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The Magnet (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - PujaExceptional1
Ossett - Hop MonsterExceptional1
Elland - DiabloExceptional1
Oates - Wild OatesExcellent1
Quantum - Citra IPAExcellent1
Elland - Junga at HeartExcellent1
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale AleExcellent1
Buxton - Tsar Imperial Russian StoutExcellent1
Fernandes - Red Hop AleExcellent1
Rat - King Rat IPAExcellent1
Blindmans - Scorpion StingExcellent1
Millstone - Tiger RutExcellent1
Outstanding - SOSExcellent1
Abbeydale - MoonshineExcellent1
Rudgate - 20th Birthday AleExcellent1
Buxton - Dark NightsExcellent1
Abbeydale - AbsolutionExcellent1
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Roll Away the StoneGood1
Buxton - Moor TopGood1
Summer Wine (SWB) - Cherokee Golden AleGood1
Hidden - Bee'ch LickedGood1
Salopian - OracleGood1
Ossett - Millbridge MildGood1
Leamside - AdventureGood1
Watts Brewing? Co. - GingerGood1
Quantum - BitterGood1
Phoenix - Thirsty MoonNot Tried0
Green Duck - Duck OrangeNot Tried0
Brightside - Manchester SkylineNot Tried0
Saltaire - Cascadian BlackNot Tried0
Abbeydale - North American IPANot Tried0
Brewster's - Aromatic PorterNot Tried0
Saltaire - Elderflower BlondeNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Wishbone - GumptionNot Tried0
Millstone - King Offa Limited Edition OBE Brew No. 1Not Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Black Flag - Chinook PaleNot Tried0
AllGates - Florida (was called Ostara)Not Tried0
Saltaire - HopfenNot Tried0
Monty's - MapleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Fell - Progressive PaleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Pale Ale (Purest Green)Not Tried0
Thorne - Pale AleNot Tried0
Ossett - CitraNot Tried0
Mad Hatter - Penny Lane PaleNot Tried0
Ossett - Silver KingNot Tried0
Quantum - EuroipaNot Tried0
Privateer Beers - Strawberry WheatNot Tried0
Phoenix - ArizonaNot Tried0
Coniston - Oliver's Light AleNot Tried0
Fernandes - Murderers YardNot Tried0
Phoenix - May FlyNot Tried0
AllGates - AhtanumNot Tried0
Cloudwater - PaleNot Tried0
Whim - Hartington IPANot Tried0
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Best BitterNot Tried0
Quantum - Tiramisu StoutNot Tried0
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Black Coral StoutNot Tried0
Titanic - MildNot Tried0
Titanic - StoutNot Tried0
Ossett - Big RedNot Tried0
Liverpool Organic - CascadeNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
BrewDog - Alpha Dog (Low strength)Not Tried0
Geeves - Smokey JoeNot Tried0
Ashover - Poets' TippleNot Tried0
Rudgate - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Rooster's - Fort SmithNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - FUBARNot Tried0
Millstone - True GritNot Tried0
Saltaire - Smoked PorterNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Great ExpectationsNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Magnet, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Picture 2. The Magnet, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Visits Details

13 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Another pub that has recently fallen off my radar. First visit since the in-house brewery was added.
Watts Brewing? Co. - Ginger3.70Good
Titanic - Stout4.50Not Tried
Salopian - Oracle4.00Not Tried
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Ashover - Poets' Tipple4.00Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - FUBAR4.40Not Tried
Oldershaw - Great Expectations4.20Not Tried
Brightside - Manchester Skyline4.60Not Tried
Brewster's - Aromatic Porter4.50Not Tried
Wishbone - Gumption4.50Not Tried
Black Flag - Chinook Pale4.90Not Tried
Monty's - Maple4.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Pale Ale (Purest Green)5.20Not Tried
25 Apr 2015 (ChrisE)
Early Saturday evening, both bars and the games area very busy. Quick service at the bar.
Salopian - Oracle4.00Good
Leamside - Adventure3.80Good
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Saltaire - Hopfen5.70Not Tried
Fell - Progressive Pale5.10Not Tried
Mad Hatter - Penny Lane Pale3.80Not Tried
Privateer Beers - Strawberry Wheat4.00Not Tried
Fernandes - Murderers Yard4.00Not Tried
Cloudwater - Pale4.10Not Tried
Quantum - Tiramisu Stout6.20Not Tried
16 Apr 2014 (ChrisE)
I sat in the right hand bar which I had not been in for. There was a box of pump clips on the bar, with clips for sale at 50p each for charity.
Summer Wine (SWB) - Cherokee Golden Ale4.20Good
Ossett - Silver King4.30Not Tried
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Titanic - Mild3.50Not Tried
Salopian - Oracle4.00Not Tried
Liverpool Organic - Cascade3.80Not Tried
Geeves - Smokey Joe5.00Not Tried
Rooster's - Fort Smith5.00Not Tried
Saltaire - Smoked Porter6.00Not Tried
Green Duck - Duck Orange5.50Not Tried
Abbeydale - North American IPA6.00Not Tried
09 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
Another "first" for me, and boy, what a thirst you need with this eclectic range of ales! Ticking head well and truly on, I dived in? Incredible. What a pub. Current 2013 gbg entry and twice previous in 2011/2
Elland - Diablo5.60ExceptionalA top class Porter, rich and full flavoured. Sixth winner!
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Puja6.70ExceptionalClip says a collaboration with Dark Star called Puja Jasmine IPA. Excellant too.
Ossett - Hop Monster5.00ExceptionalAnd it was too. Top class. Seventh winner..
Outstanding - SOS4.50ExcellentA1 again. Eighth winner.
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale Ale4.00ExcellentA1 again.
Millstone - Tiger Rut4.00ExcellentAlas, this was the only one that wasn't a winner! Nevertheless though, my 12th winner here for this first visit to this amazingly good real ale emporium. Ironically, this last ale was "ticked" down my way at Dartford WMC in 2009?
Buxton - Dark Nights4.60ExcellentVery good again. No.11 winner.
Oates - Wild Oates4.30ExcellentThird winner!
Elland - Junga at Heart4.60ExcellentFourth winner!
Fernandes - Red Hop Ale4.40ExcellentFifth winner!
Rudgate - 20th Birthday Ale4.00ExcellentNinth winner!
Buxton - Moor Top3.60GoodA good effort. 10th winner. You can tell I've not done much "ticking" in 2012?
Quantum - Bitter3.80GoodA1 again for my 12th winner.
11 May 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Pub heaving
Buxton - Tsar Imperial Russian Stout9.50ExcellentA half as chaser to a King Rat
Rat - King Rat IPA5.00Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Ossett - Big Red4.00Not Tried
Ossett - Citra4.20Not Tried
Quantum - Euroipa5.50Not Tried
Coniston - Oliver's Light Ale3.40Not Tried
AllGates - Ahtanum4.30Not Tried
16 Apr 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Always a good range and varied in flavours. Does not fall for majoring on Golden beers. Monday night is cheese night but I have always missed it on previous visits - I think they wait for door to close as I leave and I never thought to peer through the frosted glass to see them gorge. Baguette slices (white and brown), butter, biscuits, silverskin pickled onions, grapes (red and green) AND blocks of various cheeses all complimentary and complementary to the beer. I did not disgrace myself.
Abbeydale - Moonshine4.30ExcellentAlways worth drinking. Rounded Sheffield brew.
Abbeydale - Absolution5.30ExcellentKept on the stronger ones to complement the cheesy comestibles.
Quantum - Citra IPA5.50ExcellentA delight as the stronger ABV brought out the body of the beer. Who invented Citra hops - where had they been all our lives?
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
Millstone - True Grit5.00Not Tried
Phoenix - Thirsty Moon4.60Not Tried
Saltaire - Cascadian Black4.80Not Tried
Millstone - Tiger Rut4.00Not Tried
Saltaire - Elderflower Blonde4.00Not Tried
Millstone - King Offa Limited Edition OBE Brew No. 14.00Not Tried
AllGates - Florida (was called Ostara)3.60Not Tried
07 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet on a Saturday lunchtime.
Blindmans - Scorpion Sting4.00ExcellentVery pale bitter with an excellent fruity, citrus hop character. Quite sweet from the fruit and balanced well with malt. The finish is fruity. My score 16/20.
04 May 2011 (ChrisE)
A very large group of us arrived at opening time, a superb range of beers, and excellent service from a barmaid that had been expecting a quiet start to the evening.
Ossett - Millbridge Mild3.70Good
Ossett - Silver King4.30Not Tried
Phoenix - Arizona4.10Not Tried
Phoenix - May Fly4.40Not Tried
Whim - Hartington IPA4.50Not Tried
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Black Coral Stout4.50Not Tried
Ossett - Big Red4.00Not Tried
BrewDog - Alpha Dog (Low strength)3.80Not Tried
21 Nov 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Pub has only been open a week or so and already a good number of people in on a Saturday afternoon. Good selection of beers in excellent condition.
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Roll Away the Stone5.00GoodPale strong bitter with assertive hop character and good malt balance. Citrus finish. My score 15/20.
Hidden - Bee'ch Licked4.60GoodStrong pale ale with good balance of malt and hop and a fairly bitter finish.
Thorne - Pale Ale4.20Not Tried

About The Magnet

The pub sign. The Magnet, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK4 1HJ.

Renovated and revitalised pub which now had a large emphasis on real ale. Up to 14 handpumps in use (10 in left hand bar and 4 in the right) with a varied selection of local and not so local ales. Home of the Watts Brewing? Co. in the basement.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 76 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SK4 1HJ