Wrenbury Road, ASTON, Nantwich, CW5 8DQ
A pub since at least 1778, when it was called the Queen's Head. It subsequently became the Red Lion, but it was Lord Combermere's success at the Siege of Bhurtpore in India in 1826 that inspired the name that has stuck. Simon and Nicky George came across it in 1991, boarded-up and stripped out. Simon is a direct descendant of Joyce George, who leased the pub from the Combermere Estate in 1849, so was motivated by his family history to take on the hard work of restoring the interior. Since then, 'award-winning' hardly does justice to the accolades heaped upon this hostelry. In the bar, 11 ever-changing real ales are always available, mostly from local microbreweries, as are real ciders, continental draught lagers and around 150 of the world's bottled beers. An annual beer festival, reputedly Cheshire's largest, is in its 19th year, with around 130 real ales. The pub has also been shortlisted many times for the 'National Whisky Pub of the Year' award, and there is a long soft drinks menu. Recognition extends to the kitchen too, where unfussy dishes of classic pub fare are prepared. Among the hearty British ingredients you'll find seasonal game, such as pigeon breast on roasted field mushrooms, red wine and bacon sauce; or three bird game roast. Curries and balti dishes are always on the blackboard. Vintage vehicles bring their owners here on the first Thursday of the month, and folk musicians play on the third Tuesday.
Tel: 01270 780917
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Salopian Golden Thread, Abbeydale Absolution, Weetwood Oast-House Gold, Hobsons Twisted Spire, Hobsons Mild, Acorn Yorkshire Pride, Merlins Gold
12-2.30 6.30-11.30 (Fri-Sat 12-12 Sun 12-11)
25-26 Dec, 1 Jan
Coach parties catered.