The Partridge Pub with rooms in Stretton, Cheshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Revamped inn minutes from M56
  • Stylish, comfortable interior
  • Good pub food from open kitchen
  • Contemporary new rooms
  • Best motorway pit stop for miles

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Overview

The Partridge Stretton, Cheshire, WA4 4LX

The personal touch

Niche pub group 16 Hospitality purchased the former Hollow Tree pub in September 2016 and set about transforming the striking brick building into an authentic country pub with rooms. Sympathetically restored and extensively refurbished, they pushed open the doors of the new-look Partridge in May 2017 to reveal a contemporary-smart and comfortable interior and ten spanking new rooms in the former children’s ‘Funhouse’ play rooms at the rear of the pub. It has proved an inspired acquisition despite and probably due to its very close proximity to the M56. The Partridge is certainly the best motorway pit stop for miles, offering weary leisure and business travellers a fantastic alternative to a faceless Travel Inn. However, locals love the pub too as a dining destination and it’s a comfortable base for exploring the Cheshire countryside and for visiting Chester, Tatton Park, Liverpool and Manchester, both just 35 minutes drive away. Expect an open-plan bar and dining areas, with an open-to-view kitchen, cosy corners with log fires and a stylish modern pub décor – wood, tiled and carpeted floors, upholstered banquettes and wing chairs, rich fabrics, and glass-fronted wine racks. Service is efficient, friendly and smiley from well-trained staff.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a warm welcome with kids allowed in the pub until 9pm. They have their own ‘younger guests’ menu and kids can let off steam in the safe side garden. Two rooms interconnect to create a family suite.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar (water bowl; jar of bones & treats) and in the bedroom in the old barn as it has direct access to the garden.

Alfresco

The splendid front terrace (teak tables & chairs; big terracotta pots planted with box) is the place to sit on summer evenings.

 

What’s the Damage?
10 doubles/twin £100 – £140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Darwin Room seats 14)
  • Disabled access to pub, restaurant & 1 bedroom
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Partridge Stretton, Cheshire, WA4 4LX

Do not disturb

The former ‘Funhouse’ playrooms have been cleverly converted into 9 contemporary new bedrooms, with a further room (dog friendly) situated in an old beamed barn. All are on the ground floor, one is equipped for disabled guests, and all are similar in style and décor, however the standard and quality of the refurbishment is very good. Carpeted, cosy and comfortable with wall-controlled heating, big beds with plank headboards, quality linen, down and woollen throws, plus reading lights and modern painted furniture and a few rooms have space for two easy chairs and a table. Tiled bathrooms have wooden floors with under floor heating, modern fittings, Bath Tub toiletries and power showers – larger rooms have bigger bathrooms with vast walk-in monsoon showers and double sinks. Tea pigs, fresh coffee, a jug of milk delivered to door, Smart TVs, and excellent soundproofing (motorway noise is a murmur) complete the picture.

 

 

 

What’s the Damage?
10 doubles/twin £100 – £140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Darwin Room seats 14)
  • Disabled access to pub, restaurant & 1 bedroom
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Partridge Stretton, Cheshire, WA4 4LX

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.95-£6.95; Main Courses: £10.95-£10.60; Desserts £5.95)

From the open to view kitchen, the busy kitchen team delivers pub classics (with a twist) all day, every day, the seasonal printed menu proving a real crowd-pleaser since the pub re-opened in May 2017. Supplemented by daily specials, perhaps corned beef hash cake, fried egg and brown sauce, and fresh tuna with roasted pepper, almond and apple salad, the food draws in loyal locals and M56 travellers keen to shun the services in favour of well cooked and good value pub food. Typically, start with chargrilled asparagus, crispy duck egg and hollandaise, or potted mackerel, toasted ciabatta and horseradish, then tuck into healthy salmon Nicoise, a classic burger, duo of lamb (cutlet & shepherd’s pie) with pea puree, or 21-day aged Welsh rib-eye steak (Bwydlyn Butcher, Pwllheli) served with chips, roasted vine tomatoes, fat chips and peppercorn sauce. Daytime dishes to snack on include a soup and sandwich (roast ham & piccalilli), steak ciabatta and a fish finger butty with mushy peas and tartare sauce. Behind the bar you’ll find decent local beers (Black Sheep, Big Clock PALS Blonde, Weetwood Best) and a short list of wines (11 by the glass).

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 11am (from 8am Saturday & Sunday)
Food all day: 11am – 10pm (9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

7am – 11pm (from 8am Saturday; 8am – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
10 doubles/twin £100 – £140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Darwin Room seats 14)
  • Disabled access to pub, restaurant & 1 bedroom
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Partridge

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Willington Fruit Farm and Farm Shop, Willington, Kelsall CW6 0PH

You might recognise the home-pressed apple juice sold at this well-stocked farm shop as it appears on the drinks list at the Cholmondeley Arms and The Roebuck. Apart from farm-made apple juice and cider, there is a vast range of local fruit and veg, honey, cheese, eggs and ice cream. From June onwards, you can buy strawberries picked straight from the field. Closed Mon-Wed.

3

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop, Moseley Hall Farm, Chelford Road, Knutsford WA16 8RB

A wonderful farm shop whose philosophy of ‘fresh, local and simple’ really shines out in the produce they stock. A family run farm for more than 65 years, they’ve now branched out and are selling their produce (and some tempting bits and pieces from other Cheshire suppliers) in their farm shop. There’s also a deli filled with an array of temptation and foods you never thought you needed, or you could stay for lunch in their café and have all those temptations served up on a plate for you – literally!

4

Cheshire Smokehouse, Vost Farm, Morley Green SK9 5NU

Another incredible farm shop, deli and café – prepare to leave bankrupt but with the best bag full of goodies! Allow a good amount of time to wander around, as there’s an unbelievable amount to browse – a real treat for the senses.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Partridge

Activities

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Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich CW9 6FW

Perched like a giant iron spider on the bank of the River Weaver, the Anderton Boat Lift was constructed in 1875 to hoist cargo boats 60 feet from the Weaver Navigation to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Take a trip aboard the Edwin Clark and find out more.

29

Chester Races CH1 2LY

If you fancy a flutter, head for Chester, which boasts the oldest racecourse in Britain. This is where you can enjoy the sport of kings at its most stylish and glamorous.

30

Gauntlet Birds of Prey Centre, Knutsford WA16 0SX

With the emphasis on conservation and education, the Gauntlet Birds of Prey Centre houses more than 120 birds from 46 different species – from eagles and hawks to vultures and owls. There is also the chance to handle and fly the eagles – a rare privilege.

Shopping

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Churche's Mansion Antiques Centre, Nantwich CW5 5RY

A splendid timber-framed Elizabethan mansion that luckily escaped the Great Fire of Nantwich in 1583. Grade I listed, it’s a rare survivor and is now home to an antiques shop specialising in furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They have a great selection of Windsor chairs and also antique Welsh oak furniture as well as smaller pieces.

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Glamorous of Knutsford WA16 6EH

Described by its owners as a ‘family-run, friendly and feminine boutique’, Glamorous of Knutsford is ‘fashion-forward’ in terms of its stock, yet classic and wearable. Brands include Made in Italy, John Zack and Soma London.

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Vintage Angel Design, Altrincham WA14 1BA

This is just the place for handmade glittered cards, gift boxes, pretty paper crowns, vintage-style party embellishments, exclusive, shabby chic and hand-decorated furnishings. There is also handpicked vintage china, painted furniture, giftware and seasonal decorations.

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The Hat Place, Chester CH1 2HT

Chester’s only hat shop, The Hat Place is a family-run business where the motto is to provide fellow hat lovers with all the styles and brands available.

23

City Walls Books and Music, Chester CH1 2JG

You’ll discover a wide range of secondhand and collectable books at this delightful shop on Chester’s ancient city walls. Chances are you’ll stumble upon it while actually walking the walls, which is a rather novel experience. The shop even gets a mention in Stuart Maconie’s wistful, best-selling study of the North of England, Pies and Prejudice.

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Knutsford Antiques Centre WA16 6EH

Outside, the Knutsford Antiques Centre is all quaint sash windows and ivy-covered walls, while inside there is floor after floor of antiques and bags of period charm. Discover a fascinating world of furniture, crockery, glassware and fine bone china in the heart of Cheshire. The top floor of the building is devoted to shelves of old books.

25

Knutsford Bloom WA16 6DX

Dazzling flowers, pots, plants and gorgeous displays as well as a variety of fabulous fragrant smells capture the attention as you step through the doors of Knutsford Bloom. There is also a little gift shop stocked with unique and unusual items.

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Traders Outlet, Altrincham WA14 2PU

In the middle of chic Cheshire, you’ll find a shoppers’ heaven. This is the venue for shopping on three floors – over 35 local independent businesses co-exist here, including fashion, home and crafts.

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Toycraft, Chester CH1 2LB

Family-run Toycraft, in the city’s Watergate Street, prides itself on being both traditional and inspirational. Here, you’ll find soft toys, jigsaws and games and just about anything else of quality to keep children – not to mention many adults – amused and well-occupied for hours on end. There’s a great atmosphere here and fun for all the family.

Places to visit

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Erdigg, Wrexham LL13 0YT

This very atmospheric country house dates to the 18th century and is ideal for exploring 250 years of the life (both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs') of a gentry family. There's a unique collection of servants' portraits, as well as fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers, plus a 485-hectare country park and formal walled garden.

3

Nantwich Museum CW5 5BQ

Small local museum with displays about (amongst other things) Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich's Great Fire, the English Civil War and the Battle of Nantwich (1644). The Millennium Gallery houses a diverse selection of temporary exhibits.

4

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Chapel Lane, Beeston CW6 9JX

In a dramatic setting, perched on a high crag, the 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views. You can see eight counties on a clear day, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. As well as the views, there's lovely woodland to explore, with wildlife trails, regular events, and the chance of a bacon sandwich.

5

Cholmondeley Castle, Cholmondeley, Malpas SY14 8AH

A delightful early nineteenth century Gothic castle, with turrets and battlements and beautiful gardens, still home to the Cholmondeley family. There are fifty acres of stunning ornamental gardens, which have been extensively developed over the past sixty years by Lady Lavinia Cholmondeley, and 670 acres of historic parkland. The hugely popular, annual festival of motorsport, the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, with racing, demonstrations and displays, is held at the Castle. (The castle is not open to the public except groups by prior arrangement).

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Stretton Watermill, Stretton SY14 7HS

One of the best preserved demonstration water-powered corn mills in the country. Visitors can see the ancient wooden machinery in action, hear about the history of the mill, have a go at milling grain, work miniature models, and enjoy the beautiful countryside setting.

11

Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6QN

Situated in 1,000 acres of superb deer park a stone’s throw from picturesque Knutsford, Tatton Park offers plenty to gladden the eye and capture the imagination. In the main mansion, you can witness life above and below stairs; then, back outside, take the children to see Tatton’s working farm. Throughout the year, this popular National Trust estate hosts more than one hundred events.

12

Knutsford Heritage Centre WA16 6ED

Located in a reconstructed 17th-century, timber-framed building on King Street, Knutsford Heritage Centre has three galleries spread over two buildings, two beautifully maintained gardens and a well-stocked gift shop. Expect an impressive exhibition programme, demonstrations, walks, talks and activities. The centre, home of the remarkable Knutsford Millennium Tapestry, also tells the story of Cranford novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65), who spent her formative years in the town.

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester M13 9LW

If you’re a fan of Elizabeth Gaskell, you’ll want to make a point of visiting 84, Plymouth Grove, her Grade II-listed Regency-style villa in Manchester, where she entertained many friends and social contacts – Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte among them. Gaskell’s wedding veil and passport are among many items on display. The house also hosts a year-round programme of talks and concerts.

14

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield SK11 9DL

If you are a certain age, Jodrell Bank is a name from the past that exudes a real sense of excitement for those fascinated by the mysteries of the Universe. Set up in 1945 to investigate cosmic rays, it later played a vital role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars and gravitational lenses. Jodrell Bank was also involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Race. A visit to the discovery centre, complete with its own planet, space and star pavilions, explains everything in fascinating detail.

15

Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

Magnificent National Trust moated mansion set in spectacular parkland and including a deer park, formal avenues and woodland. Inside the house are many paintings and a significant collection of Huguenot silver among many other items.

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Warrington Museum and Art Gallery WA1 1DR

In Warrington’s cultural quarter, you’ll find over 200,000 objects covering ethnology, archaeology, numismatics, local and social history, natural science and fine art. Here, you can travel through time and around the world.

17

Little Moreton Hall, Congleton CW12 4SO

Beautifully designed, half-timbered Tudor manor house with a manicured knot garden. A National Trust guide describes Little Moreton Hall as being ‘straight from a fairy story, a gingerbread house.’

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Imperial War Museum North, Manchester M17 1TZ

There’s plenty to see and learn at IWM North. Take a tour around this aluminium-clad, futuristic-looking venue and you’ll find this is where exhibitions and events cover real stories of war, from the horrors of the First World War to today.

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The Lowry, Salford M50 3AZ

One of Manchester’s iconic visitor attractions, The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex, located at dazzling, rejuvenated Salford Quays. If you happen to be a fan of L.S. Lowry (1887-1976), 300 works by the renowned Lancashire artist can be seen here.

Walking

www.sandstonetrail.com
www.visitcheshire.com
Cheshire offers plenty for walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. The Sandstone Trail provides unbroken and often elevated walking, from Frodsham on the Mersey Estuary to Georgian Whitchurch in north Shropshire; and there are plenty of other walks as well, taking in wild moorland and rocky ridges, or delightful towns and villages. Further west, the Offa’s Dyke Path follows the Welsh border down from Prestatyn.

Cycling

www.visitcheshire.com
A great selection of cycle routes suitable for everyone can be found in Cheshire. There are nice flat canal towpaths and gentle inclines as well as serious downhills and exciting off-roading. The Cheshire Cycleway offers 176 miles of varied terrain, and there are also several National Cycle Network routes in the area.

Events

www.visitcheshire.com
The Chester Food and Drink Festival takes place at Chester Racecourse at Easter, and then there’s the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards in July, the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival in September, along with the Cheshire Food Festival and then the North West Food Lovers Festival in October. Rewind North, the 80s Music Festival, takes place in August, and the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (just one of many events at Tatton Park) in July.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: On A49, just 2 minutes south of M56 (junction 10)

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Warrington (5 miles)

Address:

, Stretton, Cheshire, WA4 4LX

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