Saving The Pavilion
“Stock” at the Pavilion is run by Lisa Whitehurst who opened the business in 2010. At that time locals needed a reminder about the mainly forgotten hidden treasure nestled away in beautiful Congleton Park. Lisa had grown up in the area and fallen in love with the building at a very young age and had vowed to bring it back to life, she wanted to give it the heart and soul and the visitors it deserved. Lisa and her team have spent the last few years building a successful bar/cafe that all locals and anyone lucky enough to visit Congleton now cherish.
When you see the Pavilion you will see its beauty and immediately you step inside the door you will feel at home, its eclectic feel and history will draw you in. You will soon find yourself relaxing on one of the comfy sofa’s or enjoying a roast at one of the tables. Either way your guaranteed a very enjoyable experience. The menu at “Stock” is receiving rave reviews and that’s thanks to the chef Bradley Armitt who has taken the food side of the business to another level. Lisa has definitely brought the Pavilion back to life and now the locals of Congleton can come and enjoy a piece of History that sits right in the heart of their town. Read all about the history of the Pavilion below and come and see us – you will fall in love with it too!
History of The Pavilion
Congleton Park was opened to the public on 29 May 1871 by the mayor, Dr Robert Beales JP. Before the opening a new approach, Park Road, and a cast-iron bridge over the River Dane had been constructed to provide access from the centre of the town to the park.
In 1871 the park included a bowling green and facilities for boating on the river, cricket, and croquet. Late C19 additions to the park included a landing stage with stone shelter (Head 1887), a pavilion to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, and a bowling pavilion (OS 1897). By 1909 (OS) a second footbridge and access, adjacent to St Stephen’s church, had been added. In 1953 an ornamental garden was created to the east of the Jubilee Pavilion, to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
For more information on beautiful Congleton Park and the Pavilion check out www.historicengland.org.uk