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By Lee | 27th September 2017

Bollington Brewing Company is a rapidly expanding family brewery and pub estate.  We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who want to help shape the future of the business.

New Vale Logo


As an award winning local community brand, we have grown organically, fueled by a passion for brewing real ale and providing great food and outstanding customer experience. The Vale Inn is our brewery tap, with its newly refurbished kitchen we are producing fantastic food and now have a vacancy for an experienced Head Chef to lead our kitchen team.

The Head Chef plays a big part in the success of the business, and together with the general manager will develop the menus and be responsible for sourcing all ingredients.

You will have the right personality to inspire, motivate and improve the team together with a real passion for fresh food. You’ll be very hands-on and so you’ll need to be experienced in maintaining high volumes with the right standards of quality and consistency.

We offer a competitive salary which is negotiable, depending on experience, and the opportunity to work for an expanding & ambitious company.


To apply for this positions please email a CV and a covering letter specifying why you think you would be suitable to


By Lee | 28th July 2017

We are organising a charity walk on Saturday 19th August from the Cask Tavern in Poynton through to The Vale Inn in Bollington and then on over Kerridge Ridge and down in to Macclefield to The Park Tavern.

Total walk of 10.5 miles (16.8K) taking roughly 4 hours gentle walking.

Paul Norman is a friend of the brewery and has embarked on the momentous challenge of raising money for Elliot’s Footprint a very important new charity close to his heart.

He will be walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (already complete) and the Bullock Smithy 56m walk. As a business we support lots of local charities but we would really like to support Paul with this so we are holding a fundraiser in the form of a Bollington Brewing Pub challenge!!

If you would like to support Paul you can donate to his JustGiving page here;


Entry fee for the walk will be £15, sign up info will be coming soon. Supervised older children and dogs are welcome on the walk.


The day will look a bit like this, all times are approximate.;

10:00 : Cask Tavern : Check in, free cake and tea or coffee or beer for the hardy.

11:00 : Leave the Cask and head up through Wards End across to the canal.

12:30 : Vale Inn : Arrive for free Bacon sandwiches and a beer

14:00 : Leave the Vale Inn and head up to White Nancy and over Kerridge Ridge

16:30 : Park Tavern : Something to eat and a drink to finish off the challenge


Transport Suggestions;

Bus from Bollington to Poynton (Saturday service);

392 : Cotton Tree 10:02 arrives in Poynton at St Georges Church 10:21 (£3.30)

Train from Macclesfield to Poynton (Saturday service);

10:21 arrives in Poynton 10:31 (£3.90)

Bus from Macclesfield to Bollington (Saturday service);

10 : Macclesfield Bus Station 18:15 arrives in Bollington Cotton Tree 18:32 (£3.30)

Train from Macclesfield to Poynton (Saturday service);

18:21 arrives in Poynton 18:31 (£3.90)

For those people driving there is free parking in Poynton next to Waitrose.

Click here to sign up.

3 peaks fell race action image

By Lee | 21st March 2017

Bollington Brewing 3 Peaks Fell Race returns on Saturday 6th May!

Hot on the heels of last year’s record turnout, Bollington Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce that the event is back for the 9th year running.

Officially the only fell race in the country to start and finish at a brewery, the race sees seasoned fell runners compete alongside relative novices.

Set over 5.7 miles of challenging terrain, runners will face a 1200 ft ascent traversing Kerridge Hill, White Nancy and Nab Hill.

Look out for our special edition 3 Peaks ale this year, which will be available in new-look cans.

The fee of £10 includes entry to the race, a free pint, a tasty helping of chilli and rice and a goody bag! Profits from the race are split 50% to Buxton Mountain Rescue and 50% to Bollington Festival, which will be held in 2019.

Register Now

Download the results from previous years below.

Results 2017

Results 2016

Results 2015

Results 2014

Results 2013

Results 2012

Results 2011

Results 2010

Results 2009


By Lee | 3rd December 2015

Proud to be North East Cheshire Business Awards Team of the Year!

We’re thrilled to have won the coveted Team of the Year title at the North East Cheshire Business Awards, having competed against the crème de la crème of businesses in the area.

Our reputation for excellence was recognised at the high profile NECB Awards at The Mere, Knutsford, and is testament to the strength of our team.

It also reflects our commitment to quality and providing excellent customer service across the business, from the brewery to our three pubs; The Vale Inn (Bollington), The Park Tavern (Macclesfield) and The Cask Tavern (Poynton).

We’ve grown in the last seven years, while ensuring that the passion for what we do remains at the heart of the business. This success is down to the work of an outstanding team – thanks to you all for making this happen and here’s to the next seven years!

Three is the magic number

By Lee | 28th October 2015

An award-winning Cheshire brewery, headed up by Lee Wainwright, has secured listings for all three of its pubs; The Park Tavern (Macclesfield), The Vale Inn (Bollington) and The Cask Tavern (Poynton) in the revered Good Beer Guide, put together by CAMRA.

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) creates the annual directory, which features 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the UK, based on beer scores notched up over the course of the year.

While both The Vale Inn and The Park Tavern have featured in the guide beforehand, this year marks the debut inclusion of The Cask Tavern, which was launched under The Bollington Brewing Co. portfolio of businesses in autumn 2013.

A must for any self-confessed beer lover, The Good Beer Guide has just released its 42nd edition. As the ‘gold standard’ of ale tourism, it prompts visitors to travel to Lee’s pubs from as far as London to taste the family business’s distinctive beers.

With a passion for revitalising local pubs and bringing their quirky charms to the fore, such as the on-site boutique cinema above The Park Tavern in Macclesfield, Lee is committed to maintaining a high quality customer experience. This is carried across The Bollington Brewery and the estate of pubs, all carefully built on a firm foundation of strong family values.

Commenting on the news, Lee said: “We’re thrilled to have a ‘clean sweep’ in terms of listings in this year’s Good Beer Guide and have worked hard to establish our reputation.

“We are always looking for new ways to innovate, but at the heart of our businesses is an unrelenting dedication to quality which drives everything we do and keeps customers coming back.”


FESTIVAL PUB - credit Fiona Bailey

By Lee | 15th August 2015

Our student staff are very excited about their imminent return to a life of learning. For us it means we have to say a temporary goodbye to them and that leaves us with a number of bar positions to fill.

At the Vale Inn in Bollington have permanent positions for daytime, evening and weekend shifts for bar staff and supervisors.

If you are interested in beer and food and would like to join our team either full or part time email us at

Bollington Beer Festival (Credit Simon Nottage)

By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 17th July 2014

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th July
Bollington Arts Centre
Tickets £6

Join us for two fabulous days of beer, food and live music, as we celebrate the third Bollington Beer Festival at Bollington Arts Centre.

For the third consecutive year, The Bollington Brewing Company is delighted to be supporting the festival, with all profits going to good causes in the local community.

As well as being the main sponsors of the event, our team helps to coordinate things, providing the knowledge and know-how we’ve gained over the last few years running similar things, including our own Cider Festival and the Bollington Festival Pub.

Bollington Beer Festival (Credit John Appleyard)

Image by John Appleyard

At this year’s festival we’re offering a variety of 40 beers and 15 ciders, many of them brewed locally, including our very own Festivale and Bollington Best. Food is also available, with delicious paella, pulled pork and chicken tagine on the menu. And to make sure everything goes with a swing, there’ll be live music including jazz, a Samba band, the Bollington Brass Band and popular Stockport folk group, ‘Maguffin’.

The past two beer festivals have been really successful and we’ve raised thousands of pounds for the Bollington Festival and Bollington Arts Centre. This year we’re fundraising for other charities and groups too, and would love your nominations – do you have a favorite local charity or worthwhile cause you’d like to receive some of the cash? If so, just visit and click on ‘community’.

We’d also like to hear from businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring a barrel: for just £50 for a cask of cider and £100 for a cask of ale you can have your name displayed on the front of the barrel as well as being listed in the programme. A great way to promote your business and support your local community too. You’ll receive one free ticket for every £25 of sponsorship, allowing entry to any of the three festival sessions, so it’s a nice little package for business colleagues or friends as well.

Beer Festival (Bolly Jan. Permission given)

Image by Bolly Jan

Tickets for the Friday night session are SOLD OUT, but you can still buy tickets for the two sessions on Saturday 26th July (12pm – 5pm) and the same day (6pm until 11pm).

Tickets cost £6 and are available to buy from any of our three pubs, The Vale Inn, The Park Tavern and The Cask Tavern, as well as the Poachers Inn in Bollington and The Wharf and Treacle Tap in Macclesfield.

Tickets can also be purchased online at Look forward to seeing you there. Cheers!

Main image by Simon Nottage

Photo by Will Clayton

By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 8th May 2014

Monday 19 May
Bollington Civic Hall

It’s Bollington SciBar’s 5th Birthday, and we’re celebrating by hosting a special ‘double-bill’ as part of this year’s 50th Anniversary Bollington Festival.

Guest speakers, Professor Ian Wilson and Professor Jonathan Swinton, will discuss advances in analytical chemistry over the last half century, as well as posing the question: Is there any more Maths to find out?

You may remember that both scientists have given fascinating talks in the past, on subjects as varied as Infinity and the symbiosis of drugs and bugs.

Our Bollington SciBar here at The Vale Inn grew out of a hugely successful series of events during the last Bollington Festival in 2009. Regular sessions of science-talk over a relaxed drink have taken place at the pub ever since.

Bollington Brewing Company Director, Lee Wainwright, says: “Bollington SciBar has been a success since day one, which just goes to show that science is more popular than we think. People seem to enjoy the informal surroundings and being able to chat about interesting topics over a drink: from our point of view, it’s the perfect combination of a thirst for knowledge as well as beer!”

To maximise numbers, the Happy Birthday SciBar! event will take place at the Civic Hall in Bollington, with all your favourite Bollington Brewing Company beers available behind the bar, including our special commemorative beer, Festivale, a spicy Bavarian Hopped pale ale, perfect for celebrating this special occasion!

We’d like to thank everyone on the SciBar team – from speakers, to listeners, to bar staff – who’ve come together over the last five years to make Bollington SciBar such a great event.

Happy Birthday SciBar! is FREE and entry is on a first come, first served basis. Suitable for ages 16+. Younger participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult please.

To avoid disappointment, make sure you arrive early as this is bound to be a popular event. Bar opens at 6pm. Hope to see you there.

Image by Will Clayton sourced from flickr creative commons.