Royal Oak, Stockport Road, Cheadle. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.
Another of the long established pubs and an ever present hostelry despite troubled times for pubs. Again, the Royal Oak succeeds mainly because it looks after its regulars, yet is friendly to strangers and newbies. On our arrival, the Irish landlord was friendly and chatty and immediately made us feel welcome. The slightly moodier United fans in black (and ironic flat caps) around the bar gave us a few looks on arrival, but ignored us after their initial scowls, despite being of the other persuasion. The beer was Robinson's - Unicorn and their dodgy seasonal red ale - and the bitter was on form so we stopped for a couple. A two-roomed pub, with several TVs and separate games room with pool table and dart board on one side, plus a pleasant enough smoking area, made the Royal Oak a decent enough stopping point.
Royal Oak, Stockport Road, Cheadle, 1990. (c) deltrems at flickr.