Attractive contemporary pub with thoughtfully furnished bar and dining rooms, a fine choice of drinks, rewarding food and seats outside
The good pub guide review
The grey-painted clapboard exterior of these converted stables conjures a simple but stylish modern feel that continues indoors, with brick walls, polished floorboards and exposed rafters. Although the carefully extended building was designed to be mainly open-plan, there are areas that feel cosy too. One room has a high apex ceiling, a woodburning stove fronted by sturdy red leather armchairs and lined on either side by large bookshelves. Other rooms have open fires, beams and timbering, antique-style dining chairs and cushioned settles around polished tables of many sizes and rugs on the floor. The walls are hung with hundreds of prints, paintings and photographs and throughout there are mirrors, house plants and elegant metal chandeliers. The Morris Dancer is a true village-centre pub and the heart of the local community; check the website for regular events. Friendly, efficient staff serve Phoenix Brunning & Price Original and Weetwood Eastgate plus guests such as Castle Rock Session IPA, Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Mobberley Road Runner, Severn Brewing Ruby Porter and Tatton Blonde on handpump, 20 wines by the glass plus monthly guest bottles, 20 malt whiskies and 150 gins; background music and board games. In front of the pub are picnic-sets among pretty flowerbeds with more on a back lawn by a play tractor. The sunny terrace has plenty of wooden chairs and tables under green parasols.
The good pub guide food review
Well executed food includes sandwiches, barbecue pulled pork croquettes, celeriac slaw and sour apple purée, red pepper, pea and mint falafels, local pork sausages with mash and onion gravy, game suet pudding, courgette, red pepper, aubergine and spinach Malaysian curry, lamb, leek and potato hash with fried egg and puddings such as hot waffle with caramelised bananas and banoffi ice-cream and warm cherry bakewell with cherry compote.
Morris Dancer, Chester Road, Kelsall, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0RZ
Pub Group: Brunning & Price