Diggle Hotel


Station Houses (1/2 mile from A670, OS Map 011081)
Diggle, Nr. Oldham, England, OL3 5JZ
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1457 872741 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

After a long walk on a stifling warm, but overcast ‘close’ day, we had avoided the tempting stay at the Swan Inn at Dobcross, & survived the rain storm at the Church Inn at Uppermill. We started our descent from the cloud covered hills & slowly walked down a single lane road into Diggle, everyone drenched equally by sweat & rain. As we cast aside our waterproofs, we entered the lovely rural quiet stone-built Hamlet of Diggle; it's simply too small to be classed a Village. At the end of the road lay the Diggle Hotel, a welcoming stop after our soaking- we required much needed refreshment.

Family-owned & run, the hospitality is sincerely genuine & second to none. Our party of walker’s were wet & tired, but we were in high spirits as the Pub drew us down from the hills like a magnet; we were hoping for some good Ale. We were not disappointed!
2 Timothy Taylor’s beers were on sale, the 3.5% light mild “Golden Best” – a really thirst quenching ale; to a man we all downed one of these mighty golden throat charmers in no less than 3 or 4 mouthfuls each. After our thirst was quenched, we progressed to the stronger Taylor’s “Landlord”, a premium 4.3% hoppy bitter that has long been a favorite of mine & was in fine form at the Diggle. 2 other guest beers were also on sale, but we stayed with the excellent Taylor’s. It serves Lunchtime & Evening Meals, but we waived these, as we had our own food.

The Diggle Hotel lies right at the end of the 4 Standedge Tunnels (1 Canal & 3 Rail). The 1st of which is the highest, longest & deepest Canal Tunnel in Britain. It was opened in 1811, is 3 ¼ miles long & hewn from solid rock. It runs deep underneath the Pennines from Gtr. Manchester to Yorkshire. The Diggle Hotel dates from 1789, but it came to prominence when it became an Ale House to serve the Miners who were employed to start crafting the first Standedge Canal Tunnel, & then later 3 other Railway Tunnels, the first of which started in 1834.

Sadly, we still had a few more miles to go to our ultimate destination, so we settled for just the 2 beers. All that remained for our party was a walk “over the tops” into Yorkshire, & back down into Marsden; which about 8 hours earlier had been our starting point.

The Diggle Hotel is a superb family-run pub that serves 4 superb Cask Ales. A popular & well-known refreshment establishment with Real Ale ramblers and serious walkers alike, it is most famous for the quality of its Timothy Taylor’s Real Ales.
And quite rightly so!

Jun 07, 2003
Diggle Hotel in Diggle, Nr. Oldham, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1 ratings