The tiny treasure that is The Mounting Stone is now well into its second year, having established itself as Bramhall’s go-to choice for locally brewed craft beers and ales. I Love Bramhall caught up with co-owner Andrew O’Shea to find out about all the latest developments at The Mounting Stone, including the launch of Bramhall’s very own beer.
Something of a hidden gem, The Mounting Stone blends inconspicuously with the shopfronts along Woodford Road, right in the centre of the village. Inside, however, the small but perfectly formed pub is anything but ordinary. The cosy space is warmly welcoming with its rustic wooden and upcycled industrial features, and an unmistakeable aroma of ale lingers in the air.
The relaxed atmosphere is a key draw for visitors; locals pop in on weekdays with friends and colleagues, while weekends draw a more varied crowd looking to enjoy a night out. Unlike many traditional pubs, The Mounting Stone is popular among both sexes and across age groups. With six members of staff aged from 20s to 50s, there’s always a friendly face to relate to and plenty of opportunity to enjoy some light conversation at the bar.
Of course, the foremost draw for most visitors is the beer – such is the bar’s renown that it’s been featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for yet another year. The Mounting Stone stocks six house beers and eight guest beers – the latter changing regularly when each keg or cask is finished. Priding itself on local offerings, the pub sources beers from breweries in and around Stockport, including Thirst Class Ale in Reddish and Cloudwater Brew Co in Manchester. From time to time, beers from further afield put in an appearance – although they have to be top quality to make it on to the menu.
Earlier this year in June, The Mounting Stone made a very exciting announcement that has really put Bramhall on the map for local brew: the bar had started to make its very own beer. Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that reached its target in under two months, Andrew was able to set up a micro-brewery of sorts at the back of the pub, making clever use of a small amount of space. Made of Stone, as the beer is called, is proudly brewed in Bramhall and well worth sampling if you’re partial to a pint.
At The Mounting Stone, even the non-beer drinkers are well catered for with a selection of 20 gins and an exclusive choice of wines. If you do fancy a sip of something a bit beery but a little less hoppy, try the Strawberry Wit, which is a sweet treat for the tastebuds. Also stocking gluten-free beer, the pub is dog-friendly and offers free WiFi, offering plenty of space downstairs and a rustic seating area outside, too.
If that wasn’t enough, there are some great permanent deals on offer, including 30p off cask beer on Mondays and Tuesdays for CAMRA members, a pie and a pint of cask ale for £5 until 4pm daily and a free tonic on all double orders of the gin of the week. Can’t make it to the pub? Not a problem – The Mounting Stone now offers an online ordering service via Deliveroo, as well as carry-out orders and a pop-up mobile event bar for private parties.
If you want to give your special occasion a real wow factor, though, the pub’s latest development is sure to be a talking point among guests. Coming to an event near you soon is a brand new mobile bar unlike anything you’re likely to have seen before: a hip caravan, ingeniously transformed into the coolest mobile bar you’ve probably laid eyes on. The bar is a work in progress but now is the time to think about booking for next year’s summer parties, anniversaries and special events.
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