Wild about The Boar

A hearty wel­come in Wal­gher­ton

Cheshire Life - - Inside - WORDS: Mairead Ma­hon PHO­TOS: John Cocks

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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