Dating from the 18th century, The Ship overlooks the Dee Estuary and offers a range of modern,…
“Free house with fine views of the Welsh mountains”
Parkgate’s port is now silted up, but the views from The Parade across what is now the RSPB’s Dee Estuary bird reserve to the Welsh coast don’t change. With 18th-century origins, The Ship was regularly visited by Lord Nelson and his mistress Lady Hamilton, who had been born in nearby Neston. Real ale names to conjure with in the contemporary bar include Trapper’s Hat from Wirral brewery Brimstage and Weetwood Oast-House Gold from Cheshire. Enjoy home-made food by the fire, with options such as garlic and herb roasted lamb rump; Goan curry with scented lemon and coriander rice; steak and ale pie; aubergine, mixed bean, tomato and basil cassoulet, and specials.
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Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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