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Robinsons Brewery have today announced they will be relocating from their historic town centre site on Hillgate. The move, hopefully by 2025, will allow the business to perform more efficiently as all operations will take place at the already active Bredbury site.
The Brewer will be investing 12 million pounds into the current Bredbury site “which will see the installation of a new brewhouse, together with up-to-date, purpose built office accommodation”. This will will mean for the first time since 1949 brewing, kegging, logistics and other business related practices will be housed at the same site. This has been a long standing ambition for the Robinsons family.
Robinson Brewery have said regarding the move “It will be a wrench. The business has a long history in the town centre and we are very respectful of the company’s role in the Lower Hillgate area. But the economic and logistical limitations of the site were impossible to ignore. Moving everything under one roof gives us the ability to provide a more modern, flexible and greener brewing and packaging operation, while reflecting the company’s heritage.”
The positive news is the family envisage there will be no compulsory job losses due to the move and as one of Stockport’s biggest employers this is incredibly important to them and the town.
It is clear a new chapter awaits from the Iconic Stockport brewery but the question on all our minds is what will happen to the current site? It is historically important to the town and represents our history. We have been saying for ages… It would be great for a rooftop bar at the top of the tower – maybe now it could become a reality!
Located amongst the bustle of Stockport Marketplace, Project 53 have managed to acquire a prime location next to the soon to be refurbished Produce Hall.
The Project 53 concept is a run off from a family brewery based in Mobberley. Their main aim is to sell high quality craft ales combined with local gins and stone baked pizza.
I mean pizza, gin, and beer, how could anybody be against that set up…
After having a lovely chat with manager Sophie, who had an incredible passion for Stockport, she told us how they really wanted the interior to match Stockport’s industrial vibe. The use of open brick, stone floors, recycled wood and low lighting really give a nod towards Stockport’s heritage.
All they are missing are a couple of hats… Maybe they will drop some in soon.
Sophie said of the renovations; “we wanted the decor to have an unfinished shabby style whilst everything we serve to be executed with overwhelming perfection”.
All we can say from our experience is that they have triumphed in what they set out to achieve.
The space truly matches the Old Town chic and the drinks and pizza were served with true care and attention.
The range of ales on offer would be enough to satisfy any beer connoisseur. It is great to see more locally brewed craft beer finding its way into Stockport. Importantly for some, we were made aware that many of the beers on offer are vegan friendly. It is of course great to see more establishments catering for a wider audience.
In regards to the gin, what can we say. The Project 53 team seem to have compiled a huge selection of locally sourced gins. We of course went for something pink and filled with fruit. It was prepared fantastically and we couldn’t fault it. If we have any gin fans amongst we would love to know what Project 53’s Parma Violet gin tastes like. Let us know!
Now to that stone baked pizza…
At present their are 5 options to choose from. Ranging from a fantastic Pepperoni that includes Basil and Chilli Flakes to a Goats Cheese pizza that includes, Caramelised Onion, Spinach and Balsamic Vinegar.
We must admit the goats cheese pizza was one of the best we’ve ever eaten. The Stop in Stockport team recommends you give it try. Seriously though, try it.
Unfortunately there isn’t a vegan pizza on offer at the moment. Although, we have been assured that they are currently working on a vegan option which I have no doubt will be fantastic. We will keep you updated, you’ll know when we do.
We absolutely loved our trip to Project 53 and will be heading back to Stockport’s newest bar as soon as possible. As always it is great to see more and more places popping up and bringing more life into our town.
We highly recommend paying these guys a visit and sampling all they have to offer. We are sure you will have good time.
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We were invited to dine as guests of Project 53 and were not asked to pay.