The Bear’s Paw Pub with rooms in Warmingham, Cheshire

Prices from:
£115 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Rural Cheshire hideaway yet close to M6
  • Stylish, informal gastropub look and feel
  • Good all-day food; local produce
  • Smart boutique bedrooms
  • Dogs and kids very welcome

Good for WalkingCandlelitClose to WaterVisit a Stately Pile15 Minutes from the Motorway

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The Bear’s Paw Warmingham, Cheshire, CW11 3QN

The personal touch

Well off the beaten track in a pretty village, yet easily accessible from the M6 (J17) at Sandbach, and saved from the ravages of a huge fire by Nelson Hotels in 2009 is this rather grand-looking and vibrantly refurbished 19th-century Inn. Step in to a grand space where huge fireplaces surrounded by leather armchairs, bookshelves and hundreds of pictures and archive photos hold sway in the midst of yards of perfectly jointed oak panelling and flooring. But there’s no Gentlemen’s Club pomposity here as easy-going clientele are attended to with a cheery and sincere approach. The Bear’s Paw is sister inn to the Pheasant Inn at Higher Burwardsley in the Peckforton Hills, near Tattenhall (see entry).

Sticky fingers

Kids are very welcome at the Bear’s Paw; there’s fresh food on the “Little Bears’ menu and sofa beds are available in the executive and superior rooms (£15 per child)

Muddy paws

With great walks on the doorstep, your four-legged friend is most welcome in the bar and to stay overnight


Sunny days and balmy summer evenings can be spent in the small front beer garden

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles/twin: £115-£145; single £105-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining rooms
  • Parking


AA 5 Silver Star Inn & 1 Rosette


The Bear’s Paw Warmingham, Cheshire, CW11 3QN

Do not disturb

Upstairs, you’ll sleep soundly in any of the seventeen superb bedrooms, all are a treat, all slightly different, with designer fixtures and fittings, funky fabrics, contemporary art and wallpaper; some overlook the church; other enjoy serene country views. Bathrooms are sleek with granite tops, rain showers, the softest towels and robes and posh Spa by Kasia toiletries; the best rooms and those in the attic boast a tub and separate walk-in shower. Plus, expect Apple TVs, Wi-Fi and media hubs, fresh coffee, decent teas and homemade biscuits.





What’s the Damage?

17 doubles/twin: £115-£145; single £105-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining rooms
  • Parking


AA 5 Silver Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Bear’s Paw Warmingham, Cheshire, CW11 3QN

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£7.95; Main Courses: £10.95-£27.50; Desserts £6.25)

Whether you’re sat out front looking across to the churchyard or inside, there is plenty of comfortable dining space at the Bear’s Paw. The seasonal menus are extensive and cleverly blend classics with modern twists; try the herb-crusted rump of lamb with gratin potatoes, roasted root vegetables and a rosemary and redcurrant sauce, or sea bass with saffron potatoes, crab mayonnaise and aioli. There are delicious bar nibbles (scotch egg with chutney), sharing boards and great sandwiches too for those with a little less time or appetite on their side. Desserts come in for some special attention too – stem ginger Bakewell tart with blackcurrant compote or sticky date and toffee pudding. The bar plays host to no less than six cask ales, several from Weetwood, with also Titanic Lifeboat and Beartown Kodiak Gold. There are also premium brand spirits, twelve malts and an excellent wine list with helpful tasting notes written up on a blackboard. Coffee is freshly ground Illy beans and afternoon teas are served daily from May.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 10am
Food all day: 12 noon – 9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday; 9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles/twin: £115-£145; single £105-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining rooms
  • Parking


AA 5 Silver Star Inn & 1 Rosette

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 –

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Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Tattenhall CH3 9NE

The Cholmondeley Arms serves a few of the 40-plus varieties of Cheshire Farm ice creams and sorbets on its menu, but if you still want to taste more, visit this family-run business and see how it's made. With a play barn for the kids and a cafe for the grown-ups, it's no wonder the farm attracts 500,000 visitors each year.


Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Newcastle Road, Nantwich CW5 7EL

Award-winning farm shop offering top quality local food including plenty made on site. They are so proud of their 'perfect sausages' that you can order them online by the. Great for browsing as well as shopping and there's a cafe too.


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.


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!


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.


The Three Greyhounds Inn, Allostock WA16 9JY

Part of Tim & Mary’s select Cheshire Cat Pubs, this smartly refurbished freehouse is worth the drive out for a spot of lunch. Situated the other side of the M6 deep in unspoilt Cheshire countryside, it boasts a cosy and intimate layout with four fires and, as you would expect, great food and drink menus.

Out & About

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Mottram Hall, Mottram SK10 4QT

Only a short drive from the Roebuck, Mottram Hall is the ideal venue for a day spa with the use of swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. If you prefer the great outdoors, try the ‘pay and play’ 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course.


Curzon Cinema, Knutsford WA16 0PE

The refurbished 178-seat Curzon offers a movie experience in the real sense. There’s one small screen, the place is clean, comfortable and quiet and it’s the perfect venue for sitting back and enjoying some great and varied cinema. There’s also a licensed bar and café.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


Pyramid Designer Glassware & Gifts, Chester CH1 2DY

Established in 1997, Pyramid is now acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading glassware retailers. Here, you’ll find an impressive choice of quality glass art and glass sculptures, in addition to many other items.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.’


Quarry Bank Mill, Styal SK9 4LA

Quarry Bank is an18th-century cotton mill, complete with working machinery powered by steam and a water wheel. Learn all about the work done at the mill and its key role in the Industrial Revolution.


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.


The Bear’s Paw is ideally placed for lots of varied walks in leafy Cheshire and the hills of Derbyshire. The western boundary of the glorious Peak District is just a few miles away. Two popular routes – the Gritstone Trail, with fantastic views towards the cathedrals of Liverpool, and the Sandstone Trail, which crosses Cheshire into Shropshire– take walkers to the heart of this unspoiled corner of the North-West.


From easy canal towpaths in Cheshire to rugged Peak District grandeur in neighbouring Derbyshire, there is certainly plenty of choice for a rewarding cycle ride while staying at the Bear’s Paw. As well as several national cycle network routes, there’s the very popular Cheshire Cycleway, running for 176 miles. You probably won’t have time to fit it all in during one visit but try completing different stages of the route. It’s well worth the effort.


This part of the North-West is packed with exciting events and fun-filled festivals. Look out for motorsport in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle at Malpas, there’s the annual RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, summer concerts at the Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, the Cheshire Game and Country Fair at Knutsford and the Arley Christmas floral extravaganza.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Warmingham is signposted from A533 between Sandbach and Middlewich

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Sandbach (4 miles)


, Warmingham, Cheshire, CW11 3QN

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