The Spring Gardens, Fool Hardy Ales Tap House, Marple Bridge, opened March 2016. Martin and Samantha Wood Owner/Managers are very proud to welcome you to their second public house. Fool Hardy Ales, The Hope's own 'in house' micro-brewery produces very distinctive cask and bottled ales.


Fool Hardy Ales was established in early 2013 by Martin & Samantha Wood,
brewing out of the basement of 'The Hope Inn' Public House, Stockport.

Both Martin & Sam have worked in & around the pub trade for many years, with Martin winning such accolades as Camra Pub of the Year 5 times, amongst other awards. In mid 2012 Martin decided it was the right stage in his career to buy his first pub. The time had come to accomplish for himself, what he has helped so many other pubs achieve.


With this said & done they set about searching for their ideal pub, a few were in contention during the early part of the search, but one pub always stood out head & shoulders above the rest, with its iconic looks & brewery history, The Hope Inn.


The ideology behind Fool Hardy Ales is simple, to produce excellent, saleable beer.  After selling hundred’s of varieties of cask ale over the years, Martin didn’t just want to emulate someone else’s beers, he wanted to produce quality, engaging beers in his own right.


During our first 12 months of trade we managed to gain many accolades & awards, we hope this is just the tip of the iceberg & strive for more in the coming years.


Our aim: to produce cracking beer that sells itself, enough said!

Opening Times:

Sun – Thur 12noon – 11pm

Fri– Sat 12noon – 11.30pm


The Spring Gardens, 89 Compstall Road, Marple Bridge, Stockport, Greater Manchester SK6 5HE

Contact Us:


Tel: 0161 6375950