The Ultimate Guide to Chester & Cheshire Autumn 2018

MarketingCheshire

Chester

&

Cheshire

Autumn

2018

The

Ultimate

Guide

Issue 05

SEPTEMBER —

DECEMBER

2018

Featuring:

Plus:

READY FOR OUR

CLOSE UP:

As Peaky Blinders

returns, how does

Cheshire look on

screen?

HOW HARD CAN

IT BE?

32 by The Hollies

on good food,

done well

NEVER TOO EARLY:

Our guide to a

fabulous and

festive Christmas

GET YOUR

SPOOK ON:

The best (scariest)

ways to spend

Halloween

Food, booze and unusual

news, full event listings and

more...


1

a Hotel,

Restaurant

& Bar

A boutique experience set in

the heart of Cheshire.

32 High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0DY

www.32bythehollies.co.uk | info@32bythehollies.co.uk

01829 738958


Do fame

and

fortune

beckon in

Cheshire

this

season?

IMAGES

ABOVE:

GHOST TOURS /

BELOW: THE

HOLLIES

Autumn is one of our favourite times of the year:

the golden light and the turning of the leaves giving

way to the all-out fun of Halloween. To help you

make the most of the season, we’ve put together

a guide to the best Halloween entertainment

(page 8) and, for those hardy souls among you, a

rundown of the best pubs and places to combine

ghost hunting with eating and drinking (page 10).

There’s a new restaurant at The Hollies to enjoy

(page 32), food and drink news (page

14) and, while we know it’s only

September, we’ve got ahead of

the game with our guide to a

Cheshire Christmas, which

includes panto (of course),

markets and a rather

brilliant take on The Wizard

of Oz (page 24).

Finally, you may be

wondering about our cover

star: a certain Cillian Murphy,

the lead in the hit drama, Peaky

Blinders. Well, with rumours

that the Peaky cast and crew may

descend on Cheshire once again – to

film the final in the series – we’ve taken a look at

Cheshire on screen (page 6). Enjoy the country

homes, countryside and even whole country

villages that have become celluloid stars – or just

dig into our full listings of what’s on in Chester,

Cheshire and beyond (page15).

Find out more about what’s on in Cheshire at:

visitcheshire.com

This guide has been put together by

Marketing Cheshire and was made possible

with the help of our editor, Susie Stubbs

and with the invaluable support, ideas and

reality checks of Marketing Cheshire’s

Leanne Eaton. Thanks also to our

interviewees and contributors, including

Sarah Bird, Nancy Davies, Mindy Cowap,

Andrew Moores and Rebecca Wainwright.

Designed in Cheshire by

Lemondrop Creative.

Printed by Stephens & George Ltd.

Supported by

Editorial and advertising:

Leanne Eaton

l.eaton@marketingcheshire.co.uk

Front Cover Image: Peaky Blinders

For more information visitcheshire.com

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied,

stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by

any means, electronic, mechanical, recording or otherwise,

except brief extracts for purpose of review, and no part of

this publication may be sold or hired, without the written

permission of the publisher. Words, photography and design

copyright: Marketing Cheshire 2018, except where stated.

Although the authors have taken all reasonable care in

preparing this book, we make no warranty about the accuracy

or completeness of its content and, to the maximum extent

permitted, disclaim all liability arising from its use.

The publisher gratefully acknowledges the permission granted

to reproduce the copyright material in this book. Every effort

has been made to trace copyright holders and to obtain their

permission for the use of copyright material.

03


2

BOOK NOW

23 November

to 23 December

There’s something MAGICAL

happening at Chester Zoo this Christmas!

Seeing is believing

Brought to you by Wild Rumpus

Book your tickets at chesterzoo.org/lanterns


What a

blinder:

Cheshire

on screen

With Arley Hall in the

running for the filming

of the final series of

Peaky Blinders, we check

Cheshire’s most screenfriendly

destinations.

Arley Hall (Northwich) is a

blinder for many reasons.

Its curvaceous Tudor barn is

a thing of creaky beauty. Its

formal gardens, with lawns

that give way to rolling fields

and the sort of secret rock

garden that’s manna to a

child’s imaginative heaven,

are among Cheshire’s finest.

Yet the hall is worth a visit

for another, starrier reason:

its role in the BBC’s hit

drama, Peaky Blinders.

Since 2015 Arley Hall has

been the home of fictional

Birmingham gangster,

Tommy Shelby, its library

playing the part of Tommy’s

study, its hall repainted

to fit the feel of a country

home that’s a retreat from

the hard-knock streets of

Tommy’s youth. What that

means, for Peaky Blinders

fans, is the chance to follow

in the footsteps of actors

such as Cillian Murphy

(Tommy), Tom Hardy (Alfie

Solomons) and Helen

McCrory (Polly Gray). “The

great thing is that people are

able to walk in the rooms

where these amazing stars

have filmed their scenes,”

says General Manager Steve

Hamilton of an estate whose

grounds have been used for

all manner of small screen

offerings – Arley Hall was,

for example, the location of

Deirdre Barlow’s Coronation

Street funeral (sob),

alongside scenes from Cold

Feet, Hollyoaks and even

The Voice.

Arley Hall isn’t alone.

Cheshire, as it turns out,

is a small screen star. The

kitchens at Tatton Park

(Knutsford) were also used

by Peaky Blinders producers,

although Tatton’s TV creds

go back to 1981’s Brideshead

Revisited (a TV series rated

as one of the top 10 Greatest

British TV Programmes of all

time, no less), with most of

its interior shots filmed there.

Brideshead leads us to Lyme

(Disley), where a wedding

scene was filmed in its

chapel. When it comes to

Lyme, though, we need only

say two words to prove its

filmic credentials: Colin.

Firth. The grandeur of the

National Trust house paled

into insignificance when the

actor emerged, dripping wet,

from the lake during that

infamous scene in 1995’s

Pride and Prejudice. While

we strongly advise against

recreating that particular

moment (it’ll be freezing for

starters), you can recreate

others by trying Lyme’s

two-mile ‘Pemberley Walk’.

Google it for details.

Lyme has in turn appeared

in the BBC’s The Village and

provided a backdrop for

2011 horror, The Awakening.

The brooding Cage took a

starring role here and, if

you fancy giving yourself the

chills, it’s an easy walk from

the house.

06


Nearby, Quarry Bank (Styal)

tells its own dark TV tales.

It was both setting and

inspiration for Channel 4’s The

Mill. Based on the records,

letters and diaries that

recorded life at the former

cotton mill, The Mill brought

to terrible life the conditions

endured by its workers.

Today, Quarry Bank is

altogether more lovely.

Its Georgian house is now

open to the public, while its

kitchen gardens, complete

with restored glasshouse,

are a world away from The

Mill – try the fresh produce

(and cake) in the relatively

new café that’s located in the

kitchen gardens.

Country houses aren’t

the only ones that get a

look in. Nantwich was

filmed alongside Cologne,

Dusseldorf and, er,

the Anderton Boat Lift

(Northwich) for 2016 Netflix

drama, Paranoid, while the

village of Bunbury was the

setting for ITV’s wartime

series, Home Fires. It was

an apt location: the village

suffered its own WWII

trauma when German

aircraft discharged their

bombs right over Bunbury.

It’s far more peaceful today:

take a walk along the canal

at Bunbury Locks before

heading for The Yew Tree

Inn (Bunbury) – a reported

favourite of Home Fires

cast and crew. So, with a

rumoured final series of

Peaky Blinders in the offing,

that leaves you to make like

a celeb and enjoy the pretty,

the picturesque or perhaps

just a pint in honour of

Cheshire on screen.

Blind

drink?

Arley Hall have played

a blinder (sorry) by

bottling up Peaky

Blinders’-branded rum,

whiskey, gin and pale ale.

Sadler’s, a Black Country

brewery with links to

the real Peaky Blinders,

supply the craft spirits

to Arley Hall – where

you can buy them priced

from £22.50 (spirits) and

£3.25 (ale).

07


IMAGES

RIGHT: TATTON

PARK / BELOW:

CHESHIRE

OUTDOORS,

BLAKEMERE

VILLAGE / RIGHT:

GHOST TOURS

Get your

spook on...

From the dreamily

magical to the

utterly terrifying,

we look at some

of the Halloween

happenings on our

doorstep.

Halloween used to be so

easy. Knock on a few doors,

chuck in a bit of apple

bobbing, and that was pretty

much that. Now, Halloween

is an all-out spooktacular

– so what to choose in

order to get your spook on?

Let’s start with the gentle.

Chester Ghost Tours are

the longest-running in a city

that claims to be England’s

most haunted – yet these

are nighttime tours that

are family friendly enough

to not leave you with the

terrors (26 & 27, 29-31

Oct, £10). Elsewhere,

the Magical Woodland

(Cheshire Outdoors,

Blakemere Village) is a

light and sound installation

that transforms 15 acres

of woodland into a fairytale

walk (20 Oct-2 Nov, £14.95),

while Capesthorne Hall

(Siddington) makes the

most of its 18th-century

credentials with a Ghost

Walk (28 Oct, 3.30pm,

prices tbc). Over in

Chester, Storyhouse has

The Gruffalo’s Child on

for kids (30 & 31 Oct, £14)

and Maelstrom turns the

otherwise placid surface

of the canal into a shifting,

swirling whirlpool. Created

by David Cotterrell, it’s

viewable only after dark

(King Charles Tower

Gardens, until 27 Oct, free).

Ramp things up with a

trip to Hack Green Secret

Nuclear Bunker (Nantwich).

This former military

complex is now a museum,

though someone needs to

tell that to the uniformed

man floating down the

corridor, or the female

apparition working at one

of the desks. The Bunker

can be booked for private

ghost hunts. Sealed behind

the blast doors all night

you’re left to contemplate

Hack Green’s many, many

unexplained happenings.

Happily, the gift shop

remains open should it all

get a bit much (open daily

until Oct, then Wed-Sun,

£9.25; Ghost Hunt dates

vary, £27pp, min. 12 people).

At Tatton Park, take an eerie

walk of the 16th-century

Old Hall, which is dressed

spookily with live actors,

plus lots of Halloween

activities in the grounds

for kids to enjoy (27-31

Oct, 11am-4pm), while the

Edwardian Lyceum Theatre

(Crewe) boasts no less than

five resident spectres. It

makes the most of each one

of them in its Ghost Hunt

(14 Oct, £27). Scarewood

(Altrincham) is on another

level, an immersive

woodland “horror

experience” that sees

paid-up punters running

from zombies, monsters

and things creeping out of

crypts. None of them may

be real, but tell that to your

fast-beating heart (19-21 &

26-28 Oct, £21, over 15s).

08


3

4

© ©

SANTA CRUISES

ANDERTON BOAT LIFT

DECEMBER 2018

Come and join Santa and his helpers this December on the Edwin Clark trip boat for a festive cruise on the

River Weaver Navigation. Storytelling, songs and a special present for each child!

For more information call 01606 786 777 or visit www.andertonboatlift.co.uk

TICKETS ON

SALE NOW!

visitchester.

digitickets.co.uk


Most

haunted

IMAGES

FAR LEFT:

CHESTER GHOST

TOUR / LEFT: PIED

BULL / BELOW:

PIED BULL

Get your ghostly kicks along with

food and drink at Chester’s haunted

pubs, restaurants and, er,

a sweet shop.

Pied Bull,

Northgate Street

The Blue Bell,

Northgate Street

Thorntons,

Eastgate Street

The Marlbororough Arms,

St John Street

The Pied Bull is Chester’s

oldest continuously licensed

house – and down the steps

of its cellar a certain John

Davies fell, in 1609. John

has haunted the cellar

ever since. There’s talk of

a chambermaid wafting

about in two of the pub’s

hotel-standard bedrooms,

too (they’ll tell you which

ones if you book a stay).

Distract yourself from these

ghostly wanderings with

the CAMRA award-winning

beers on offer at Chester’s

only within-the-walls

microbrewery.

Ah, Henrietta. Doomed to

wait forever for her Civil

War lover – him killed

during the battle of Rowton

Heath, her so distraught

at the news that she killed

herself. Henrietta allegedly

still walks the steps to the

first-floor window where

she watched the battle

unfold in this, Chester’s

last surviving medieval inn.

Today, the Blue Bell serves

up excellent Spanish tapas.

Consider England’s Civil War

while you chow down (sorry,

Henrietta).

And then there’s Sarah, a

ghost with a sweet tooth.

Sarah is said to have

committed suicide after

being jilted at the altar,

haunting the Thornton’s

store on Eastgate as she

seeks her unreliable lover

(although, to be fair, she’s

been knocking about for

200 years and we’re pretty

sure that makes her older

than your average box of

Continental chocolates).

No, that’s not a spelling

mistake: the story goes that

this pub’s signwriter was

so terrified by the ghost of

a former landlord that he

didn’t pay attention to what

he was writing… although

other explanations give a

liquid lunch as the reason.

Whichever, this traditional

pub is lately known for its

bar rules, which include:

“Being loud, drunk and

stroppy doesn’t make you

next. Being next makes you

next, sunshine”. Glad we got

that straight, then.

10


5

10% off

Save 10% on our Half-hour City

Cruise with discount code UG18

Autumn and Winter on Chester’s River Dee

Sightseeing Cruises

Seasonal colour and wildlife,

elegant houses, tranquil

meadows... sip hot chocolate

as the world glides by.

Daily sailings twice-hourly until

4 November, then hourly at

weekends until 30 December

Party After Dark

A three-hour cruise, with buffet

supper, on-board bar and

request-friendly DJ.

Weekends to the end of the year

Christmas Made Easy

Parties on land are so last year.

Come one, come all for festive food

and floor-fillers.

Friday and Saturday nights in December

Captain of your Ship

All our boats are available for charter.

Whatever your occasion, we’ll make it special.

All cruises depart from The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SZ

Buy sightseeing cruise tickets on board (subject to availability), or save money by booking online.

Party nights (over 18s only) do sell out and must be booked in advance.

01244 325 394 | chesterboat.co.uk

6

AT GLADSTONE’S

LIBRARY

Christmas Lunches and Afternoon Tea

Served from 1st December. Booking essential.

Offers on cosy winter accommodation

See website for details.

Meeting rooms with character

www.gladstoneslibrary.org

7


Start

Add

a

some

new family

colour

tradition

to

this Christmas in Cheshire

your weekend this

autumn at Gibside

Meet Father Christmas at special places near

you or travel back in time to experience

traditions from the past. Discover a festive

courtyard at Dunham Massey or see how the

family Go crunching who lived through at fallen Lyme leaves celebrated and discover this a forest time

of teeming year. with Step wildlife into and the autumn mill at colours, Quarry with Bank walking to

routes for all ages and abilities.

explore classic stories in a winter wonderland.

nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

nationaltrust.org.uk/northwest

When you visit, donate, volunteer or or join join the the National National Trust, Trust, your your

support helps us us to to look look after after special special places places North in Lyme for ever, for ever, for everyone. for everyone.

© National Trust 2018. The National Trust is an

National Trust 2016. The National Trust is an independent

independent registered charity, registered number 205846. charity, Photography number © National Trust

205846. Images. Photography © National Trust Images.

#nationaltrust

8

CHRISTMAS BREAKS

Two Nights £349.00 per

adult £89.00 per child

-

Three Nights £429.00 per

adult £119.00 per child

Delicious Christmas Day lunch, a visit

from Father Christmas on Christmas

Day, Christmas Day buffet, Three

course dinner on

additional evenings,

Entertainment throughout break,

Additional refreshments and

breakfast each morning

PARTY FROM

£32.00 PER PERSON

GIFT EXPERIENCE

VOUCHERS FROM

£35.00

NEW YEAR’E EVE

GALA DINNER

BREAK

Two Nights from £309.00

per adult £145.00 per child

-

Three Nights from £359.00

per adult £165.00 per child

Gala Dinner, Disco and Live Band*

Fireworks over the lake, Piper to

Pipe in the New Year, Three course

dinner on additional evenings and

breakfast each morning

*band on Carden Suite package

Carden Park Hotel, Chester, CH3 9DQ I 01829 731007 I reservations@cardenpark.co.uk I www.cardenpark.co.uk


The Bridgewater Hall

International Concert Series 18|19

Ian Bostridge tenor

Julius Drake piano

Friday 21 September 7.30pm

Schubert Winterreise

Russian State

Symphony Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Barry Douglas piano

Monday 1 October 7.30pm

Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1

Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

in E minor

The Music of

John Barry

Nicholas Dodd conductor | Andrew Collins presenter

Manchester Camerata

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm

Music from John Barry’s most memorable film scores,

including of course, James Bond.

9

The Sixteen Choir

& Orchestra

Harry Christophers

conductor

Friday 23 November 7.30pm

A popular programme of Handel

and Vivaldi

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

The Bridgewater Hall

Jonathan Scott Lunchtime Organ Concerts

Jonathan Scott starts 18|19 with two popular themed concerts

Night & Day Wednesday 5 September 1.10pm

Autumn Monday 1 October 1.10pm

Manchester Camerata: Deutsche Romantik

Leticia Moreno violin

Gábor Takács-Nagy music director

Tuesday 13 November 7.30pm

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Op.26

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26

Schumann Symphony No.4 in D minor Op.120

New Year’s Eve

at the Movies

at The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester Camerata

Shona Lindsay guest singer

Monday 31 December

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with music from

some of the greatest movies of all time, including E.T.,

Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Pirates of

the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, West Side

Story and, of course, James Bond.

Dining & accommodation packages available

Tickets on sale from 31 August

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk


Food, Booze &

Unusual News

The food, drink and other

happenings that are on

our radar (and should be

on yours)

IMAGES

TOP: CARRIAGE

SHED / ABOVE:

GREAT BRITISH

GIN FESTIVAL

/ ROUNDEL:

HAWARDEN ESTATE

FARM SHOP

With Christmas coming (and

your great aunt staying), our

thoughts naturally turn to

wine. Cheshire is home to

several independent wine

outfits worthy of your time,

including Whitmore & White

(Heswall, Frodsham, West

Kirby) and Dutsons (Marple

Bridge), but make a beeline

for 2018 Independent

Retailer of the Year nominee

Define Food & Wine

(Northwich) – if you can’t

make it to the restaurantstore

to try some of its 32

wines by the glass, rumour

has it that it’s due to start

selling over 1,000 varieties

online soon.

Made it to the Hawarden

Estate Farm Shop

(Hawarden)? It’s a go-to for

North Wales foodies, yet

is a mere 15 minutes from

Chester. It counts a deli,

café, butchery and food

hall to its name; its sister

venture - gastropub The

Glynne Arms - is less than

a mile away, and it’s the

location for The Good Life

Experience, one of the most

laid-back festivals on the

circuit (14-16 Sep) – plus you

get 10% off tickets when you

buy them at the farm shop.

Also: it’s doing its bit for the

war on plastic: you can now

BYO containers to the deli

and butchery.

Our new-favourite brunch

hang-out, The Flower Cup

(Chester) has just opened a

spin-off venture. The Violet

Palm (Chester) specialises

in houseplants, flowers and

‘botanical wares’, alongside

workshops that’ll have

you on a par with Monty

Don in no time. People

who like plants often like

folk (or perhaps that’s just

us), in which case check

Autumn Folk, a one-off night

featuring BBC Radio 2 folk

award-winner Sam Kelly &

the Lost Boys (Clonter Opera

Theatre, Congleton, 6 Oct).

The Carriage Shed (Chester)

is a semi-covered Grade

II-listed railway, er, shed

that hosts the Great British

Gin Festival this October.

Sample the best Mother’s

Ruin alongside demos,

cocktail classes and talks

(13 Oct). If gin is your thing,

try Macclesfield’s Forest Gin.

Just 85 bottles are made

per batch, and the Cheshire

producer is stocked by the

likes of Harvey Nichols.

Happily, you can buy the

gorgeous stuff at Corks Out

(Chester); Forest Gin has

won many an award, and was

most recently a Cheshire Life

Food & Drink nominee.

14


Event

Guide

Sep / Dec

2018

29 August - 25 September

CHESHIRE ARTISTS

NETWORK WAR &

PEACE EXHIBITION

This exhibition is the last

event in the Cheshire

Artists Network ‘World War

I Commemorative Project’.

War & Peace intends to

mark the cessation of

hostilities and celebrate

the coming of peace. This

allows artists to show some

previous work and to add to

it with more joyful images

within the legacy of the war.

www.chestercathedral.com

7 - 9 September

PUB IN THE PARK

Enjoy amazing food from

pop-up pubs including

Tom’s The Hand & Flowers,

demos from top chefs, lots

of shopping, and cracking

music from household

names – it’s going to be

lush!

www.pubintheparkuk.com

7 September

ROODEE CHALLENGE

CUP POLO SEMI

FINALS DAY

Relax pitch side with

general admission passes,

which also provide access to

our shopping village. Bring

along a picnic or enjoy a bite

to eat and a glass of Pimms

from the food and drink

outlets located within the

shopping village.

www.chester-races.com

8 September

ROODEE CHALLENGE

CUP POLO FINALS

DAY

Enjoy the relaxed

atmosphere of Finals Day.

A perfect day out for all the

family, bring a picnic and

enjoy a glass of Pimms.

www.chester-races.com

10 – 15 September

THE PLAY THAT

GOES WRONG

A highly physical comedy

packed with finely-tuned

farce and Buster Keaton

inspired slapstick delivered

with split-second timing

and ambitious daring. The

play introduces the ‘Cornley

Polytechnic Drama Society’

who are attempting to

put on a 1920s’ murder

mystery, but as the title

suggests, everything that

can go wrong… does, as the

accident-prone thespians

battle on against all the

odds to get to their final

curtain call.

www.venuecymru.co.uk

14 September

CHESTER RACES

- MBNA AUTUMN

FESTIVAL FRIDAY

The last Friday fixture of the

calendar, attracting crowds

of enthusiastic racing fans

and those looking to up the

style stakes, racegoers flock

from around the country to

witness history unfold over

the course of an afternoon.

www.chester-races.com

IMAGES

TOP: PUB IN THE

PARK / BELOW

CHESTER RACES

15


10

4

© ©

FIREWORK SPECTACULAR

ANDERTON BOAT LIFT

SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018, 6.30PM

Back with a bang this Autumn, the Boat Lift host their annual firework display from the picturesque River Weaver.

A spectacular event and a firm favourite in the events calendar.

For more information call 01606 786 777 or visit www.andertonboatlift.co.uk

PRE-BOOK

& SAVE!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

visitchester.

digitickets.co.uk


Discover Chester Cathedral

Refectory

Café

Take a break, enjoy a

delightful lunch or

coffee & a cake in one

of Chester’s most unique

dining locations.

Cathedral

at Height

Take our award-winning tour

to the top of the central

tower and see one city, two

countries and five counties.

At over 125 feet above

ground, you really will get

Chester’s best views.

Choral

Evensong

An evening act of worship

with music from the

Cathedral Choir and organ.

Mon, Tues, Thurs and

Fri 5.30pm

Sat 4.15pm

Sun 3.30pm

Gift Shop

Step inside and discover

an inspired collection of

gifts for friends and family

alike or possibly something

special just for you.

11

FORTHCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

THURSDAY 18 to SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER

Henry V

Marking the centenary of the First World War

Armistice, award-winning theatre company Antic

Disposition present their critically acclaimed

adaptation of Henry V.

7pm / Tickets £20 - £35

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER

LoveChristmas Fair

LoveChristmas brings together an exciting array of

hand-picked boutiques from across the UK. Discover

over 60 stylish and original stalls for perfect

Christmas gifts and inspiration.

(Click to chestercathedral.com for details of the

LoveChristmas Evening event).

9am - 3pm / Tickets £6 per person, children free.

Booking not required.

SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER

A Concert of Remembrance

To commemorate the end of World War I, the

Choir of Chester Cathedral are joined by the

world-famous orchestra of St John’s, Smith Square,

in a performance of the eternally popular Requiem

by Gabriel Fauré. Accompanied by readings of

poetry and letters from the front line.

7.30pm | Tickets £7 - £20

SATURDAY 8 & SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER

Chester Cathedral Choir presents

‘Tidings of Joy’

The Chester Cathedral Choir, directed by Philip

Rushforth, sing a selection of traditional carols for

all to enjoy. There will also be seasonal readings

and a chance for all to join in and sing some festive

songs and carols.

7pm / Tickets £5 – £17.50

FRIDAY 21 & SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER

The Snowman

The Snowman, accompanied by a live orchestra,

returns to Chester Cathedral. Plus other festive

treats – including a brand-new animated film with

orchestral accompaniment, A Donkey’s Tale.

A perfect winter outing for all the family.

Performances throughout the day / Tickets £12 – £28

Click to chestercathedral.com for full

details of these events and more...

For concert tickets, call 01244 500959 or click to: chestercathedral.com/events


15 October

MADAME BUTTERFLY –

PUCCINI

IMAGES

LEFT: ARLEY HALL

FOOD FESTIVAL

ROUNDEL:

MADAME

BUTTERFLY

Presented by Heritage Opera.

The heart-breaking story of

Cio Cio San, the Nagasaki

geisha, and her unwavering

belief that the husband she

adores, will one day return.

Containing some of the most

beautiful of Puccini’s music,

including the famous aria Un

Bel Di (‘One Fine Day’), and

the moving Humming Chorus.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

15 September

CHESTER RACES

- 32RED AUTUMN

FESTIVAL SATURDAY

Revel in the autumn

sunshine for an afternoon of

seven races of the Roodee.

www.chester-races.com

15 & 16 September

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT

THE FARM

A fun day out for all the

family with a chance to

celebrate the annual

harvest by joining in with

the Farm’s very own harvest

festival. See the steam

engine running, have a go

at scarecrow making and

spinning. Make your own

corn doll, sheep racing and

woodturning demos.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

16 September

PRIDE -

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Bringing communities

together, supporting

diversity and celebrating

all aspects of the LGBT+

community. Open to all, this

family friendly event will be

the first celebration of what

we hope will be an annual

event and this year takes

place in the spectacular

gardens of Tatton Park.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

22 & 23 September

ARLEY HALL FOOD

FESTIVAL

The recipe for the weekend,

well take over 100 top local

producers, a big serving of

stunning hot food, real ale

and wine bars, add a dash

of craft and gift stalls, lots

of activities for the kids, top

chef demos with lashings of

excellent live music and mix

together to make a lovely

foodie family day out.

www.greatbritishfood

festival.com

29 September

CHESTER RACES -

GOLDEN SQUARE

SHOPPING CENTRE

SEASON FINALE

It’s the final hurrah of the

season and your final chance

to experience racing at

Chester before the 2018

season draws to a close - don’t

miss the opportunity to come

racing at the last September

meeting of the year.

www.chester-races.com

11 - 14 October

CHESTER ANTIQUES

FAIR

Around 40 stands of antiques

and fine art extending

over 3 floors of the County

Grandstand.

www.penman-fairs.co.uk

18 - 20 October

HENRY V

Marking the centenary of the

First World War Armistice,

award-winning theatre

company Antic Disposition

present their critically

acclaimed adaptation of

Henry V. Moving effortlessly

between 1415 and 1915, the

production combines William

Shakespeare’s epic history

play with original songs

inspired by the poetry of

AE Housman, in a powerful

tribute to the young soldiers

caught up in conflicts five

centuries apart.

www.chestercathedral.com

20 October – 4 November

ZOMBIE PIRATE

TREASURE TRAIL

Follow the Blakemere spooky

trail to discover the hidden

items left here by the Zombie

Pirate many years ago, for

each trail form completed an

activity prize will be won. Join

in the fun by dressing up as a

Pirate to do the trail.

www.blakemerevillage.com

18


12

EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THE

UNIVERSE AT JODRELL BANK

Open Daily 10am - 5pm

Discover the giant Lovell Telescope!

PLUS: Interactive Exhibits and Displays

35 acres of Gardens and Arboretum

Planet Pavilion Cafe and Gift Shop

Playground and Picnic Areas

Year-round Events and Activities


IMAGE:

CALENDAR

GIRLS

7 November

GRAHAM FELLOWS

20 October – 2 November

MAGICAL WOODLAND

A magical outdoor

experience with dazzling

lighting and supreme sound

in the depths of a Cheshire

woodland - let the magical

woodland entice your

imagination this autumn.

www.magicalwoodland.com

23 – 27 October

CALENDAR GIRLS

THE MUSICAL

By Gary Barlow and Tim

Firth, this is the awardwinning

production based

on the true story of the

calendar girls - a group of

ordinary ladies who achieved

something extraordinary.

This marvellous musical

comedy which received

fantastic five-star reviews

in London’s West End now

comes to Venue Cymru.

www.venuecymru.co.uk

26 – 31 October

HALLOWEEN GHOST

TOURS

Come and enjoy a Chester

Ghost Tour, featuring a

frightfully good evening of

fun and phantoms.

You will be taken on a nighttime

walk around the eerie

haunts of the city’s mysterious

and murky past, where you

will hear spine-chilling tales

of ghosts, and things that go

bump in the night!

www.ghostcity.co.uk

27 October

ANDERTON

FIREWORK

SPECTACULAR

Visitors can watch the

fantastic firework display

from the lawned terraces

overlooking the picturesque

River Weaver and majestic

Boat Lift. With licenced bar

and food available, as well

as a fantastic play area for

children, it’s a fun-filled

evening for the whole family.

www.andertonboatlift.co.uk

27 – 31 October

HAUNTED

HALLOWEEN 2018

Dare you enter the Old Hall

at Tatton Park – reputedly

one of the most haunted

buildings in the country?

Take an eerie walk of this

secluded medieval building,

where haunted souls are

said to roam these lonely

floors looking to reconnect

with the living.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

27 & 28 October

TATTON PARK FOOD

AND GIFT FAIR

Want to tickle your taste

buds? Do not miss mini

shops filled with specialist

retailers from the north west

and artisan food producers

with tempting treats. You will

find everything from art to

fashion.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

1 & 2 November

LOVECHRISTMAS

FAIR

LoveChristmas brings

together an exciting array of

hand-picked boutiques from

across the UK. Come along

for the event’s drinks &

shopping evening. Discover

over 60 stylish and original

stalls for perfect Christmas

gifts and inspiration. In aid

of the cathedral’s ‘Chester

Cathedral in LEGO’ project

and TUSK.

Thurs 6.30pm – 9.30pm

(booking essential) & Fri

9am – 3pm (no booking

required)

www.chestercathedral.com

3 & 4 November

CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR

Christmas gifts for all the

family and ideas for presents

not usually found in high

street shops.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

3 & 4 November

HEARTH

This intimate literary festival

offers keen writers the

opportunity to pick up hints

and tips and ask questions

of published authors about

their experiences. A must

for anyone interested in the

world of books.

www.gladstonelibrary.org

Graham Fellows has

performed as the character

John Shuttleworth for over 25

years, delighting audiences

with his songs and quirky

take on everyday life, as well

as appearing and winning

(alongside Dave Gorman) on

Pointless Celebrities. Now

Graham, steps out from

behind the keyboard to plug

in his guitar and sing his own

songs and naturally talk about

Shuttleworth, Coronation

Street, and becoming a teenage

pop star as Jilted John.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

10 November

A CONCERT OF

REMEMBRANCE -

WITH ORCHESTRA

OF ST JOHN’S AND

CHESTER CATHEDRAL

CHOIR

To commemorate the end

of World War I, the Choir

of Chester Cathedral are

joined by the world-famous

orchestra of St John’s, Smith

Square, in a performance

of the eternally popular

Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.

www.chestercathedral.com/

events

13 – 17 November

SATURDAY NIGHT

FEVER

Saturday Night Fever tells the

iconic story of Tony Manero,

and his reckless, yet thrilling

road to dancing success.

Featuring the Bee Gees

greatest hits Stayin’ Alive,

How Deep Is Your Love, Night

Fever, Tragedy, More Than a

Woman and many more.

www.venuecymru.co.uk

20


Chester

Antiques Fair

Chester Racecourse

11-14 October

40 stands on 3 floors, All vetted for Authenticity

www.penman-fairs.co.uk 01886 833091 / 07961 371961

13

This is your Complimentary Ticket for Three

to

Chester Antiques Fair

Fine Art ~ Interiors ~ Jewellery

at

Chester Racecourse, CH1 2LY

3 Cafes on Free Parking

Bistro to Fine Dining subject to availability .

11 th - 14 th October 2018

10.30am - 5pm

via Ultimate Chester

Please bring this ticket to the Fair


30 November - 30 December

CHRISTMAS AT

DUNHAM MASSEY

16 November –

22 December

CHESTER

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Shoppers are in for a

magical time at Chester

Christmas Market.

With over 70 traditional

wooden chalets situated

in the heart of Chester, all

wrapped around a sparkling

Christmas tree.

There will be an abundance

of festive treats and gifts

on offer, including quality

local and regional products,

crafts, clothing, accessories,

jewellery, unique gifts and

stocking fillers which are

sure to make the perfect

present!

www.visitcheshire.com/

christmas

16 – 18 November

FOODIES FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS

Foodies Festival is bringing

the Christmas spirit to

Tatton Park for the first time

in November.

Watch Great British Bake

Off Stars baking live in The

Cake & Desserts Theatre.

Meet Michelin starred chefs,

Great British Menu winners,

MasterChef champions and

top local chefs cooking their

signature recipes in the

Stoves Chefs Theatre.

A fabulous day out not to be

missed!

www.foodiesfestival.com

18 November

TANGOMOTION

A breath-taking journey into

the heart of Tango Argentino,

from virtuoso displays of

traditional tango dance in

stunning costumes to the

exquisite sounds of 1930s

and 40s Buenos Aires and

the powerful Nuevo Tango

music of Astor Piazzolla.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

23 November –

23 December

THE LANTERNS AT

CHESTER ZOO

Chester Zoo’s popular and

magical festive nighttime

trail returns. Follow

the route around the zoo,

carrying lanterns to discover

an enchanting world of

life-size animal lanterns

and special festive effects.

The perfect family event this

Christmas.

www.chesterzoo.org

27 November – 2 December

and various dates in

December

‘FOOD GLORIOUS

FOOD’ CHRISTMAS

MANSION

Enter a magical Christmas

Mansion decorated with

fresh foliage and stunning

decorations. Special lighting

and seasonal music adds to the

festive atmosphere as you work

your way through enchanting

rooms - from the grandeur of

the state rooms through to the

servants’ quarters.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

Dunham Massey’s biggest

and brightest Christmas event

returns for a second year

with plenty more suprises.

Experience the garden and

historic buildings all aglow for

a magical outdoor, after-dark

experience.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

dunham-massey

1 – 23 December

FATHER CHRISTMAS

AT THE FARM

On weekends throughout

December, come and see

your favourite farmyard

friends when you visit Father

Christmas and his reindeer,

Prancer and Dancer. Live

music from carol singers,

brass bands, children’s

entertainers, face painting

and lots more.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

1 – 24 December

SANTA CRUISES AT

ANDERTON BOAT

LIFT

Weekends throughout

December, come and join

Santa and his helpers on

the Edwin Clark trip boat

for a festive cruise on the

River Weaver Navigation.

Storytelling, songs and a

special present for each

child!

www.andertonboatlift.co.uk

1 December – 6 January

CHESTER

CATHEDRAL

CHRISTMAS TREE

FESTIVAL

Escape from the hustle

and bustle of the festive

period and lose yourself

in the astonishing treelined

winter walkways at

Chester Cathedral. Vote

for your favourite tree and

winners in business and

school categories will be

announced at the closing of

the festival.

7 December – 6 January

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Coming to Storyhouse

this Christmas: a major

new stage production of

the classic MGM musical

motion picture, featuring

all the favourite songs,

including Somewhere Over

the Rainbow and We’re Off to

See the Wizard.

www.storyhouse.com

8 & 15 December

CHESTER

CATHEDRAL CHOIR

PRESENTS ‘TIDINGS

OF JOY’

The Chester Cathedral Choir,

directed by Philip Rushforth,

sing a selection of traditional

carols for all to enjoy.

There will also be seasonal

readings and a chance for

all to join in and sing some

festive songs and carols.

www.chestercathedral.com/

events

8 – 30 December

CINDERELLA

Starring Tom Parker (The

Wanted) as Prince Charming.

Audiences shall go to the ball

this Christmas as Cinderella

transforms from rags to

riches, outwits her very Ugly

Sisters, and with the help of

her hilarious friend Buttons

and one very magical Fairy

Godmother, wins the heart

of the dashing Prince

Charming. With a fabulous

cast and orchestra, laughout-loud

comedy, stunning

scenery and special effects,

beautiful costumes and

plenty of boos and hisses, it’s

the perfect pantomime for all

the family to enjoy.

www.chestercathedral.com

www.venuecymru.co.uk

22


14

September - January Highlights

New winter brochure

out now!

25 MINS FROM CHESTER, 35 MINS FROM LIVERPOOL, 45 MINS FROM MANCHESTER


FROM TOP

CHESTER

CATHEDRAL /

CAPESTHORNE /

TATTON PARK

Christmas

Are you ready for it?

Yes, it’s too early to be talking about Christmas.

Yes, it’s the same every year: too much food,

too much traffic and quite possibly too many

tantrums (and that’s just you). But getting prepped

for Christmas needn’t be hard work…

Let’s start with shopping…

While the big retail centres

have their (get-it-all-donein-one)

place, nothing beats

Chester’s narrow streets and

medieval Rows for injecting

some atmosphere into

proceedings. Independent

boutiques such as Nichols

& Co (Bridge St Row) and

Harriet & Dee (Watergate

Row) are reliable stop-offs

for gifts, while all the usual

high street stores are within

an easy walk. On the alt.

side of retail life, music,

vintage and lifestyle store

The Second Floor (Upper

Northgate St) may prove a

hit, while wRaps & Records

(City Walls) offers something

completely different: its mix

of ice-cream and vinyl is a

music lover’s sweet dream.

Chester Christmas Market

is back, its 70 chalet-style

stalls selling everything from

artisan treats and handmade

toys to lashings of mulled

wine (Town Hall Sq., 16

Nov-22 Dec). The market sits

cheek-by-jowl with Chester

Cathedral (St Werburgh St);

walk the medieval cloisters

of this staggeringly beautiful

building and admire the

40 or so bedecked firs

that make its Christmas

Tree Festival worth the

pilgrimage (Nov 2018-Jan

2019). The Cathedral gets in

on the retail action early this

year - the Love Christmas

Fair is a good way to kickstart

festive shopping (1 &

2 Nov) – as does Christmas

at Capesthorne (Siddington,

23-25 Nov). Here, the familyowned

country pile opens

for a weekend of music,

festive food and a craft fair.

Finally, if it’s food you’re

after, try the Food Glorious

Food Christmas Mansion –

although it’s more of a tour

than an all-you-can-eat

(Tatton Park, 27 Nov-2 Dec,

4-9 Dec, 14-16 Dec & 21-23

Dec).

24


Two rambunctious

processions of

lanterns, firebreathing

and curious

characters through

Chester’s streets that

can trace their history

back to the 1400s

Then move onto the kids

Beat an illuminated path

to Chester Zoo, which

reprises The Lanterns, the

magical trail that winds

its way to the very special

spot where children can

post letters to Santa. Part

theatre, part fairytale-cometo-life,

it’s wise to book

early (Upton-by-Chester,

23 Nov-23 Dec,). Another

after dark experience

comes courtesy of the

Winter Watch Parades: two

rambunctious processions of

lanterns, fire-breathing and

curious characters through

Chester’s streets that can

trace their history back to

the 1400s (Chester, mid-

Dec). If nothing but Father

Christmas himself will

do, book a place at Father

Christmas at the Farm

(Tatton Park, weekends

through Dec). The man

himself, and Prancer and

Dancer, will be in residence.

… Before booking the

entertainment

Nothing says Christmas

quite as much as cuddling

up to watch a family

classic – Judy Garland in

the Wizard of Oz, anyone?

Well, now you can see a

stage adaptation of that very

movie at Storyhouse, as it

puts on The Wizard of Oz (7

Dec-6 Jan). Altogether now:

We’re off to see the wizard…

Elsewhere, The Snowman

Tour screens the tearjerking

animation with a live

orchestral accompaniment

(Chester Cathedral, 21 & 22

Dec), and the Crewe Lyceum

goes all-out with Jack and

the Beanstalk (14 Dec-6

Jan). As you might expect,

this is a panto bolstered by a

reality TV star (Britain’s Got

Talent’s George Sampson)

and, who else, Cannon

and Ball. And don’t miss

Gospel at Clonter (Clonter

Opera Theatre, Congleton,

1 Dec), which sees BBC

Proms favourite the London

Adventist Chorale raise the

roof.

… And, finally, taking a

breather

With countryside walks,

rural pubs, monumenttopped

hills and gorgeous

gardens on your doorstep

you’ve no excuse not to get

into the great outdoors.

But, if you need one,

Dunham Massey’s winter

gardens should do the trick

(Altrincham). The woodland

gardens are now almost a

decade old, their whitestemmed

silver birches and

the startling red of bark

of the dogwood giving out

onto, later in the season,

thousands upon thousands

of snowdrops and cyclamen.

The gardens also form the

setting for Christmas at

Dunham Massey, another

light trail through the

darkened woods, this time

with an added fire garden,

a twinkling tunnel of lights

and, apparently, bubbles on

the bridge (30 Nov-30 Dec).

Feeling fit? The Tatton Park

Yule Romp (Tatton Park, 9

Dec) is a 10K run that’s best

described as punishingly fun.

FROM TOP

ZOO LANTERNS /

WINTER WATCH

PARADE / TATTON

PARK

25


15

20th OCTOBER -

2nd NOVEMBER 2018

AT BLAKEMERE VILLAGE

BE AMAZED...

ENJOY AN ENCHANTING AND interactive outdoor experience with dazzling

lightS and sound in the HEART of a Cheshire woodland.

AN ILLUMINATING CELEBRATION OF EMPOWERMENT IN 2018.

magicalwoodland.com

#magicalwoodland FIND US ON FACEBOOK

FESTIVE DINING

1st December - 23rd December

Start the season as you mean to go on -

with mouth-watering menus at the most stylish scene in town!

Lunch - £20.00 / Dinner - £25.00

FESTIVE PARTIES

1st December - 23rd December

Celebrate in style with a three-course festive lunch or dinner with all the

trimmings. Add in music, dancing and your own private dining room or

shared festive space and the party really gets started.

Sun - Thurs - £29.50 / Fri - Sat - £35.00

CHRISTMAS DAY

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for and of course, it needs to start with

a glass of bubbles - add a decadent six-course menu to the mix and forget

about the washing up!

Priced at £99 per person.

NEW YEAR’S HOUSE PARTY

31st December

When the time comes to ring in the New Year, celebrate with us! Start with

a glass Champagne, move onto a tantalising menu, the best live music in

town and party vibes along the way as you welcome 2019 with style...

From £69 for a four-course dinner with entertainment.

ABode Chester, Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJ

t: 01244 347 000 e: SalesManager@abodechester.co.uk

16


Planning a family day out by bus?

Getting there is half the fun.

Whether you’re zooming to the zoo, hitting the shops or visiting

a city centre attraction, let Stagecoach take you there on the X8.

X8 Chester > Chester Zoo > Cheshire Oaks > Liverpool

17

£10

family day

ticket

Free Wi-Fi

USB Charging Contactless

Get the App. Track live journey times

X8 Chester

www.stagecoachbus.com

@StagecoachMCSL

Stagecoach Bus App


It’s

beginning

to look a

lot like

Christmas

We take a sneak peek at

Chester’s festive markets

and find a great deal of

mulled wine, brilliant gifts

and Christmas spirit

to look forward to.

As the nights lengthen, our

thoughts turn to Christmas - and

no visit to Chester this season

would be complete without a visit

to its ever-popular Christmas

Market. Located right in the heart

of the city, outside the Town Hall,

a stone’s throw from Storyhouse,

the markets crank into life in

mid-November and run right up

to 22 December (just in case, like

us, you tend to leave Christmas

shopping right until the last

minute).

As ever, there’s an abundance

of treats and gifts on offer, at

70 traditional ‘chalets’ wrapped

around a sparkling Christmas

tree. Alongside a showcase

of seasonal products, often

handmade, often from local and

regional producers, the market

does a stellar line in sweet gifts:

chocolate brownies, teacakes,

gingerbread houses, fudge,

toffee… There’s also handcrafted

jewellery, gifts and clothes on

offer for those who don’t have

a sweet tooth and, of course,

mulled wine, hot chocolate, a hog

roast and three bars to help keep

out the cold.

So, a visit to Chester’s Christmas

Market ticks the boxes for

atmosphere, sustenance, family

fun and gifts – with the backdrop

one of the most beautiful cities

in England. What more could you

ask for?

Chester Christmas Market:

16 November – 22 December

Find out more on Facebook

or Instagram:

@/chesterchristmasmarket

28


The magical, after-dark, illuminated trail

18

A festive woodland

walk for all the family

New for 2018

Water Fountain Finale • Scented Fire Garden

Bubbles on the Bridge • Laser Garden

Father Christmas • Seasonal food and gifts

30 NOV–30 DEC

in partnership with

0844 995 1362 nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

Calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge. Running selected evenings only.

19


20

Cheshire

Ice Cream

Sold

We sell tickets for a variety of buses the daily hop on

and hop off sightseeing bus, National Express Coaches

all over the country, Busy Bus and Easy Bus.

We also sell bus tickets for Arriva .

We sell discounted tickets for the Blue Planet

Aquarium and Chester Zoo.

We are the Chester agents for Jones holidays.

We have guided walks which leave the Visitor Centre

daily at 10.30 and 2.00pm.

Roman soldier walking tours are available at 12 and

3.00 Monday – Saturday .

We also sell Chester Running Tours.

The Chester Ghost tour is every Saturday night and

can be booked from the Visitor Centre.

We have a busy retail shop selling a variety of Chester

themed items, including Christmas gifts, decorations

and calenders.

www.visitcheshire.com


Maps

Chester

17

13

16

22

21

11

17

5

17

1 Hollies

2 Chester Zoo

3 Tatton Park

4 Anderton Boat Lift

5 Chester Boat

6 Gladstone Library

7 Hack Green

8 Carden Park

9 Bridgewater Hall

10 Venue Cymru

11 Cathedral

12 Jodrell Bank

13 Penman Antiques

14 The Brindley

15 Magical Woodland

16 ABode

17 City Sightseeing

18 Dunham Massey

19 Lady Lever

20 Mere Resort

21 Christmas Market

22 Storyhouse

23 Cheshire Oaks

Cheshire

9

18

19

14

20

3

23

4

10

2

12

15

6 1

8

7

Not featured on map:

CH1 Chester Bid

National Trust

Visitor Information Centre

31


eviewed...

32 by The Hollies

A local farm shop branches out into boutique hotel and

restaurant territory – Susie Stubbs finds out whether it

can set the bar for local food, well made.

We’d just been served lunch

at 32 by The Hollies, the

latest venture from one of

Cheshire’s most successful

food and drink operations,

when there came a lull in

conversation. Plates freshly

laid on table, for a few

moments too busy to talk,

my daughter took advantage

of the quiet to pipe up:

“Mummy, is it polite to eat

with your mouth open?”

“Not really,” I replied,

thinking what a lovely, clear

voice she had.

Then why is that lady

behind us doing it?”

she said, in that lovely,

clear voice.

My son snorted, my husband

choked on his avocado, and

my daughter returned to

her food, apparently not

requiring an answer, what

with the two women sat

behind us going awfully quiet

and all – though perhaps

she was also distracted by

the towering burger in front

of her.

You can tell much by the

way a restaurant treats its

young clientele. Granted,

they tend to be a fussy

and undiscerning lot, but

children deserve more than

the straight-outta-freezer or

jar-on-pasta meals they’re

so often served. So, you can

draw your own conclusions

at a kids’ menu here that

included a deli board (honey

roast ham, local cheese,

hummus and veg) and baked

salmon (with mash rather

than chips). It also featured

a burger whose handmade

patty had been griddled

for flavour, a thick slice

of smoked bacon draped

appealingly on top, melting

mozzarella laid beneath.

The bun was fat, fresh and

crackled with corn. Fries

and a credible side salad

also made a showing. All

in all, it was a kids’ meal

that was as generous as it

was grown-up, and saw my

10-year-old son later having

to have a lie-down, too full

for ice-cream.

32


The women sat behind

us (they of openmouthed

fame) had

earlier remarked on

how the restaurant

“didn’t feel too

‘hotel-y’, you know,

with expensive food

that nobody wants

to eat

Although I momentarily

questioned the wisdom of

treating my (loud-mouthed)

children to a nice lunch, 32

by the Hollies is definitely

somewhere to take the kids.

Or your mum, your mates

or your partner: the tables

around us were a mix of

all kinds, the conversation

quietly humming, the service

attentive yet discrete.

Located in a converted bank

on Tarporley’s high street

– a lovely Cheshire village

ten miles from Chester

the historic building has

been sensitively extended,

with a boutique hotel out

back and lots of glass, light

and an open kitchen in the

restaurant. It’s a prime

location and clearly popular:

the women sat behind us

(they of open-mouthed fame)

had earlier remarked on how

the restaurant “didn’t feel

too ‘hotel-y’, you know, with

expensive food that nobody

wants to eat”.

As you might expect, much

that makes its way onto the

plate comes via The Hollies,

the farm shop a few miles

up the road that inspired

this venture (in fact, we

spotted staff from the latter

dropping off meat and veg

during our meal). This local,

seasonable produce makes

all the difference – it’s for

that reason that the locallysourced

beef of the kids’

burgers tasted so good, and

that my husband’s poached

egg, sat atop smashed

avocado on a six-grain

bread, was so gorgeously,

glossily yellow. As for me,

I’d ordered a Moroccan-style

bulgar wheat salad in the

full expectation that it’d be

a bit bland. The reality was

a lightly spiced warm salad,

thickly dotted with Greek

yogurt and roasted sweet

potato.

Conversational faux pas

aside, lunch at 32 by The

Hollies turned out to balance

high-end dining and relaxed

weekend eating. “It’s not too

much, it’s not too heavy,”

said my husband of the

food – and he was right. 32

by The Hollies sets the bar

for good food, well made

and beautifully presented.

Just remember to keep your

mouth closed when you

eat it.

32 by The Hollies,

32 High Street,

Tarpoley, CW6 0DY,

www.32bythehollies.co.uk.

33


21

Chester

Christmas in

THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS MARKET IS BACK

16 NOV – 22 DEC 2018

christmasinchester.com


22

This Christmas

we’re off on a

wonderful journey

Based on the classic MGM motion picture and

featuring the songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow

and We’re Off To See The Wizard

By L. Frank Baum

With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg Background Music by Herbert Stothart

Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard Orchestration by Larry Wilcox Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company

Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co and distributed in all media by Warner Bros

ONLY AT STORYHOUSE

7 DEC – 6 JAN

BOOK NOW

storyhouse.com


23

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines