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17-05-2011, 18:00
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Another extract from Vintage Pubs and Real Ale in Greater Manchester, this time describing the long-closed (and keg only) Colliers Arms at Hartshead Pike:

The incredible Colliers Arms is attached to a farm, high above Mossley, right next to Hartshead Pike Tower. It is delightfully ancient and pokey. Nothing has altered for decades. It is difficult to know which are the public rooms and which are the private household areas. In fact there is only one public room with odd corners, very old bench seats, a fireplace and a piano. In reasonable weather most people drink outside the pub rather than inside. The beer is served from the doorway of a small back room rather like a scullery. Alas, it’s Bass keg beer. In this setting it should be home-brewed beer, dispensed by jug. Worth a visit for curiosity value, but not for the beer.This must have been the last remaining pub of its kind within the Greater Manchester borders. There’s more information here (http://ashton-under-lyne.blogspot.com/2008/01/colliers-arms.html) – some interesting comments about the toilets.

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