Stockport CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2009. Grade II listed and on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors, the Arden’s distinctive curved, glazed bar, its hidden snug (accessed by going through the bar, and said to be one of only four such snugs in the UK), chandeliers and grandfather clock create a Victorian ambience. Gourmet lunches (Mon-Fri 12-2.30, 12-4 Sat/Sun), quiz nights and wine tastings, however add a contemporary touch. Conveniently close to Stockport’s historic market and the Peel Centre shops, the place is abuzz at lunchtimes, but more intimate in the evenings. The cellars retain body niches in the walls, testament to the building’s former use as a mortuary. A recently added smoking lounge, and a beautiful courtyard where live music is played on occasions gives you views of the old stables and outbuildings. An unmissable gem. In Feb 2017 a blue plaque was attached to the building to honour Elizabeth Raffald; her nephew built Arden Arms and she is buried at the nearby St Mary’s church. She was a tremendous innovator and produced the first town directory for Manchester and Salford in 1772 amongst other things.