd December 2023.

The pub was impressively refurbished by Cauldmore Taverns who are based in Shropshire. The landlord is Congleton resident Michael Cooper who told us that the pub intends to serve an ever changing range of predominantly local cask beers.

The pub is located near to the entrance to the Biddulph Valley way on the Buxton road just beyond the town centre of Congleton. Which makes for an interesting way of getting there from Congleton station during the day. From the Stoke bound platform exit the station and walk down the flight of stairs onto the canal tow-path turning left at the bottom. Keep walking for just half a mile and leave the tow-path by some steps to the left. At the bottom of the steps you will be on the Biddulph Valley Way, a trail formed on the track bed of a former railway. Turn to the left and follow the trail for just over a mile until you come to the main road. Carefully cross the road, walking to the right after crossing. The pub is 250 metres along the road on your left.