Bell Lane, Thelwall, Warrington, WA4 2SX
With a long history as a beloved home to the Percival family, whose crest has been adopted as the pub’s sign, Little Manor in Old Thelwall dates back to 1660 – it’s the perfect olde-worlde setting for a charming pub. In keeping with its traditional and homely setting, Little Manor boasts a fantastic bill of British fare and a range of local cask ales. Settle down by one of the roaring fires or select a table with views over the beautiful gardens that stretch to the village green beyond. You might start with a Prosecco cocktail like the Peach Bellini and whet your appetite with some herb-marinated olives or warm foccacia and oil. The perfect sharing starter is the charcuterie plate for two: a selection of cured meats, parfait, hummus and pickle served with toast. The pickled white crab with crab croquettes, avocado and pickled cucumber salad is equally delicious. While the menus change daily, the quality is consistent. You’re sure to be impressed by the likes of braised shoulder of lamb with new potatoes, carrot mash, and rosemary gravy, and pan-fried sea bass fillets with mussels, bacon and potato. For a light lunch, you might plump for a sandwich or Ploughman’s. The chef’s selection of fresh desserts is notoriously hard to resist.