THE NEW landlord of the Railway is steaming into the well-known Greenfield hostelry with plenty of plans.
And they are all designed to enhance the Shaw Hall Bank Road pub’s reputation for music and as coveted stopping off point on the Ale Trail.
Steve Read may not be familiar to many locals but he’s certainly not lacking in knowledge of the pub trade.
“I’ve actually been out of the game for 20 years,” says Steve, originally from Gorton but now living in Ashton-under-Lyne. “But I have had plenty of pubs in the Manchester area in the past.”
And as a City fan, it was home from home for Steve as mine host to a number of boozers close to the Blues’ famous Maine Road stadium, including the Sherwood.
Now, he’s behind a bar again and relishing the challenge. “The brewery offered me the Nelson in Didsbury but this is a better prize,” he said.
“I know the Saddleworth area pretty well and I actually stayed at the Railway about seven years ago,” added Steve who also runs his owning building company.
“It is a great pub in a great location and we just want to enhance the potential.”
Famed for its live music, Steve is keen to keep that tradition alive with the possible re-introduction of comedy nights.
The Railway is also an official Ale Trail destination and drinkers won’t be thirsty or short of choices, with plans to increase the number of guest ales.
To ease congestion at busy periods, the upstairs function room will be opened while Steve proposes to make greater use of the beer garden with its magnificent views towards Pots and Pans and Indian’s Head.
“I’ve already had people tell me the Railway atmosphere is the best on the Ale Trail,” said Steve who took over at the end of March.
His arrival at the Railway signalled the departure of the Robinson family who took over in early 2016.
However, they still retain the tenancy of the Clarence Hotel at the opposite end of the village.