Sunday, 26 May 2013

Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas Cheshire.

I had always fancied visiting the Cholmondeley arms ever since reading Clarissa Dickson Wright's (of two fat ladies) autobiography "Rifling through my draws" this is the place Clarissa stays when she wants to get away from it all to write. Locals talk of seeing her popping in and out of the kitchen and sometimes sitting at the bar chatting and mingling with the locals. She also rates the food quite highly. So when we found ourselves near Malpas last year we made a point of popping in for Sunday lunch.

I was not blogging then, but after a house viewing this afternoon in Kingsley, Cheshire we found another opportunity to drop in to the Cholmondeley arms for lunch.

Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside the Cholmondeley arms was formerly a Victorian village schoolhouse on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate. Dating back to 1862 the school was converted in 1988. The old schoolhouse was originally converted into a village pub by Julian and Ginny Harrison and Guy and Carolyn Ross-Lowe whom Clarissa talks highly of in her book.

Cholmondely arms is the kind of pub you imagine a real country pub to be.
A sandblasted bare brick interior with very high ceilings, bunches of hops hang on the walls and decorate the bar. It still has that old school feel to it with a mish-mash of wooden tables and chairs, menu's and drinks lists written on Blackboards.

There is a very large beer garden to the front and side of the pub which was heaving with diners, not surprising as we had glorious weather today.
Inside was quieter when we first arrived but that soon started to fill quite quickly. On both of our visits we have found the pub to have a great atmosphere, staff are very friendly and the food is fantastic. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough.

If you find yourself in the area pop in you won't be disappointed!
You can check out there menu HERE

Oh and if you are partial to a drop of Gin they serve over 200 types! and if you drink too many they have fantastic quest rooms. Check rooms and rates HERE

Charming entrance to the Cholmondely arms

The Sunday lunch today was as good as we remembered. Prime roast rib of Cheshire beef, was cooked to perfection with roast potatoes, red cabbage, fresh seasonal vegetables with yorkshire pudding and gravy.

Sue's iced Grand Marnier Souffle

Custard and gingerbread tart with roasted rhubarb

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