Carefully renovated village pub with attractive open-plan rooms, a thoughtful choice of drinks and food served by well-trained staff, with seats on large terrace
The good pub guide review
Lovingly restored and extended a couple of years back, this handsome pub is at the heart of a picturesque Cheshire village, set between two meres and dotted with black and white buildings. There are two open-plan dining areas plus a large, light-filled restaurant and a long bar made from reclaimed school chemistry lab counters ' it's all gently civilised, informal and chatty. Cushioned wooden dining chairs, leather-topped stools, suede wall seating and long, button-back benches are grouped around nice old tables on colourful rugs, polished floorboards or tiles, walls are hung with black and white photos and interesting prints, 2,000 books line shelves and house plants sit on windowsills. Woodburning stoves keep everything warm and board games fuel conversation. Friendly, helpful staff serve Beartown Ursa Minor, Portland Stout, Stonehouse Station Bitter and Weetwood Southern Cross on handpump and there are a dozen good wines by the glass plus wine on tap that they import from France. Outside, good quality chairs, benches and tables fill a largeish terrace.
The good pub guide food review
The enterprising modern menu changes daily and, alongside sandwiches, might include mussels with cider, pancetta and samphire, garden courgette and spring onion soup with home-made ricotta, Loch Duart salmon niçoise salad, beer-battered haddock with chips and mushy peas and leek, chestnut mushroom and cheshire cheese pot pie with braised red cabbage, and puddings such as chocolate, black cherry and ale cake with black cherry sorbet and summer fruit and elderflower pudding with elderflower ice-cream.