24 July 2014

Chetwode Arms

Lower Whitley, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4EN

£34.00 Gastropub Cheshire
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  • Wine: £13.95
  • Champagne: £29.95
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-9.30pm (Sat -10pm) Sun 12N-7pm

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If you like your country pubs winding & warren-like, then this atmospheric 400-year-old brick hostelry is for you. Choosing where to sit could be difficult though: there’s a tap room which welcomes dogs, a tiny bar with a log fire, a snug & several dining rooms. The menu leans towards tried & tested classics (game pie, beef Wellington, salmon fishcakes), & also adopts a South African cooking method, grilling locally sourced produce (anything from king prawns to venison) on heated ‘black rocks’ of granite. Wash it all down with one of eight wines by the glass or choose from one of four real ales. Before you leave ask the staff about the resident ghosts & the alleged tunnel between the pub, the vicarage & St Luke’s Church, believed to be the oldest brick-built church in England.

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  1. Despite being located but a stone’s throw from my abode, I’d only ever been to the Chetwode Arms once. I found it to be expensive - astronomically so – and could still recollect with alarming clarity the palpitations, chest pains and shortness of breath that accompanied the arrival of the bill. On a positive note, Pete Waterman was there that evening. Apparently it’s his local, and he’s mighty attached to it. He would never, by all accounts, give it up, let it down, run around or desert it (to quote Waterman protégé Rick Astley, Newton-le-Willows’ most notorious musical exponent). This is as picturesque a country pub as you could ever hope to encounter. Located just off the A49 – a road so appealing to tractors that they feel the need to converge on it in vast numbers during rush hour – it sits roughly equidistant between Warrington and Northwich. The proprietors are South African and, whilst this influence doesn’t predominate in terms of the menu’s composition, it certainly informs it a smidgen...
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Essential Details for Chetwode Arms

  • Address: Lower Whitley, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4EN
  • Telephone: 01925 730 203
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-9.30pm (Sat -10pm) Sun 12N-7pm

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