Find this popular foodie pub set in delightful gardens and overlooking a small lake.
Although a building has been on this site since the 13th century - wattle & daub walls plus a 16th century inglenook fireplace are still in evidence - most of the present structure dates from the 19th century when it was a dower house to the Cunliffe family, who lived in Acton Hall nearby.
The building has been carefully restored, and belongs to an expanding local pub group - but the evidence of being part of a chain is refreshingly absent.
There is still a real country house feel to the building and on the food front, you can eat in one of their many interlinking rooms or in the airy conservatory.
They offer interesting sandwiches, plus various Ploughman's Platters. If you'd like to eat more seriously, the à la carte menu sticks to traditions, in the main, so don't expect cutting edge experimentation. A Spring menu listed 'Carrot & Coriander Soup'; 'Seabass Tempura with Avocado Salsa'; 'Trout & Brown Shrimp Rillette with Cucumber Pickle & Melba Toast' and 'Fennel, Goats Cheese & Chili Risotto with Parmesan Shavings & Salsa Verde' among the starters.
'Macaroni, Spinach & Mushroom Cheese with Herb Crumb Topping & Crusty Bread'; 'Battered Haddock with Mushy Peas & Hand-Cut Chips'; 'Steak Burger Topped with Bacon & Cheddar' and 'Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Parsnip Mash, Rosemary & Redcurrant Sauce' listed among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth, might be tempted by Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownie with Chocolate Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Bread & Butter Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream & Apricot Compote' or 'Banoffee Cheesecake with Berry Compote'.
Service is both friendly and professional, but it's perhaps not the best place to come if you have mobile children.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains about £19 to £25; Sunday Roasts about £15
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains about £19 to £25
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: The pub is perhaps not suitable for young children
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Gwersyllt or Wrexham General Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
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Thu 17th January 2013 by Peter Grant
What did you like about the Restaurant?
Firstly-a well constructed menu offering a wide variety of dishes with substantial vegetarian options. The food was excellent and I intend to revisit in the near future as well as strongly recommending the reataurant to my friends
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