Stalybridge Pubs – The Wharf Tavern

The choice of pub photo tonight is a pretty easy one for me, because I’m heading there now myself. I really like the Wharf Tavern, the staff are friendly, they serve real ale and they let local groups book and use their “small” and “large” rooms for free. I’ve been to the Wharf’ for many WI Reading group evenings, I’ve been to see a banjo group rehearse, I’ve looked at local history presentations and tonight I’m heading off to a launch party with friends from Stalybridge Together!¬†

The pub looks little different today in 2015 than it did when this photo was taken. The only major difference now is that the pub has been now extended into what looks like a shop on the far left of the picture. I love that the gorgeous stained glass in the lower windows and the internal doors, the pub is worth a visit just to see them, but you might as well have a pint whilst you are there!

The Wharf Tavern 77-79 Caroline Street, Stalybridge
The Wharf Tavern 77-79 Caroline Street, Stalybridge

For those interested in History…

Again from Rob Magees book Stalybridge Pubs 1750-1990…

The Wharf Tavern was originally a beerhouse and was opened in 1850. It was taken over by Gartsides Brewery in 1922. Bass Charrington took over as Brewery in 1967 and in 1981 it became a free house.

Richard Grainger was licensee from 1960 – 2010 and his family still run the pub today, perhaps that is what makes it so friendly.



3 thoughts on “Stalybridge Pubs – The Wharf Tavern

  1. Lee Stafford January 16, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Always been intrigued by the Charles Renee Mackintosh style stained glass windows. They are the right period and I wonder if they are genuine or copied . . .

    • cockerhill January 17, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      The glass looked great last night. The windows must have been put in between 1922 and 1968 as they advertise Gartsides Brewery. I’ll let you know if I find anything else out. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  2. Phil Tennant February 28, 2021 / 11:06 pm

    One of the daughters had the Battered Fryer, next door

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *