Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Located about five miles to the west of Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, The Frozen Mop reopened in May 2007 unveiling a dramatic transformation. Instead of a run-down family pub serving microwaved meals, you will now find an immaculate, stylish establishment serving some of the best fresh food in Cheshire. The pub itself has been brought into the 21st Century without compromising the heritage and charm of the building. Outside you'll find a beautiful decked area ideal for alfresco summer dining or a chilled glass of wine. Inside, all traces of franchise blanditude have been erased and replaced with elegant comfort-zone seating in innocuous tones of eau de nil in the bar area, with sturdy dining furniture and subtle lighting in the dining rooms. Overall, the design is a cross between a charming country pub and modern minimalism; it strikes a wonderful balance, much like the food. Our starters of freshly grilled asparagus with a perfectly poached egg and smoked trout paté were both gorgeous. Where such brilliant ingredients are used, the skill of the cooking is to keep as light a touch as possible, and the brigade at The Frozen Mop certainly achieve this. Main courses, for us, were Moroccan lamb cutlets with chorizo, and sea bass fillets with saffron potatoes. Both dishes were delicious, with balanced flavours that weRenét too heavy, and cooked to perfection - especially the lamb, which was perfectly pink. A massive wedge of ginger sticky toffee pudding and a wonderfully light raspberry tiramisu completed our meal, and were washed down with two of the finest cappuccinos outside of Rome. Our overall impression of The Frozen Mop was that it is definitely still a pub, but one we had not seen the likes of before. The clever menu means that you can just as easily pop in for a light lunch as for a celebratory meal. A great selection of 13 different beers and 40 wines demonstrates that they take their drinking as seriously as the food. Highly recommended.