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1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle

Stone House Lane, PECKFORTON, Tarporley, CW6 9TN

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It's not estate agent's blag: Peckforton really has got what it takes to call itself a castle. Admittedly it was built in the Victorian-era in the gothic, mock-medieval style, so it has never had to rebuff an onslaught from an invading army, but it looks great. It stands surrounded by lush Cheshire countryside and is a big hit on the wedding scene. The 1851 Restaurant is named after the year the house was constructed and is an opulent room with a deep-pile carpet, thick napery, highly polished glassware and sparkling silverware. Head chef Mark Ellis makes excellent use of the county's produce, serving up dishes that can be creative and thrillingly contemporary, or comforting in their simplicity. In both cases, the quality of the ingredients shines out. If you're in the mood for something straight-up, check out the locally-sourced Angus steaks cooked over charcoal in the Bertha over (rib-eye, perhaps, or surf 'n' turf with langoustine or scallops joining the party). A first-course of wild duck tenderloin shows technical accomplishment, with the bird served with its poached liver and skin as a 'crumble', plus the flavours of tangerine and gingerbread, as does another starter where sea trout is marinated in treacle for 24 hours, partnered with cockles, pistachios and a hint of liquorice. Main-course fillet of Estate venison doesn't want for va-va-voom either, with accompanying pickled cabbage and young parsnips. For dessert, 'Hive' is a honey-laden enriched with smooth cream cheese, ginger biscuit, Cheshire honeycomb and lemon, and 'Almond' is a dish with frangipane, forced winter rhubarb and Amaretto cream, while the cheese selection is a regional bunch kept in tip-top condition.

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Tel: 01829 260930
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British, French
Chef: Mark Ellis
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 10
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle, Peckforton


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15m from Chester, situated near Tarporley
Nearest station: Chester, Crewe

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