Wild about The Boar
A hearty welcome in Walgherton
The historic gastro pub, The Boars Head, in the picturesque Cheshire village of Walgherton near Nantwich, opened just over a year ago, after a stunning £750,000 transformation. Add a glowing reputation for excellent fresh, locally sourced food and a comprehensive drinks list-including superb cocktails- and it means that The Boars Head is already attracting bookings for Christmas.
‘That’s because we’re special all year around and so guests trust that our Christmas menus won’t let them down,’ smiles Phil Sharp, a director of the Staffordshire based Parogon group, formed in 2006 by a group of friends, who met on their first day in school.
‘We take personal pride in our pubs, which means a top notch experience for our guests: we happily go that extra mile. Our booking system is live online, so guests see exactly what tables are available at any given time but, of course, we take telephone bookings too,’ says Phil, who decided that The Boars Head would be the group’s first foray into Cheshire.
‘It’s always been a landmark pub and we knew that we could make it into a destination pub in its own right. I think we’ve succeeded,’ says Phil.
Unique historical features have been retained: the huge original front door, the mellow brickwork and impressive chimney stacks, all which combine to make it charmingly pretty. The adjoining barn is utilised as the kitchens and the grounds are now home to a landscaped beer garden. Inside, there is an air of muted sophistication coupled with rural
charm. Floors are herringbone oak or limestone flagged and luxurious seating includes hide backed chairs. A hint of industrial chic is in the corrugated iron bar area and some styles of lighting. There are several spaces in which to enjoy a drink or a meal: in front of an extraordinarily large log burner-perfect for a cosy Christmas get together- or in the stylish glazed, oak framed room. Keep an eye out for works of art in the shape of a boar- some obvious like the huge iron boar’s head, others more subtle such as those hiding in maps.
It all makes the perfect welcoming setting to enjoy delicious gastro pub food. ‘Food is freshly prepared by our talented team and locally and sustainably sourced where possible - even our china is sourced from the nearby Potteries - and I know it’s good because I’ve tasted all of it,’ smiles Phil. There are 28 day aged steaks, fish, shellfish, pizzas and favourites such as: Thai green curry; pan roasted calves’ liver and slow roasted belly pork. Vegetarians and vegans are amply catered for with delicious dishes such as Moroccan tofu skewers and cannellini bean and mushroom ‘meatball’ curry- a favourite with carnivores too! The Deli Sharers for two have their own fan base and include: Pub Classics, Sizzling Crispy Duck, Fish and a Japanese sharer that includes smoked salmon and crayfish sushi rolls.
The menu is changed twice yearly but Christmas ushers in the much anticipated festive menus-main and lunch- available from the 1st to the 24th December. ‘The Boars Head lends itself brilliantly to Christmas. There is nothing garish here, everything strikes the right note and we know that the discerning diners of Cheshire appreciate that,’ says Phil whose decision to venture into Cheshire deserves a ‘cheers’ all round. www.theboarsheadnantwich.co.uk
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