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1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle

Stone House Lane, PECKFORTON, Tarporley, CW6 9TN

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Peckforton is a manifestation in stone of how far the Victorians were prepared to go in the way of architectural nostalgia. This feudal castle complete with an array of ramparts and turrets was actually completed in 1851. It is now a luxury hotel and wedding venue, and while the temptation may have been to offer traditional English cooking to fit the surroundings, Mark Ellis has loftier ambitions. Officially, the cooking is moving in an even more contemporary direction than it was, though it may be difficult for the non-expert diner to spot the differences. There has been fresh, innovative energy in abundance here in recent years. A chicken starter has all sorts of things done to it, the wing compressed, the skin crunched, and comes with an egg yolk, along with the ritzier accoutrements of foie gras and truffle oil, the last mingling with the released yolk to make an instant sauce. Mallard liver is whipped up with ham and attended by wild legumes in horseradish snow. The origins, by no means all immediately local, of main-course principals are proudly stated in dishes that run from Cornish brill simmered at 44ēC in Pinot Noir, its bourguignon garnishes transformed into roasted grelots, smoked bacon emulsion and parsley gel, to loin and shoulder of Derbyshire venison with parsnips and loganberries. The desserts have postmodern brand-names such as Nevado, composed of variously tormented ingredients such as whipped white chocolate and torched banana, or the fascinating Taste of the Caribbean that comprises coconut parfait with rum jelly, lime sorbet and pineapple, (- a reimagined Piņa Colada in all but name -).

Further information

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

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Mark Ellis
Number of seats: 65
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 10
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Sunday lunch: £19.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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A49. At Beeston Castle pub right signed Peckforton Castle. Approx 2m, entrance on right
Nearest station: Chester, Crewe

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