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Pavilion Gardens | St John's Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE
Call 01260 253245
Pavilion Gardens | St John's Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE

History

The moors and hills around here have been in use by humans for centuries. The land stands within the boundaries of the old Royal Macclesfield Forest, but even before that, the Celts built standing stones in the area and the Romans would use this route when trading between Chester & Buxton on a long lost road named ?The Street?. It?s not a wild guess by historians to suggest that a stop off point would have existed here for centuries, given it?s viewpoint, and an ideal resting place at the top of the climb.

The Cat & Fiddle was built in 1813 by Silk Merchant John Ryle meaning that the part of the building you are standing in now is over 200 years old.

The extension that houses our shop, the rooms to the side and the kitchens were all added later. William Robinson from Stockport bought the property in 1931 to sell his Unicorn Ales and the family have owned it ever since. They have been nice enough to let us lease it from them to house our whisky barrels.

The Cat & Fiddle is quite a famous location. For a long time it was known as the highest Pub in England standing at 1689 ft above sea level, but it lost its title to the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire. Though there is still some debate over the titles as Tan Hill is an Inn and The Cat and Fiddle is a Pub. So you could still call us the highest Pub in the UK on a technicality. But regardless of that it will now be known as the highest whiskey distillery in the United Kingdom – a crown that we will take from Dalwhinnie in a strange place called Scotland.

1920

C&F 1920s

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1950

C&F 1950s

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2010

Cat and Fiddle Snow 2010

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2021

C & F Now 2021

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