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1851 Restaurant at Peckforton Castle

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Fine cooking in a grand hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Peckforton may look like a medieval castle, but the clue to its true vintage lies in the restaurant's name. Built straight out of the imagination of a wealthy Victorian gent, this mightily imposing building replete with turrets and crenellations still does justice to the lofty ambition of its originator. It’s 21st-century incarnation as a hotel and wedding venue features pampering treatments, events, luxe bedrooms and a host of outdoor activities on hand. The 1851 Restaurant has made the hotel a dining destination, too. The slick and stylish dining room matches the modern thinking in the kitchen, with its sparkling glassware and cutlery and a shimmering wall of wine bottles as you enter. Chef Jason Hodnett has a knack for coaxing out the max from flavours – in a starter of hand-dived scallops partnered with shellfish-packed ravioli and roast leek consommé or in a main course showcasing wood pigeon, the tender roast breast matched with a confit leg bonbon, beetroot in various colours and textures, sweetcorn granola and purée and the tart balancing note of blueberry. Another virtuoso workout of flavours and textures closes the show – English strawberries playing the lead role in parfait and consommé form, together with milk sorbet, lavender and sweet herbs.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Jason Hodnett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 15
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 10
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 160
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A49. At Beeston Castle pub take right signed Peckforton Castle. After approximately 2 miles, entrance on right.

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Chester, Crewe
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