STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds received a warm welcome when he dropped into one of Stalybridge's most iconic pubs.
The Buffet Bar, at Stalybridge Railway Station, dates back as far as 1885. And it still boasts the magnificent marble bars and real fires that Victorian travellers would have enjoyed.
Mr Reynolds dropped in to the Buffet Bar at the invitation of owner John Hesketh, as part of celebrations to mark 'Proud of Pubs' week.
He said: "The Buffet Bar is renowned across the region for its real ales, distinctive charm and warm welcome.
"It is popular with regulars who live in Stalybridge and beyond. And I know some people who deliberately plan their rail journey so they can stop off at the Buffet Bar on the way.
"This isn't the first time I have visited the Buffet Bar. But I was delighted to be able to spend some time with John and his staff."
The visit was also an opportunity for Jonathan to hear abut the challenges facing the pub industry, including the pressures of the recession and taxation on beer.
Earlier this year Jonathan backed a parliamentary Early Day Motion which recognised the importance of pubs at the heart of our communities.
It recognised the role of pubs within our communities and called for greater support to be offered to pubs through taxation and other measures.
And following his visit to the Buffet Bar, Jonathan said: "For generations pubs have been at the heart of our society.
"Communities need places to meet. For some people that meeting place may be the community centre, the corner shop, the church or the mosque - but for many people the pub is the focal point of their community.
"Our pubs are under greater economic pressures than ever before and dozens are forced to close their doors every week. But I believe we should take steps to ensure pubs do not disappear."
Published July 30, 2010