A modern and stylish restaurant setting awaits within this unassuming Gothic, Grade II listed…
“Good ale and good food in an elegant setting”
Just outside Wrexham, but set in a country estate of gentle hills, woods and meres, this astonishing Tudor manor house stands at the end of a long, sweeping drive. Timber framed gables overlook award-winning gardens, whilst the interior retains many characteristics of its origins. Brick fireplaces, nooks and crannies, alcoves and quiet corners all help to create an overriding feel of an Edwardian country house. Splendid real ales from breweries like Stonehouse and Weetwood head up a great selection of ales, with real ciders adding local colour. From the kitchen emerge contemporary British dishes. Starters chime in with pan-fried pigeon breast with a blackberry and juniper jus, which might be followed by pan-fried sea bass fillets with crab risotto and langoustine bisque; or game suet pudding with mash and red wine gravy. A range of sandwiches and wraps offer lighter lunchtime options.
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About the area
Although the collieries and steelworks on which the town of Wrexham prospered are largely things of the past, this bustling town is still the largest in north Wales. The town desperately wants to be a city and has applied for the status three times since the turn of the millennium. A plan is afoot to establish a ‘city region’ encompassing Wrexham, Deeside and Chester.
Heading south, prepare to be gobsmacked when you reach Chirk, where Thomas Telford’s magnificent 10-arched aqueduct was built in 1801 to convey the canal more than 70 feet above the bottom of the valley. What’s more, alongside it is an even taller viaduct, built by Henry Robertson in 1840 to carry the railway. Both were used to carry coal from the once-thriving Flintshire coalfields.
The other main feature of Chirk is its 14th-century castle, which stands proudly overlooking the town and the Ceiriog Valley, an area described by Lloyd George as ‘a little bit of heaven on Earth’. Despite its stunning scenery and easy accessibility, the valley is something of a secret. It lies immediately south of the Vale of Llangollen, and has been dubbed ‘little Switzerland’ for its lush green hills, dotted with small farms.
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