Although still a local, selling real ales, Aiden Byrne straight from The Grill at London's Dorchester Hotel, has transformed this into a gastro pub of a high order.
The genteel menu lists the likes of 'Terrine of Confit Duck with Shallot Chutney'; 'Pan-Fried Scallops with Pork Belly & Onions'; 'Warm Salad of Ham Hock with Watercress, Capers, Mustard & Sour Dough' and 'Beetroot-Cured Salmon with Avocado Mousse' among the starters.
'Steamed Line-Caught Sea Bass with Lemon, Sage Risotto & Morecambe Bay Shrimp'; 'Cutlet & Breast of Herdwick Lamb, with Confit Garlic & Fennel Purée'; 'Roast Cornfed Goosnargh Chicken with Pea Lasagne & Foie Gras Butter Sauce'; 'Lamb Stew with Confit Garlic, Rosemary Dumplings & Pickled Red Cabbage' and 'Braised Veal Breast & Lobster Tail with Caramelised Apple Purée' listed among the mains.
Desserts maintain the high standard with perhaps 'Pear & Chocolate Trifle'; 'Warm Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Ice Cream'; 'Crème Brulée' and the like on offer.
Sunday brings traditional roasts, fish & chips and a return to pub-like food.
No children after 22.00.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 10.00, Sun 20.00); mains about £10 to £34; set L Sun £14
- Dinner: all week 12.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 10.00, Sun 20.00); mains about £10 to £34; Tasting Menu £60 (5 courses)
- Seats: 80, plus about 80 outside
- Wine: an interesting and well-chosen list kicks off at around the £18 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Altrincham or Birchwood Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun
- Outside eating