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The best country pubs near Manchester and Liverpool

8 months ago

If you’re looking for some fresh air and a lovely bit of proper pub grub, Confidential Guides has got you with our pick of country pubs, updated for 2023. They’re all within 90-minutes’ drive of Manchester and Liverpool. And the good news? Many are dog friendly too, so you can take a hike around our green and glorious land with your best friend, before tucking in to a great pie and chips.

Does it get any better than this?

  • Seafood at The Assheton Arms, a country pub with rooms to stay overnight, near Pendle Hill and Clitheroe in Lancashire
    Book Now Clitheroe

    Assheton Arms

    Restaurant - British

    The Assheton Arms is a classic country pub – perfect for a stop off after a walk in the Ribble Valley. Given that its wine selection is so good, perhaps you should take advantage of the accommodation – many of the bedrooms have views of Pendle Hill – and turn lunch into a weekend getaway.

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  • The Bells of Peover, a country pub in Cheshire, just south of Knutsford
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    The Bells of Peover

    Restaurant

    There’s a story behind the American and British flags that fly over the entrance to The Bells of Peover, a country dining pub in a village south of Knutsford.

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  • The Bridge, a hotel and restaurant in Prestbury, Cheshire
    Book Now Prestbury

    The Bridge

    Restaurant

    Located in a Grade II Listed building from 1626, The Bridge is full of charm, whether you’re going for a weekend away or Sunday lunch. This hotel and restaurant sits on the banks of the River Bollin in the picturesque Cheshire village of Prestbury, and has been newly refurbished.

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  • One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire
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    The Cartford Inn

    Restaurant - British

    This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef, Chris Bury, whose CV includes the Fat Duck and Claridges, while award-winning suppliers include local wine merchants, D Byrne and Gornall’s dairy, near Preston. The interior, some of which dates back to the 1800s, is packed with wood panels and idiosyncratic artworks while the wider complex takes in glass-clad extensions, an al fresco terrace, and cool, eco-style cabins, integrated into the landscape. A place to get away from it all for a day, or a night – and enjoy some of the best food in the region at the same time.

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  • Outside The Cholmondeley Arms
    Malpas

    The Cholmondeley Arms

    Restaurant - British

    The Cholmondeley Arms, or ‘The Chum’ as it’s known, is a country estate pub that’s as welcoming for four-legged furry folks as it is for us mere two-legged types. Both Sawday’s and the Sunday Telegraph have recognised the pub as a top place to stay with your pup

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  • Food and beer at The Church Inn, a country pub in Cheshire
    Mobberley

    The Church Inn

    Restaurant - British

    The Church Inn is a gorgeous country pub with a big reputation. The food and drink lives up to its quaint chocolate box charm and draws in punters from all over Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

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  • Truffled chicken kiev at The Dysart Arms
    Tarporley

    The Dysart Arms

    Restaurant - British

    The Dysart Arms has roaring fires, antique prints, higgledy-piggledy bookshelves kind of look while being quite light and airy at the same time. There’s also a lovely beer garden overlooking the churchyard. It’s a good place to finish off a country walk – in fact, you can download a circular route from the pub’s website.

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  • Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors
    Ramsbottom

    Eagle & Child

    Restaurant - British

    The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

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  • Food at The Fishpool Inn
    Northwich

    The Fishpool Inn

    Restaurant - British

    The Fishpool Inn is just on the edge of Delamere Forest. Walk up an appetite and then tuck in to hearty pub food. After all, it tastes better when you’ve earned it.

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  • Cocktails at the Fox & Barrel
    Tarporley

    Fox & Barrel

    Restaurant - British

    The Fox & Barrel is a traditional Cheshire country pub with seasonal food, a good wine list and some very good gin too. For the most part, it offers exactly what you’d expect and a bit more – cracking Sunday roasts, an open fire with snug seating, handpumps on the bar and tables on the terrace.

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  • Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire
    Clitheroe

    Freemasons at Wiswell

    Restaurant - British

    Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.

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  • Knutsford

    The Golden Pheasant Plumley

    Restaurant - Global

    Full of character and history, The Golden Pheasant is a cosy village inn with real fires, dog-friendly sections inside, and large gardens with a children’s play area and views of the Cheshire countryside. There’s also award-winning JW Lees cask ales and seasonal home cooked food.

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  • The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.
    Clitheroe

    Parker’s Arms

    Restaurant - European

    The Parker’s Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

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  • Outside The Pheasant Inn in Cheshire
    Tattenhall

    The Pheasant Inn

    Restaurant - British

    The Pheasant Inn is a cut above when it comes to country pubs. Enjoy a drink in the sunshine looking out at the rolling Peckforton Hills or take in the atmosphere of the pub itself which has been standing since the 17th century. It’s full of cosy nooks, exposed beams and country inn character.

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  • The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire
    Mobberley

    The Roebuck Inn

    Restaurant - British

    Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of The Roebuck Inn is owned by Cheshire Cat Pubs. The Grade II Listed building is now a bonafide ‘rustic country inn’ with six bedrooms, a bar, a bistro and a tiered beer garden.

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  • The Swettenham Arms
    Congleton

    The Swettenham Arms

    Restaurant

    The Swettenham Arms is in an idyllic location, right next to the Lovell Quinta Aboretum. The pub even has its own lavender field, wafting soothing floral notes over outdoor drinkers. The Swettenham Arms itself is pretty idyllic too, dating from the 1500s. With all that history, it’s no surprise that it claims to be haunted.

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  • A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor
    Lydgate

    The White Hart at Lydgate

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet above sea level, where Saddleworth Moor starts, the restaurant is in an impressive former coaching house, and it’s a place for all: there’s a restaurant and brasserie with two AA rosettes, a pub, function areas and a boutique hotel.

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  • Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker
    Burnley

    The White Swan at Fence

    Restaurant - British

    Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.

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