How to spend the day in Poynton

PUBLISHED: 15:58 13 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:02 07 August 2020

Sup some ale at The Cask Tavern
Photo: John Cocks

Sup some ale at The Cask Tavern Photo: John Cocks

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Poynton offers great shopping, fabulous food, healthy walks and good dose of history

To put it in a nutshell, Poynton is a small town with a cosy village feel.

Many small towns lay claim to that same description, but Poynton totally embodies it.

How does this town of over 15,000 inhabitants maintain this cosy feel? It’s through a clever balance of independent retailers and national chains – and very light on the national chains, it must be said.

Park Lane, its busy high street buzzes with independent shops and eateries – and is easy to navigate too, due to its innovative shared space set up, where the roads have been re-designed to slow traffic flow and provide a safe and simple space for pedestrians to move around.

Positively boulevard-esque pavements provide an easy browsing experience, offering vistas of businesses from artisan butchers to high-end jewellers and ensuring that this once grey and dusty mining village has become a vibrant, contemporary resource for both residents and visitors alike.

Leisure options in Poynton

Discover something new (and olf) at Anson Engine Museum
Photo: Paul TaylorDiscover something new (and olf) at Anson Engine Museum Photo: Paul Taylor

Start your day in Poynton by discovering more of its past. Poynton once had the largest coalfield in Cheshire, with 74 pits. Built on the site of a former colliery, the small but perfectly formed Nelson Pit Visitor Centre features displays about Poynton’s mining history, the origins of the Middlewood Way and the local canal network. From here you can choose one of eight circular walks of varying degrees of difficulty around the local area, several of which will take you along the Macclesfield Canal.

Try Nelson Pit Walk Two, which takes you to Lyme Park, where you can spot red deer and admire the glorious architecture of Lyme Hall.

If walking doesn’t appeal, a visit to Anson Engine Museum will delight (and surprise) all the family. Renowned as one of the world’s finest specialist museums, as well as an impressive collection of engines and working machinery – including a steam section featuring the largest steam engine in Cheshire – there is also a craft centre where monthly demonstrations are given by blacksmiths and bodgers (that’s wood turners, not men particularly bad at fixing things.)

Shopping in Poynton

Now it’s time to hit the shops. A stroll along Park Lane offers a plethora of delights.

Browse the shops in a leisurely fashion
Photo: John CocksBrowse the shops in a leisurely fashion Photo: John Cocks

Poynton is where goldsmith Christopher Evans established his first store and has been delighting lovers of bespoke jewellery throughout the two decades since. If you’re in the market for something beautiful and unusual, he’s your man.

Fashion lovers will enjoy a visit to Susie Blues; owner Susie Blueman has been in business for almost 30 years, so clearly knows how to get it right for her customers. Prestbury Travel offers the ultimate bespoke travel planning service, whether you fancy a blow-out trip around the world or a family-friendly experience on the Med, while you can pick up delightful gifts and cards at the interestingly named Lozziwoo.

If you are visiting Poynton for destination interiors store Cheshire Bespoke Glass and Door, why not take in JDB Interiors for some kitchen inspiration and Blue Tree Home, for those perfect finishing touches?

Where to eat in Poynton

It’s widely rumoured that the best pies in Cheshire can be found at The Snap Tin, the name a reference to the metal lunch tin miners would take into the pit with them in days past. Open less than a year before covid-19 struck, they have taken the opportunity to expand their seating onto those wide Poynton pavements with a covered dining space. Another recent arrival to the Poynton dining scene is Panache One London Road, popular for fabulous Sunday lunches and a menu to suit all tastes. For Afternoon Tea, discover the tiny Poynton Tea Rooms, their homemade cakes are the stuff of legend. If it’s a traditional pub experience you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with The Farmer’s Arms and The Cask Tavern, home to Bollington Brewery’s collection of fine ales. If you love a brewery, Poynton has its own, of course: Poynton Brewery’s tap house The Flute & Firkin retails all their own ales and lagers, plus guest brands – and the usual non-beer beverages, of course.

The best pies in Cheshire?
Photo: The Snap TinThe best pies in Cheshire? Photo: The Snap Tin

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