Slow Travel Cheshire/1 update information

08/05/2018 14:54

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

Chapter 1: Chester & Wirral
Chapter 2: South Cheshire
Chapter 3: The Heart of the Plain
Chapter 5: Macclesfield & the Peak District
Chapter 6: Stockport & the Cheshire Pandandle
Chapter 7: Northeast Cheshire
Chapter 8: Mersey & northwest Cheshire
Chapter 9: Accommodation

Chapter 1: Chester & Wirral

Chester Zoo

[Updated 2/10/2018] p.34: The zoo does not feature polar bears in its collection.

Food & drink

[Updated 2/10/2018] p.35: Covino 10 Rufus Ct, CH1 2JW 01244 347727. This relative newcomer, tucked away in a small modern courtyard, may have passed us by but you should make a beeline for its excellent wines, many biodynamic, and delicious small dishes of artisan cured meats and cheeses. The intimate bar is set on the first floor – take a table in the bar, which has an industrial-chic feel with its brick walls and bare light bulbs, or, in good weather, a table on the small terrace.

Birkenhead

[Updated 2/10/2018] p.46–9: While you’re in Birkenhead, call by Birkenhead Priory (Priory St CH41 5JH 0151 666 3537 Apr–Sep 13.00–17.00 Wed–Fri, 10.00–17.00 Sat & Sun, Oct–Mar 12.00–16.00 Wed–Fri, 10.00–16.00 Sat & Sun) to see the remains of this once significant spiritual centre, the Benedictine monks from which ran the Mersey ferry. The town also hosts an art collection that focuses on artists from the region at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum (Slatey Rd CH43 4UE 0151 666 3537 10.00–17.00 Wed–Sun).

Chapter 2: South Cheshire

Nantwich

Food & drink

[Updated 2/10/2018] p.87: Teresa’s Ice Cream Parlour has closed.

Chapter 3: The Heart of the Plain

Shopping

[Updated 2/10/2018] p.114: Bookshop at Oakmere has closed

Chapter 5: Macclesfield & the Peak District

Macclesfield 

Food & drink

[Updated 8/10/2018] p. 153: 

Flour Water Salt 9 Market Pl, Macclesfield SK10 1EB 01625 260563 flourwatersalt.co.uk 08.30–14.30 Tue–Sat; 10.00-15.00 on Treacle Market Sundays. This well-respected bakery champions Real Bread and has been producing excellent sourdough, ciabatta and rye breads since 2009, selling its wares at the Treacle Market and supplying local restaurants and shops. Now owners Paul and Eva Robinshaw have gone one better, converting an empty amusement arcade in the heart of Macc into their own little café. And very nice it is, too, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch as well as a grand range of breads, cakes and pastries.

The Random Apple Company Shrigley Fold, Swanscoe, Macclesfield SK10 5SZ 07742 678873 swanscoe.co.uk. Got some apple trees laden with fruit? Take any surplus along to The Random Apple Company in Swanscoe, northeast of Macclesfield, where you can swap them for juice and maybe have a go at pressing some fruit yourself. The ‘Applery’ is based in private grounds, so only open to the public on limited days throughout the season; see the website for details. The same family-run venture is behind The Kitchen, a range of home-made jams, jellies and fruit cheeses, and between now and Christmas there’s a pop-up farm stand every Sunday morning (10.00–12.00), selling these and other home-grown goodies. 

Chapter 6: Stockport & the Cheshire Panhandle 

Stockport & around 

Food & drink

[Updated 8/10/2018] p. 153: The Allotment 

Sadly, Stockport’s wonderful vegan restaurant has decamped to neighbouring Manchester. The last meal at the Stockport premises was served at the end of September 2018 and the restaurant reopens on Lloyd Street in central Manchester on 3 November.

Chapter 7: Northeast Cheshire

Cheshire mountaineers 

[Updated 8/10/2018] p. 236: Apologies for the editing error that crept in to the copy about the Mallory memorial window in the box on Cheshire mountaineers. Towards the end of the first column, instead of referring to ‘a memorial window to Archibald Keightley Nicholson’ the text should, of course, read ‘by Archibald Keightley Nicholson’.

Marton, Siddington & Redesmere

Food & drink

[Updated 8/10/2018] p. 250: Chapeau! New management took over in April 2018 and while the café is still there, the next-door food shop has now gone, replaced by a games shop.

Chapter 8: Mersey & northwest Cheshire

Helsby

Food & drink

[Updated 8/10/2018] p. 284: 

Beer Heroes Helsby Train Station WA6 0BX 01928 890440 beerheroes.com 17.00–21.00 Thu; 14.00–21.00 Fri; 13.00–21.00 Sat; 14.00–20.00 Sun. Head for Helsby station and in one of the old railway buildings there you’ll find a shrine to craft beers, with eight on tap and another 300-odd in bottles and cans, for drinking in or taking away. We found out about this little bottle shop and tap room too late to include it in the first edition – curses – but we’re delighted to see that it’s clearly doing well. In summer 2018 owners Carl and Kelly Ball (motto: ‘saving the world from ordinary beer!’) opened a sister venture in Chester (26 Watergate St CH1 2LA 01244 340393 noon–21.00 daily) with a similar offering.

Chapter 9: Accommodation

Macclesfield & the Peak District

Swythamley Chapel 

[Updated 12/06/2018] Sadly, since the book went to press, this property is no longer available for holiday lets.

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