Sizeable pub with a fine choice of beers, wines, gins and whiskies, courteous staff serving enjoyable food and large back garden
The good pub guide review
Set back from the road, down a long drive surrounded by lawns and pleasant country views, this sprawling former country pile features a mix of cosy nooks and large, airy rooms. The spacious main bar is reached via stairs from the entrance: sturdy central pillars divide the room into smaller areas with high stools and tables in the middle, dark wooden tables and chairs to each side and deep leather armchairs and fender seats next to the large fireplace. This leads into a long, carpeted dining room with two rows of painted iron supports, hefty leather and wood chairs around highly polished tables and a raised fire pit; doors from here lead out to a terrace. Two additional dining rooms are similarly furnished, one with an elegant chandelier hanging from a fine moulded ceiling. Throughout there are photographs, prints and pictures covering the walls, big plants, stone bottles and shelves of books; background music and board games. Friendly, cheerful staff serve a fantastic range of drinks that includes Phoenix Brunning & Price Original plus guests such as Brightside Amarillo, Conwy West Coast Pale Ale, Cwrw Ial Limestone Cowboy, Hopback Crop Circle, Lancaster Black and Red and Oakham Inferno on handpump, 21 wines by the glass, 123 malt whiskies, more than 100 gins and ten farm ciders. At the back of the building there are terraces with good quality wooden chairs and tables under parasols, and steps down to picnic-sets around a fountain. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Well presented food includes sandwiches and 'light bites', smoked salmon with orange and beetroot salad and horseradish cream, chipolatas with honey and mustard, grilled sea bass fillets with potato and shallot terrine and chervil and lemon cream sauce, pork sausages with mash, buttered greens and onion gravy, pea and mint tortellini, crispy buttermilk chicken burger with bacon, garlic mayonnaise and fries, and puddings such as lemon meringue roulade with raspberry sorbet and chocolate and orange steamed sponge with white chocolate custard.
Red Fox, Liverpool Road, Thornton Hough, Wirral, Merseyside, CH64 7TL
(0151) 353 2920
Pub Group: Brunning & Price