Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Vicarage - Cheshire

The Vicarage, Cheshire

Why it is great
The Vicarage, Cheshire is a refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed Country Pub & Hotel.

Located in a beautiful part of middle England this charming converted vicarage represents a “home-away-from-home” and your favourite country pub you never wanted to leave. 

The first thing that strikes you on entry is how warmly decorated the conversion is with some interesting artefacts on the walls of the restaurant and hotel for example a shrine to polo through to an interesting collection of violins.

The check-in is met with a warm welcome and then it is straight up to the sizable bedrooms.

Three words sum it up:  warm, welcoming & relaxing

The Food bit
Cheshire is an area of such riches that the chefs at Vicarage, under the watchful eye of Steven Tukes, are spoiled for choice – and this drives their ethos of a locally sourced menu with exciting, magical contemporary twists.

We were spoilt for choice with the menu but eventually managed to decide.  My fiancĂ© and I started the meal with a selection of breads, balsamic reduction, olive oil infused with garlic and freshly ground Dukkah.  Such a simple selection but it tasted amazing, there wasn’t a crumb left! 

For starters I opted for Tempura King Prawns with pineapple, chilli & coriander sauce and my fiancĂ© chose Confit duck; a crisp leg pickled broccoli, golden sultana slaw & sticky plums.  For mains I eventually decided upon Pork Belly; slow confit, pearl barley, braised pig’s cheek, pancetta, black pudding and glazed honey carrots.  David had steak & chips; a flat iron rump, rocket & balsamic dressing, confit tomato with parmesan & white truffe fries.

The whole meal was outstanding, the flavours delivered, the cooking was deft and the produce outstanding.

The breakfast featured fine local bacon and sausages, vivid yolk eggs and pastries that tasted so good we wanted to take them all home.

The service
The staff are attentive ensuring that your every need is met but more importantly discrete which allows for you relax away.

The Rooms
They have every comfort, from a beautiful bathroom full of every product you could need on an overnight stay, a selection of tea and coffee with delicious home-made cookies and a ginormous and comfortable bed.  It has an ambience where you could also be in your own home with lovely creature comforts enhancing your overall stay.

What’s Nearby
The Vicarage is positioned in a beautiful Cheshire setting.  5 minutes walk from the village of Holmes Chapel, on the A50 heading north. It is conveniently located for easy access to the North West and Manchester airport – just 1 mile from Holmes chapel train station, which has direct links to/from Crewe, Manchester and Manchester Airport

Holmes Chapel is an attractive village overlooking the Dane Valley, a picturesque region that is popular with walkers and cyclists. If you enjoy walking in the freshest air, you couldn’t be in a better place. 

The area is also home to the world-famous Jodrell Bank Science Centre, which houses the Lovell Radio Telescope, one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world complete with new Space Pavilion, Galaxy Garden, gift shop and cafe.

The cost
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast starts from £165; includes a 3 course dinner to the value of £25 per person (excluding drinks),a cracking freshly cooked breakfast, overnight accommodation, wifi and free parking.

Check out great deals here: The Vicarage Cheshire 

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