Cheshire news The cocktail named after one of Cheshire's smallest, most unassuming hamlets PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The population of Sproston Green could fit into Manchester venue Gorilla twice over - but the village is remembered the world over
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The bass pumps heavy through a busy club built into a brick railway arch in central Manchester. Lights pivot ‘round from the stage to the crowd, tracing the outlines of bodies moving in staccato jolts. One of the outlines makes its way to the bar, leans over it and orders a ‘Sproston Green’ in a loud voice that travels just a few feet before being swallowed by the pounding waves of bass. The barman hands over a tall highball glass filled with vodka and French liqueur, garnished with lime, apple and cucumber - the latest tribute to one of England’s smallest villages. The population of Sproston Green, twenty miles away in rural Cheshire, could fit into this nightclub twice over. Here, there are no shops, no churches, never mind a club. The local pub nestles between dairy farms and a few houses - a flickering sideshow on an arterial route that has cars beating from Middlewich to the motorway. The story of how one of Cheshire’s most unassuming villages ended up as the muse of a Manchester mixologist at bar and music venue Gorilla is one thirty years in the making. READ MORE: Chester is the most beautiful city in the world, according to science In 1991, Northwich band The Charlatans named a single after the village, and to this day fans gather all over the world to sing about the tiny Cheshire hamlet. Megan is the restaurant manager at Gorilla Manchester, and ‘Sproston Green’ is her favourite cocktail from Gorilla’s menu, which features such liquid hits as ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’, ‘Comfortably Rum’ and ‘WAP (What? A Pornstar?)’. “It was named for the Charlatans,” she says. “We’re a music venue, and we’ve got quite a lot of cocktails that are specials and are named after songs - We’ve got some Blossoms ones, we’ve got ‘Every Thug Needs a Lady’, ‘Every 1’s a Winner’.
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.” Last year, The Charlatans played Sproston Green - always the final song the band plays - in this very venue. The gig was free to NHS workers at the 500-capacity venue under Manchester Oxford Road station. In September, CheshireLive spoke to residents of Sproston Green to mark the song's 30th anniversary, and found that they had little idea of their hamlet's worldwide fame. Alan Hartopp moved to Sproston from London twenty-three years ago, and for seventeen of those years was clerk of the parish council. He is baffled by the village’s fame, and was surprised to hear that people the world over know the name ‘Sproston Green’.
Crowds line up outside Gorilla, Manchester (Image: Manchester Evening News) “Well I can honestly say I don’t know why; I’ve not seen anyone in Sproston do anything other than farming," Alan said. Mark Stocks, councillor for the Shakerely ward that includes Sproston, was equally baffled. “It’s quite remarkable really, it’s a tiny Cheshire hamlet," he said. "I think there are only just over 200 people who live there, it’s very rural, so It’s quite impressive that it’s so well known. Quite honestly I didn’t realise it was, I’ve never bought a Charlatans record.” NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here READ NEXT: Single Chester mum and son with cerebral palsy struggling to cope in unsuitable home How Crewe footfall has gone up 36% despite half of town centre lying in ruins Warrington council faces possible £18m loss over failed Together Energy investment Cheshire dad battered colleague with hammer over message sent by partner Community in shock as three children fight for their lives in hospital after pub fire
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