A very traditional English pub, frequented by locals from the village of Langley, and visitors from all over, enjoying Macclesfield Forest, Langley reservoirs and the Peak District National Park, all literally on the doorstep. Literally. On the doorstep.
Fine beers, especially Theakstons, are served at the bar, and the food is traditional, hearty and good quality. Last visit I had loin of Venison wtih Cumberland Sausages and seasonal veg (and chips) while Sue had Steak and (strong) Ale pie (real pastry, not that wimpy puff stuff they add on later in chain pubs) with mountains of peas and taters.
On a Saturday evening the tables in the lounge are all booked up unless you are lucky, and here you will hear proper Cheshire spoken - one old chap said on meeting his brother "It dunt appen here offun!"
There are people who live in Cheshire and there are people who don't. I fall into the latter category and take some comfort from the fact that the majority of the population also falls short of the first proposition. So it's nothing personal then.
Leather's Smithy is a bastion to the venerable traditions of olde English inns. A wooden-beamed interior and low ceiling invites you to duck your head and stoop inside for a while. My overall impression is that the place is somehow nothing special, but then as the evening ebbs away you realise that there is nothing out of place, nothing to find fault with at all. It doesn't over-reach itself, it's just confident in being a pub - sometimes landlord's overlook the simple things in life.
The best thing about this pub, apart from the snug look of the building including the adjacent residence from the car park to the rear, the views onto the reservoir and the three or four real ales on tap is the food.
I settled down to wild boar steak with a redcurrant and port sauce followed by bilberry pie and custard. Main meals are available at around the £10 mark, but an assortment of lighter bites are also on offer for the browsers amongst us.
The pub is indeed charming and in a lovely location, usefully placed at the end of some tiring rambles through Macc forest. But surely as a worn out walker, the key service a pub like this should provide (after the obvious) is a hearty meal for alland here is where the Leather Smith loses marks. If you are of the vegetarian persuasion don't expect a single dish to be suitable. Even the meagre and expensive cheese sandwich is not available in the evening unless you are very persuasive. Luckily for me there was one lonesome offering on the specials menu, a threesome of very modestly sized potato cakes, which I opted for out of sheer necessity. Even the Thai red curry (also a special) was authentic enough to contain fish oil which ruled that out as well. In summary, a lovely place if you like your meat expensive and uncrowded by space wasting vegetarian fare.
great food large portions lots of game wont leave hungry nice selection of real ales friendly staff will be going back
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