The Star is another long-standing pub on the Cheadle village crawl route, and one that has stood the test of time without the need for closure at all, apart from a renovation which removed most of the inside walls some time ago now. Formerly a multi-roomed maze of a pub, it is now a fairly large open room and is pleasantly welcoming. A pool table is in evidence in the front room, and there are plenty of televisions for those wishing to keep abreast of the latest sporting scores.
Star Inn, High Street, Cheadle. (c) Star Inn.
As with the other pubs on route, real ale is of course available in the Star in the form of Hydes (or Greene King: no ta), and is seen to be drunk by most of the Saturday afternoon punters, many of whom were in for the televised racing. Indeed for the time of day, it was surprisingly packed full of young and old drinkers, and there is clearly a loyal customer base which supports this cheerful little boozer. Website: www.hydesbrewery.co.uk/thestar.
The next pub on the Cheadle crawl is the big old George & Dragon, a pub well known for its footballer clientèle and being Cheadle's blue pub (the Royal Oak a few yards along being its overtly red boozer). However, the George & Dragon is currently closed, though rumours are it is being done up and will reopen soon enough.