Food review - Leather’s Smithy, Langley, Macclesfield

PUBLISHED: 18:18 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:18 05 November 2013

The Leather's Smithy inn, at an idyllic waterside setting in Langley, Macclesfield

The Leather's Smithy inn, at an idyllic waterside setting in Langley, Macclesfield


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What is it?

As the name suggests, this stone-built inn is a former smithy, dating back to the 18th century. In 1812, William Leather obtained the first licence to sell ale and porter at the premises, and, for his trouble, his face adorns the pub’s menu to this day.

The biggest selling point is the pub’s location, beside a reservoir and surrounded by walking trails through the Macclesfield Forest. Many who dine here will, like us, have earned their food with a good walk.

Leather’s Smithy has regular guest beers, but Theakston’s Best bitter and Caledonian Golden XPA are the permanent house beers.

On the menu

It’s full of timeless pub grub staples like sandwiches, fish and chips, sausage and mash, gammon and eggs. No surprises there. The real attraction is the specials board which on our visit had lamb and black pudding with mint jus, a surf and turf comprising wild board loin and tiger prawns, fidget pie and rabbit pie. We chose smoked haddock on a seafood risotto - a subtle and satisfying combination of flavours - and wild boar loin with organic apple sauce, which came as two thick and tender porky slices with a chunky sauce.

Our desserts were a generous pat of sticky toffee pud in custard and a less generous slice of delicious bilberry pie with ice cream (the only niggle of our visit).

Decor and ambience

A gratifyingly unmodernised traditional country pub with low ceilings, exposed beams, rough plasterwork, stone floors and even horse brasses. Clientele likely to include outdoorsy people.


Polite, efficient and attentive.


For two mains, two desserts, a couple of drinks each and coffees, the bill was £45. We’ll be back.

Leather’s Smithy

Clarke Lane


Macclesfield SK11 0NE

01260 252313

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