Cheshire’s secret places to eat
Cheshire is not just one of the best places to live; it’s also a great place to eat. From famous ice cream makers to farm shops, renowned restaurants to traditional cafes, Cheshire caters for all tastes and budgets. Discovering them is part of the adventure.
Cheshire, lies to the south of Manchester and encompasses the towns of Warrington, Chester, Nantwich, Macclesfield and Knutsford. With a population of just over one million, it is one of the most sought-after places to live in the North West.
And no wonder. With stunning countryside, great shops, independent boutiques, and the odd famous football club on your doorstep, there’s something for everyone in Cheshire. You’re never too far away from good food and quality local produce either.
Visit Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village and you’ll find a selection of well-known eateries. Go that extra mile off the motorway and you’ll discover a more unique foodie experience.
Things to do and eat in Cheshire
Whether you are exploring Cheshire with a view to moving into a new build property in Ellesmere Port, Chester or Warrington, J One Seven in Sandbach, or Silk Waters Green in Macclesfield or College Gardens in Ellesmere Port, why not discover the best-kept secrets of where to eat in Cheshire.
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Visit Mosely Hall Farm and you’ll discover the Mitchell family busily producing top quality produce. Their passion for local food really shows in everything they do. The Lambing Shed with its onsite butchery, deli, shop and café can be found just off the M6.
What started as a small café in a vintage furniture shop has
grown into a delightfully quirky tearoom. You’ll find this gem in The Old Bank in the centre of Helsby. Speciality teas, coffee, home-baked cakes, and savouries are all available – along with the odd mid-century sideboard.
For those looking for meat produced as it used to be, then a visit to Red Bank Farm is a must. This established farm only uses traditional methods, and all their produce is prepared on the premises. As well a well-stocked shop, there’s also a café to enjoy a tea or coffee with a peanut butter flapjack. The homemade pork pies come highly recommended too.
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The Ice Cream Farm is a family friendly venue located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. From Honeycomb Canyon to Strawberry Falls, there are plenty of things to keep your kids occupied – as well as enjoying the award-winning ice cream, of course
Situated on the edge of the Manchester Ship canal, you can’t get much closer to Cheshire’s industrial heritage. At The Galley, you can tuck into good honest home-made food – from a proper full English to a more refined afternoon tea. This popular Ellesmere Port restaurant offers quality food at decent prices.
With its Crystal Palace inspired façade, Arighi Bianchi’s furniture store has been part of the fabric of Macclesfield for over 150 years. It also serves legendary food in its café, with famous Sunday lunches and arguably the best coffee in town.
Cheshire and ice cream farms go together like rum and raisin. And you’ll struggle to find more acclaimed ice cream maker than Snugburys. If exceptional ice cream isn’t enough for you, check out their landmark giant straw sculptures – they’re incredible too.
Celebrating 80 years of business in Northwich, Davenports is an idiosyncratic, award-winning tea room. So why not go back in time for an hour or so and enjoy a quintessentially english afternoon tea. Look out for themed events such as a Victorian Christmas and the odd Mad Hatters Tea Party.
Cheshire has more than its fair share of fine country houses, where the rich and famous once – or still do – reside. Many are used for filming period dramas. Arley Hall has recently featured in Peaky Blinders. And you’ll find some impressive culinary productions here too. Every day The Gardener’s Kitchen at Arley serves delicious ‘made from scratch’ dishes using ingredients from their own garden, and inspired by recipes from the 18th century.