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We serve an honest pint, with a range of cask ales to choose from. Enjoy in front of a roaring fire in the cooler months or sat in our beer garden when the sun makes an appearance. Our menu offers seasonal dishes and regular classics prepared fresh from our kitchen every day.
We also offer a selection of fine wines and champagnes from around the world.
For those interested in history the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate is just a short walk from The Ship, and inspired the successful Channel 4 drama ‘The Mill’. The estate is one of Britain’s greatest heritage sites, which harks back to the Industrial Revolution and conveys a very different sense of community living!
There are plenty of great walks from The Ship. Just ask us when you are in and we’ll gladly point them out to you and have a pint waiting for you when you return!
The man who helped to cultivate Styal, Samuel Greg, was one of thirteen children, and you can see where his knowledge and interest in textiles began. His Father, Thomas Greg, was a wealthy Irish linen merchant and ship owner and his Mother, Elizabeth, belonged to a small landowning family in Lancashire with interests in Belfast Linen Industry. Financial trouble meant that Samuel was sent to live with his uncle, Robert Hyde, who owned a merchant manufacturing business.
After growing up working for his uncle, Samuel was familiar with the cotton trade, and when Robert died in 1782 he left Samuel with a substantial inheritance, which he used to found Quarry Bank Mill.
The Ship dates back 350 years and was once known as the ‘Shippon’, a farm building used to store manure, but became the Ship Inn when the farmer who owned it started brewing for the local people. It now attracts visitors to the nearby Mill and surrounding area for its much sweeter smelling 260 year old wisteria and the beautiful roses that grow up the front of the building.
Before Quarry Bank Mill was built, the village of Styal was a small collection of barns and cottages, whose inhabitants worked on the surrounding lands. Then in 1784, Samuel Greg built the textile Mill on the banks of the River Bollin, a 20 mile river passing through the North West, rising in Macclesfield Forest before merging with the River Mersey, north of Lymm.
As the industrial revolution took hold and the Mill became more successful, the village of Styal began to develop and many of the original farm buildings were converted into houses, and new cottages were added in the 1820s, as well as amenities such as a school, shop, bakery, and two churches.
Alexander Carlton Greg donated the estate to the National Trust to be cared for and enjoyed by future generations.
Due to a decline in the British cotton trade after the outbreak of WWI, when cotton could no longer be exported and foreign countries started producing their own, Quarry Bank Mill closed for trade and the machines sent to India.