Hartford is a lovely village with a lot to offer – Chime and Hart of Hartford are both busy spots for coffee and cake, brunch and they’re both open late as well and frequently have live music on. There is a lovely butchers, a Co Op, florists, Sainsbury’s and a fish van comes weekly. There’s also a hairdressers, 2 pubs, train station (half an hour direct to Liverpool). Trains to London go via Crewe. The River Weaver is also close for walks and bike rides.
Tarporley is a picturesque and popular Cheshire village with shops, restaurants, florists, butchers, hairdressers, chemists, petrol station and other general stores. Little Tap and Piste are recommended for food and Baile is a lovely home furnishings and gift shop perfect for a mooch.
Northwich has a new cinema complex and cafes and restaurants and has gone under a big re-
generation in recent years. The Anderton Boat Lift is worth a visit and there’s a lovely walk along the canal there.
There’s so much to see in Chester with the roman ruins, river cruises, restaurants, shops, races every year and open air shows at the Grosvenor theatre.
A quintessentially English spot – lots of TV filming takes place here as it’s so pretty. The local pub The George and the Dragon is nice.
We love Knutsford which is easily accessible by car or train – it has lots of shops, restaurants and cafes and also a popular artisan market every month. It gets very busy so don’t get there too late! The annual May Day event is a great day out as well.
We love our food! We would definitely recommend:
Altrincham market is at the heart of the re-invention of the town to make it ‘the’
modern market town. Weekends host the very popular themed weekend markets covering regional
food producers, vintage fashion and furniture, home house & garden and contemporary craft. (There’s also an excellent cinema very close by called the Everyman cinema.)
Define in Cuddington
Originally a small wine and cheese shop, they have expanded and now offer smaller tapas like dishes and bigger plates as well as various wine tasting evenings with live music.
The ambiance is lovely with candles and informal seating where you can share tables with others.
The Fishpool in Delamere
Perfect for a visit after a long walk at nearby Delamere Forest. The
Fishpool is a popular choice and offers traditional pub fare as well as pizzas done in the pizza oven, log fires and an open Kitchen. Usually need to book! (Pop to Abbeywood Gardens before or afterwards for a stroll around the beautiful gardens there although they’re closed on Fridays and Saturdays for weddings.)
Fox and Barrel in Cotebrook
The Fox and Barrel has very recently undergone an entire re-fit, it serves an excellent (very generous) Roast dinner but does get very busy!
Three Greyhounds in Allostock
Another of our firm favourites! There’s a lovely walk just right next door called Shakerley Mere.
Hollies Farm Shop, Tarporley and Stretton
Excellent farm shops selling fresh produce, meat and deli bits – the Tarporley one also has a champagne bar and both have restaurants serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening meals and a big gift barn and lifestyle shop at the Tarporley one.
Rode Hall Food Market
Takes place on the first Saturday every month in Scholar Green
Nantwich Show and International Cheese Festival
For cheese lovers and non-cheese lovers this is always a great day!
Riverside Organic, Whatcroft near Davenham
They do a lovely brunch and lunch here and sell organic fruit and vegetables in the farm shop. The home made soup is always delicious and changes daily. Stunning views on the hill looking down on Davenham Church. Outdoor play area for the kids as well and animals to feed.
There are several fantastic courses in Tarporley, Hartford, Mere and Sandiway.
The annual Royal Cheshire County Show is a county agricultural show held on two days in June each year near Knutsford.
RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is always very popular (tickets sell very fast).
Delamere Forest hosts live music concerts outdoors every year where you bring your own picnic and blankets to watch! Previous shows have included Tom Jones, Blondie and Paul Weller.
Bowlesworth Castle hosts Chris Evan’s event Carfest every year as well as horse riding championships.
Blakemere Craft Centre in Cuddington hosts a series of events annually including Family Days with rides etc and the very popular Gin and Fizzfest.
Oulton Park – the track days at Oulton Park are a great way to spend a day/weekend!
We are very spoilt to have some lovely walks right on our doorstep including;
- River Weaver – along to Whitegate/Northwich
- Whitegate Way
- Tatton Park
- Dunham Massey
- Carey Park
- Delamere Forest
Bit further afar
If you fancy a drive out at the weekend, we can definitely suggesting visiting Beeston and Peckforton Castles. The Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall is a fabulous day out. Nearby pubs for a nice meal afterwards include the Cholmondeley (prounounced Chumley!) Arms, the recently opened Inn at Huxley and the Pheasant Inn in Tattenhall which has amazing views across Cheshire!
If anyone has any other suggestions then please let us know! We will continue to add to the list as well 🙂
From Ian and Alex