The Wheatsheaf, in Cheadle, has been named as ‘pub of the season’ for autumn 2013, by members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Staffordshire Moorlands subbranch.
Chair Graham Brown is pictured, centre, presenting the award to shift leader Mark Coltman (left) and duty manager Andrew Best.
David Edwards, membership secretary for CAMRA Potteries, told the Cheadle Post and Times newspaper: “The listed building was shut for several years and became an eyesore in Cheadle High Street.
“It finally reopened in July 2012. Thousands of pounds of investment were made by the pub chain to turn it into what I believe is the best-looking Wetherspoon pub I have visited.
“There is a very attractive, partially covered outdoor terrace, with seating and tables at the rear of the pub, with good views of Pugin’s Gem St Gile’s RC Church. Even the writing on this old coaching inn was unearthed and restored.
“Both Steve Boddie, the pub manager, and Mark Coltman, the cellar manager, are real-ale fans.
“The range of beers varies, many sourced from the local micro and regional breweries, and are kept to a good standard. There is also a good range of ciders and bottled beers.
“The pub has transformed Cheadle High Street – and this award is truly deserved. I am sure that it will be the first of many.”