THERE is no better place than the Waggon and Horses, believed to be Stalybridge’s oldest and most historic pub, to celebrate the festive season.
The impressive beamed building, built as a farmhouse in 1663 and opened in 1789 as a tavern and coaching inn, provides the perfect ambience to relax and enjoy the gastronomic delights.
There is also a warm feel, hardly surprising as Joe Smith has held the tenancy from Robinson’s for the last 22 years and many of the 32-strong team are long-serving and almost part of the family.
Manager Lisa Ng has worked there for 14 years while chef Malcolm Goddard has headed the kitchen team for 18 years.
There is still availability over the festive season, though Christmas Day was sold out last January such was the demand to dine there on December 25.
The festive menu is served from November 30 to Christmas Eve with a three-course lunch £18.95 and three-course dinner £22.95.
There are sittings at 6pm and 8.30pm on Christmas Eve with three courses priced £27.95.
A Boxing Day menu will be served from noon to 8pm with two courses for £21.95 and three priced at £24.95.
Then it’s party night on New Year’s Eve with live entertainment from Andy T and a table buffet.
The cost is £25 and admission to the pub is by ticket only that night.
The Waggon and Horses has 70 covers in the restaurant and a further 40 can dine in the bar area.
Bar manager Robert Fletcher has also been busy perfecting his range of festive Christmas cocktails and large selection of gins while four cask ales will also be on tap over the Christmas period.