Find this pub-style boutique hotel peacefully-set close to the youthful River Wheelock, and within easy striking distance of Crewe.
Although it still fills the needs of a village 'local' with a good selection of real ales from local micro breweries, it's already become a destination eaterie because of the quality of food on offer. The kitchen has built up a good network of top-quality local suppliers and uses these in the extensive menu that stretches from Sandwiches (offered between midday & 18.00) through various 'Deli Boards' - perhaps with local Cheeses or Seafood to a modern gastro-pub-style menu.
A summer version included 'Baked Field Mushroom with Blacksticks Blue Cheese, Rocket & Balsamic Syrup'; 'Pan Seared Scallops with Cheshire Apple Purée, Crispy Pancetta & Mustard Butter'; 'Rillettes of Goosnargh Duck with Fine Bean & Truffle Salad & Tomato Chutney' and 'Sizzling King Prawns Pil Pil-style with Garlic Bread' among the starters.
'Puff Pastry Tartlet Filled with Red Onion Marmalade, Roasted Red Peppers & Goats' Cheese with Rocket Salad'; 'Crispy Pork Belly with Creamed Leeks & Fondant Potato'; 'Pan-Fried Goosnargh Chicken with New Potatoes, Chorizo, Gem Lettuce & Broad Beans' and 'Red Gurnard with Tomato & Olives & Parsley New Potato Cake' listed among the mains.
If you just fancy pud, or still have room, you might be tempted by 'Banoffi Cheesecake with Honeycomb Ice Cream'; 'Hot Chocolate Fondant with Ferrero Roche Ice Cream' or 'Eton Mess, Cream, Meringue & Berries'. While those with a more savoury tooth should be tempted by their selection of Artisan Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-21.30; mains about £12 to £27 - plus lighter snacks
- Dinner: all week 12.00-21.30; mains around the £12 to £27 mark
- Seats: 130
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, kicking off at around £18
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Sandbach or Winsford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available