Community pub with big range of own-brew beers at unbeatable bargain prices and tasty food; children very welcome
The good pub guide review
This informal and friendly community local always attracts a cheerful crowd of happy customers, despite its remote setting. Home to the Saddleworth Brewery (situated at the side of the pub), the wonderful own-brewed ales on handpump and incredible value food are the main attractions, alongside extensive views across the moors. The big, unspoilt, L-shaped main bar has a cheerful, friendly atmosphere, high beams and some stripped stone, settles, pews, a good individual mix of chairs, lots of attractive prints, Staffordshire and other china on a high delft shelf, jugs, brasses and so forth. As well as their own beers, they have guests such as Copper Dragon, Donkeystone and Timothy Taylors. Some of their own seasonal ales are named after the licensee's children, only appearing around their birthdays; two home-brewed lagers on tap too. Unobtrusive background music. The terrace has magnificent valley views. The local bellringers arrive on Wednesdays to practise with a set of handbells kept here, and anyone can join the morris dancing on Thursdays. Children enjoy the menagerie of animals, and dogs are made to feel very welcome.
The good pub guide food review
Honest, fair priced food includes sandwiches, prawn cocktail, spicy chicken wings, vegetable fajitas with sour cream, salsa and guacamole, home-made beef chilli, lamb shank in minted gravy, various home-made pies, salmon fillet with coriander crust and creamed leeks, gammon steak with egg or pineapple, and puddings such as apple crumble and jam roly poly.
Church Inn, Running Hill Gate, Uppermill, Oldham, Lancashire, OL3 6LW
Pub Group: Own brew