Cheshire Dining Pub of the Year 2015

Attractive building with stylishly airy décor, an enterprising menu and good wines
At peak times especially, you’ll have to book a table in advance in this bustling place as the food is so popular. But this is no straightforward dining pub, and drinkers feel happily at home perched against the counter or on cushioned benches and settles enjoying a chat and a pint of Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Weetwood Eastgate and a couple of guests from brewers such as Black Sheep and Lancaster on handpump. They also have a good array of wines including about 20 by the glass. A big log fire dominates the bar while a larger uncluttered beamed dining area has attractive rugs and an electric mix of period tables on polished floorboards, with extensive wall panelling hung with framed old prints. The terrace has plenty of smart tables and chairs, picnic-sets on grass and some nice old fruit trees.

Impressive food from a wide menu includes sandwiches, ham hock and Cheshire cheese terrine with piccalilli, scallops, crispy beef and hoisin dressing on Chinese salad, steak burger with mozzarella and chips, lamb rump with crispy breast and red pepper risotto.