Dating from the 18th century, this former farmhouse with a large garden is steeped in history. It enjoys a picturesque site opposite the oldest half-timbered church still in use in Europe. Inside, many period details make for a comfortable atmosphere. Pull up a leather armchair or flop among cushions on the sofa by the roaring fire in the traditional bar, and choose from the good selection of Cheshire ales. There’s something for everyone on the crowd-pleasing menu, all freshly made on the premises. Lunchtime favourites include curry of the day; wraps such as Cajun chicken with lettuce, citrus mayonnaise and sweet chilli; and baguettes. Evening choices could kick off with Portobello mushroom stuffed with goats’ cheese accompanied by toasted pine nuts, spinach and red onion marmalade. Follow perhaps with Capesthorne pheasant and game hotpot with braised red cabbage. Alternatively look to the chef’s specials list for dishes full of freshly delivered seasonal and local produce.
Open all year
Days closed: Monday lunch (excluding bank holidays)
Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Friday to Sunday 12-11)
Lunch opening: Tuesday to Friday 12-2.30, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-8
Dinner opening: Tuesday to Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-8. No food available 25-26 December
Food and drink
Real ales: Theakston, Black Bull Bitter, Courage Directors, 2 rotating guest ales