Warm-hearted pub with some unusual artefacts and an excellent range of drinks (especially real ales); big garden
The good pub guide review
Licensee Simon George has such an encyclopaedic knowledge of beer that this comfortable red-brick pub has become a place of pilgrimage for connoisseurs of Britain's brewing scene ' and he's a dab hand at cooking up a curry too. There are around 11 constantly changing real ales from all over the country, sourced and kept with love, among them the new brews from Salopian, Thornbridge and Red Willow, plus three interesting keg lagers. You'll also find dozens of unusual bottled beers, ciders, perries and farm cider, 140 different whiskies, 100 gins, 20 vodkas, 22 rums, carefully selected soft drinks and a dozen wines by the glass from a good list. The pub name commemorates the 1826 siege of Bhurtpore (a town in India) during which local landowner Sir Stapleton Cotton (later Viscount Combermere) was commander-in-chief. The connection with India also explains some of the quirky artefacts in the carpeted lounge bar ' look out for the sunglasses-wearing turbanned figure behind the counter. There are also good local period photographs and some attractive furniture in the comfortable public bar; board games, pool, TV and games machine. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Locally sourced food includes lunchtime sandwiches and light meals, spicy lamb samosas, potato skins with bacon and cheese, beef lasagne with garlic bread, cod in beer batter, gammon with egg and breaded cheese and leek cakes and classic curries, plus puddings such as meringue roll with cream and raspberry filling and ginger pudding with toffee sauce.
Bhurtpore, Wrenbury Road, Aston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8DQ
Weekdays: 12-11.30 Mon-Thurs; 12-midnight Fri