The 10 best pubs in Cheshire right now


Cheshire is fortunate to have so many excellent spirits – some modern while others ooze a rich history.

The TripAdvisor travel site has revealed the 10 best pubs in the county.

From traditional rural watering holes to trendy downtown bars, the list includes locals from all corners of Cheshire.

10. The Lodge, Northwich

The Lodge at Northwich is a bustling large pub and restaurant, the jewel in its crown being the 10ft outdoor TV screen, making the pub a favorite with football fans and regulars alike.

Paul and Cassie Holmes have run the pub for five years, with three generations of their family also working there, including their children and one of their grandchildren.

“We have taken this place beyond the last 5 years that my wife and I have had this place,” said owner Paul Holmes. “The staff are not staff, they are our family. Our leaders are our family. We have very loyal customers, one guy has been coming here for 30 years. We did one thing where we calculated how much people spent, and we calculated that he had spent almost a quarter of a million pounds. He lives two seconds across from a pub in Weaverham, but he asks his wife to drive him here every night.

“We have a huge menu, wheelchair access, 10 TVs, one of which is a ten foot TV, and yes, I said 10 feet. We have a very good gluten and allergy free menu. We cater for all allergies, we also serve gluten-free and alcohol-free drinks. I know we are a pub but we welcome everyone. “

9. Market tavern, Sandbach

Dating back to 1680, this former coaching inn is now a lively pub in the heart of downtown Sandbach.

License holder Kevin McAvan has been running the pub for ten years: “We’re open seven days a week and serve food seven days a week. That’s what you call ‘mid-range’ food, pub. We are a pub that makes food, not a restaurant that drinks.

The Market Tavern has a large, comfortable outdoor area with a terrace and sumptuously decorated with an array of different plants.

8. The Red Cow, Nantwich

Whitewashed with a twisted black wood frame, The Red Cow is every inch the traditional pub.

The large beer garden is home to free-range chickens and a number of aviaries, complete with love birds, cockatiels, and a rosella parrot, making them unusual but welcome drinking companions.

7. The corner house, Chester

The Corner House in Chester

The Character Cornerhouse may look old, but the construction is a late 19th century faux Tudor construction.

Sophie Roberts attributes the popularity of the pub to the fact that it is run by people with rich experience sitting across the bar: “First and foremost, I think we are among the best because it is. an independent establishment makes a great bar because we sat in so many people! ”

“We decided to create a place we would like to go for ourselves and we got there. A place where you could have a drink, watch fantastic food go by, order some and stay for five hours. A place where you can have a cheese platter at 9 o’clock in the evening, my personal dream. A place with an open fire in winter, comfortable seats and board games. A total sun trap in the summer where you can sit and watch the world go by.

6. Town Tavern, Chester

The Town Tavern in Chester
The Town Tavern in Chester

The City Tavern on Frodsham Street is in the heart of Chester. Guests can enjoy a pint and a meal under the vaulted cathedral-like ceilings punctuated with wooden beams in the 19th-century pub. Formerly named “The Temple”, rumors abound that the building was once a church. Toby Harrison is the assistant pub manager, and for the past three years:

“It’s been a pub since the 1980s, I don’t know if it was a church or not; it was formerly called The Temple. A lot of people say it was a church at one time, but I never looked at it myself.

The pub serves a wide range of food and drink, as Toby explains: “We serve a lot of food, we get a lot of great reviews on our food. Our fish and chips are a big seller; and we get real beers with a lot of variety. They always go down well.

When asked why the pub was among the top ten in the county, Toby’s response was simple: “This is the service we provide; it has always marked us.

5. The Deva, Chester tap

Deva Tap staff call their customers “Taplings” and offer their loyal customers varied specialties on weekends, a wide variety of beers, a pizza night on Wednesdays with 50% off pizza, as well as a beer and a burger for £ 10.95 on Tuesday.

The Newtown Pub, located near Chester Station, will host a German-style “Oktoberfest” from October 1-3.

4. The Old Broken Cross, Northwich

A Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice winner, The Old Broken Cross sits along the Trent and Mersey Canal, on the edge of Northwich.

It has three beer gardens, one of which is located directly on the canal. Guests can enjoy a Sunday pint or roast while watching the barges meander.

3. The Boar’s Head, Nantwich

The Boar's Head on London Road in Walgherton near Nantwich
The Boar’s Head on London Road in Walgherton near Nantwich

The Boars Head near Nantwich is a country pub with a difference. Now owned by the Paragon group, the focus is on gastronomy. Matt Masolo, the general manager of the establishment, explained the reasons why the pub stands out:

“It’s the food, and also the way it’s delivered by the staff that we have, it’s a tight-knit group of people, there’s a family atmosphere.

The setting also plays a big role, something which has been enhanced by new additions to the pub, including the popular new tipi, which can be hired for functions.

“It’s a pretty rural setting. We have a pretty unique dining experience in the tipi … As soon as the customer walks in the door, it’s a memorable experience.

The Boars Head has been completely modernized, but this is not the first radical change in its history: “Before, it was a pub, it was a kind of mill I think, but I would have to look at it. It certainly had some sort of agricultural use.

For Matt, the success of pubs is about their customers: “Ultimately our mission is to bring joy to our customers through fantastic food and drink, great service and passionate people. “

2. Brewery and Kitchen, Chester

Chester Brewery and Kitchen

Brewhouse and Kitchen, as the name suggests, has its own on-site brewery. The brewery produces its own unique beers which are served on site and sold on tap for patrons to enjoy at home.

Michael Lynch, managing director, took over the site in May. The establishment has since experienced a meteoric rise in popularity.

“We took it from over 100th on TripAdvisor to 9th. We were named 9th best in the UK. This is one hundred percent due to the team, at the front and back of the house.

The pub’s most unusual feature is that all the beer is made on site by Joe, the house brewer:

“My brewer Joe, he works very hard. He’s always trying something new. We have four fermenters here on site. Joe hosts brewing days on Fridays and Saturdays with guests; they help him and spend the whole day brewing with Joe.

“He makes 4 beers on tap; an IPA, a better bitter, a golden ale and a seasonal beer that changes all the time. As for the kes, we brew our own stout, a cask version of the IPA, an APA, our tropical IPA, it’s a winner. They are also all available in 5 liter mini drums. He is there five days a week to brew.

1. Lord Combermere, Audlem

Lord Combermere in Audlem

The only village pub on this list, The Lord Combermere, takes first place, which surprises Alan Brown, who has run the pub with his wife Jo for 12 years:

“It’s weird isn’t it! Right now we’re number one in Cheshire which is lovely. Our fish and chips are also ranked among the best in Cheshire.

The pub is an integral part of the tight-knit community of Audlem, and the staff opened the pub to help the community during the crisis: “During the first lockdown the village was very poor in fruits and vegetables, so we opened a walked into our food court to help support the community.

Once inside the historic pub, guests can enjoy a CAMRA Good Beer Guide-approved pint and a full menu of homemade gluten-free dishes. Images of the pub throughout its history line the walls of the bar, showing the dramatic changes the establishment has undergone over the past three centuries.


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