Cheshire Prince of Wales pub where Charles once pulled a pint reopens under new ownership


A Cheshire pub has reopened with a new owner at the helm and the promise the venue will get “a breath of fresh air”. The Prince of Wales in Congleton, where Prince Charles once enjoyed a pint in his eponymous pub, has seen a number of tenants come and go in recent years.

Now new owner Jordan Oldfield aims to “invigorate” the premises by bringing music – including jazz and blues events – and street food to the venue. He previously ran the Oddfellows Arms in Nantwich.

It was 2018 when Prince Charles visited the pub and enjoyed a pint of Joule’s Old No.6 while visiting the area. He had even gone behind the bar to get his pint.

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The Joules Brewery-owned pub, which has several locations across the county, sells four of its own ales plus two guest pints – one often local and the other a cider. There is also a patio and garden behind the pub.

Pip Machin, of Joules Brewery, said: “Jordan are very excited to reinvigorate the pub and give it some life. With Covid this pub has had quite a few tenants recently so we are just looking to bring the best possible lifestyle to the pub.”

She added: “We’re all about real pubs. Real pubs done right. Everything from renovating the pub to salvaging the pub, we use craftsmen to rebuild them, so it’s really high quality.

“It’s really the same as our brewing. All of our beer is brewed just for our tap houses and obviously the Prince of Wales is the tap for Joules Brewery in Congleton.

Interior of the Prince of Wales Congleton pub
Interior of the Prince of Wales Congleton pub

“Jordan comes from a background of live music pubs with street food pop-ups. So I think he wants to try something very similar. He doesn’t want to mix it all up right away. He wants the locals are guiding him. He’s looking at a bit of investment in the garden, so he can set up a street food trailer there, and also a bit of a stage for live music.”

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