Reviewed: The Vicarage and The Courthouse

June 4, 2018

We visited a refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed country pub, restaurant and hotel in the heart of Cheshire our home for the night – we also checked out its Courthouse restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire


The Vicarage

Owned by a family run group with local roots, the rural hotel is both aesthetically pleasing as it is welcoming. From its quirky décor seamlessly paired with country comforts, to its championing of local British seasonal produce each of its 26 en-suite bedrooms are decorated with unique personality where comfort is King.


Having recently launched six signature rooms earlier this year in the oldest part of the building and with further plans to launch an additional three rooms later this year, it’s a hotel on the rise. Snug areas, a games room and a welcoming restaurant, bar and library complete the luxury home from home feel whilst the cosy country pub is fast becoming known as a food-led destination and showcases local producers and artisan supplies in its menus.


We sampled an evening meal and breakfast here during our overnight stay and were more than impressed with the high-quality food matched with their exceptionally friendly, helpful staff and atmospheric, relaxed rural setting.


For our evening meal a sharing platter set the scene and whet our appetite for what was to come! Our mains where a perfectly cooked Sirloin Steak and the incredible Seafood Grill which was so very good - a real must have if you visit. Breakfast was served in a lovely setting complete with high quality ingredients and posh teacups!


The Hotel welcomes all, even your four-legged furry friends, and is available for exclusive private hire or can be sectioned for private parties, events, corporate meetings, birthday celebrations and weddings.


The Courthouse

The stunning, historical Grade II listed property, Knutsford Crown Court, aka the Sessions House, was used by The Ministry of Defence before it was closed and all proceedings moved to Crewe. A fascinating location, which has seen a tale or two in its history was, in March 1952, where Mathematician Alan Turing, a crucial figure during World War Two after breaking the German Enigma codes (see movie The Imitation Game for more info!) was on trial.


After remaining untouched and derelict for several years, Flat Cap Hotels started their vision for the transformation of the iconic venue, restoring the stunning original architecture and adding in décor to suit. The bar is where the judge used to sit – we wonder what he might have to say about the drinking antics!?


The food was incredible. We started proceedings with the cured meat platter which consisted of parma ham, pastrami and chorizo served with olives, pickles, breads and dressed rocket, a great ‘picking foods’ starter (this reviewers ideal!). The salted shin of beef was warm pressed in red wine with Dijon mustard, egg yolk, cornichons and gaufrette potato; it was wonderfully different and showcased the restaurant’s unique menu. The Courthouse burger was the star of the show however served with grilled mushroom, fried onions, Monterrey jack cheese, Buttercross Farm smoked bacon, dill pickle remoulade, brioche bun and fries - it was comfort food at its best. Just to add some healthy into the mix we also opted for a Caesar salad of cos lettuce, cured grated egg yolk, anchovies, parmesan and torn croutes! That was us done, an amazing meal in an incredible, unique and wonderfully unique setting.

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