Built in 1813, The Cat and Fiddle is an iconic pub between Cheshire and Buxton situated in an extremely remote location, but none the less favoured by walkers and cyclists. Trading was always been a struggle in the winter months, and as a consequence in 2015, the landlord locked the doors for what seemed to be the very last time.
Following months of careful planning, local family business Forest Distillery have taken the keys to The Cat and Fiddle Inn, between Cheshire and Buxton, on a long-term lease from brewer and pub operator Robinsons Brewery.
Just down the hill from the pub lies The Forest Distillery, where husband and wife team, Karl and Lindsay Bond, along with 3 members of staff are making Gin and Whisky, giving the local area something to be very proud of. To continue the growth of the company, they have decided to move the Whisky part of the business to The Cat and Fiddle, a move which would make the building the highest altitude distillery in Britain.
To refurbish the building to its full former glory, however, requires considerable investment. Both Robinsons Brewery and Forest Distillery are heavily investing in the building but are still short to deliver the customer experience there.
So, on Monday 21st October a Crowdfunding page was set up where people are able to invest in helping to bring The Cat and Fiddle back to life. If all goes according to plan, The Cat and Fiddle will reopen its doors as a shining jewel on top of the green hills above Macclesfield and Buxton in Spring.