Macclesfield pub first to install electric car charger, more planned

  Posted: 03.08.21 at 09:00 by Alexander Greensmith

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The Cock Inn at Henbury has become the first pub in Macclesfield to have an electric car charger.

Last month, we reported of a perceived lack of electric car charging facilities in Macclesfield.

However, the Macclesfield pub on 76 Chelford Road has just added another to our town, with the installation of one charging point this week.

It is the latest sprucing up of the Macclesfield pub, taken over by new managers Stevenson Pub Company, who own five pubs in Macclesfield.

Neil Stevenson is keen on going electric, and invited Macclesfield Nub News to The Cock Inn.

He and his business partner Ian Parker took over the Macclesfield pub in April 2021.

The charging station only needs one cable to plug in, and is registered on car charger directory Zap Maps. It is publican Neil's latest endeavour to help out the community, who is also a governor for Broken Cross Primary School.

"It is free for our customers. You buy a meal, ask at the bar, and you can plug in," Neil said.

"If you come in for a meal it will put 20-25% charge on, which is at least 50 miles on a car.

"Looking around this major road there’s no car charging points.

“There’s not a lot in the service stations in Macc, so apart form the people at home, there's no facilities.

"This is a major road, and there’s a big housing estate going over the road, and it will benefit the flow of the restaurant as well.

Left to right: Neil, Head Chef Gary, General Manager Lauren and Ian. The Cock Inn's new chef team have a Food Hygiene rating of 5 - the best possible for an eatery in Macc.

“It was a no brainer really. I’m looking at putting one at most of our pubs."

The 7 kilowatt charging unit cost £450, and is the latest investment to the revamped The Cock Inn.

The pub, which seats almost 250 people inside and out, employs 15 people, including a new state-of-the-art chef team.

Their new menu includes pub classics, to pastas and risottos, for which they use local, Cheshire-based food suppliers.

There new food offerings also include a small-selection of freshly-made pizzas, along with a fish and seafood section.

The new menu also comes with multiple vegetarian and vegan options, like roasted butternut squash risotto.

To help out families during the summer holidays, kids can eat free from Monday to Friday at The Cock Inn.

Any main meal off the kids menu costs nothing, if accompanied by adults.

Ian added: “As a company we’re trying to revive licensed premises across Macclesfield and bring them back to life.

"And with The Cock Inn, the focus is all about fine dining. It is about producing something different for the people of Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

"We are here to help people enjoy their downtime and freetime, with a great service."

Neil and Ian have focussed on improving the food in recent months, but have also renovated the interior, as you can see with this Macclesfield mural.

The Cock Inn is the latest of many successful pubs Ian and Neil run in Macc.

Their first Macclesfield pub acquired was The Bruce Arms on Crompton Road.

The Stevenson Pub Co. also runs The Pack Horse, The White Lion, and The Puss in Boots.

"We went into lockdown with one pub and have come out with seven," added Ian.

"Breweries and pub companies come to us to keep the pubs open, and save the staff.

Kids menu items eligible for the free promotion includes spaghetti, beef burger, or fish and fries.

"We are a major player for employment in Macclesfield, and we are looking to grow the group and get more pubs, restaurants or bars in the group.

"We’re looking to bring in more people in our chef and bar teams. All employees can move from pub-to-pub to expand their career skills.

"We’re also a member of the government's Kickstart Scheme and have brought two new jobs to people that have been out of employment for the last few years, and they are flourishing and doing really well."

You can book a table at The Cock Inn on 01625 425659, or by messaging them Facebook.

The pub, which has an expansive beer garden, can also be found on Instagram.

Adult main courses start from £8.50, and kids menu items cost £5.95 outside of this summer's free weekday meal offer.

The Stevenson Pub Co. employ over 60 people in our town.

You can learn more about them or contact them via their website.

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