From rustic locals with comforting food and the perfect pint to stylish places to spend an afternoon, or night, Cheshire has a tempting choice of countryside pubs
The Yew Tree
The Yew Tree Inn, Bunbury
What type of pub is it?
There is a reason The Yew Tree Inn has won a enviable amount of awards including The Good Pub Guide’s Cheshire Dining Pub of 2014 and Visit England’s Tourism Pub of the Year in 2013. Following an expertly done refurbishment, this fabulous village pub is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. Character and history – it was built in the 19th century by The Earl of Crewe – mix well with a quirky, modern interior. With summer on the horizon, diners can take advantage of the terrace to enjoy those light evenings.
Fresh and locally sourced are at the heart of this menu, which changes every eight weeks. Much of the inn’s beef, lamb, pork and seasonal vegetables come from the Broster family farm in nearby Bunbury Heath with many other foods having low food miles. Expect dishes crispy belly pork, fish pie and spiced butternut squash tagines. They also take their beer seriously and you will find a good range of craft beers, lagers, stouts and porters.
What can I do nearby?
Work up an appetite with a walk at Beeston Castle, near Tarporley, experience the workings of one of the region’s last remaining watermills that has been corn milling since 1290 or watch the narrow boats go by at Bunbury Staircase Locks, just north of the village.
How do I get in touch?
The Badger Inn, Church Minshull
This fine oak beamed pub, once called The Brook Arms after the local lord of the manor, dates back to the 18th century. Once a regular place to see bare knuckle fighting, The Badger offers rather more quaint surroundings and pursuits these days.
Dishes include an 18 hour slow-cooked blade of beef, smoked haddock kedgeree and spiced vegetable braise. As well as golden syrup braised ham hock, a selection of sandwiches and delicious sharing platters. Vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners are also well catered for.
What can I do nearby?
Church Minshull offers everything you would want from a rural idyll. The conservation area has black and white timbered Tudor houses to look at as well a several walks in the surrounding countryside. Have a wander near the River Weaver, take in a section of the Weaver Way Walk or take a circuit from the Aqueduct Marina taking in Minshull Lock, the Darnhall Radio Telescope and through the village where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture of St Bartholomew’s Church, built in the 1700s.
Pant yr Ochain, Gresford
There is history abound in this pretty manor house turned pub. The current structure, dating back to the 1530s, was built the Cunliffe family, whose wealth was built on the slave trade operating out of Liverpool. There are lots of things to look at in this lovely venue, now owned by a farming family, including the original Tudor wattle and daub timbers. The Pant also has beautiful gardens as well as views across a lake and hills.
The menu here changes regularly with a vast choice of dishes including pan fried baby squid, king prawn and chorizo salad, puy lentil and aubergine no meat meatballs and chargrilled harissa marinated halloumi.
Follow one of the walking routes around nearby Gresford Quarry or Nant Mill in Coedpoeth, explore National Trust property Erddig House in Wrexham or if you want something more energetic you can go mountain biking in Llandegla Forest. Children will also love the miniature railway located in the pub’s car park.
The award-winning country pub dates back to 1650. Traditional, cosy and elegant décor on the inside is a great combination with the spectacular, panoramic views that can be enjoyed outside. It’s popular with everyone from walkers and local farmers to wedding parties and other social occasions. It is a Michelin Good Pub venue and the recipient of an AA Rosette.
What is on the menu?
The large menu features mains of green herb and spring vegetable pappardelle, Gressingham duck breast and glazed blade of beef as well as pub classics of beer battered haddock with chips and mushy peas and a 10oz steak burger. There is also a celebration of local produce with food sources from many places including Tarporley, Malpas, Burland and Tattenhall
If you can drag yourself away from the views there are plenty of local walks to try, as well as golf, angling and shooting.
The Plough Inn, Whitegate
This traditional country inn dates back to 1869 and was previously a beer house. There is a lovely beer garden too bursting with colour that is ideal to enjoy on a sunny day.
Traditional pub meals are at the heart of The Plough Inn menu including whole-tail jumbo scampi, lamb’s liver and bacon and sausage and message. Those with a sweet tooth will love the extensive dessert menu. The Robinsons pub is also cask marque accredited.
The Whitegate Way, which has walking, cycling and horse riding tracks, is a six mile route that leads near to Delamere Forest and has some fantastic views
How do I get in touch?
The Plough Inn, Beauty Bank, Whitegate, CW8 2BP, 55, www.ploughwhitegate.com
The Bells of Peover, near Knutsford
This historic country pub is a Cheshire mainstay. It dates back to 1839 when it was named the Warren de Tabley Arms – take a look at the front wall and you can still see the Tabley family crest. You’ll spot an American flag alongside the British one. This is because Generals Eisenhower and Patton also made plans for the D-Day invasion over lunch here in 1944 when American soldiers were billeted at nearby Peover Hall.
Today, this stylish dining pub serves up excellent food in beautiful surroundings. It is surrounded by lovely countryside and the pub has nice gardens and patio areas.