Lov­ing their work

The new­est en­ter­prise from one of Cheshire’s best known farm shops, 32 by The Hol­lies, is a fab­u­lous new ad­di­tion to the vil­lage of Tar­por­ley Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018 Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018

Cheshire Life - - Food & Drink - Janet Reeder

Ilove Tar­por­ley. It’s one of those Cheshire vil­lages that has charm in spades, lovely in­de­pen­dent shops, cafes and restau­rants. It’s a great place for a girlie af­ter­noon of shop­ping and lunch and now there’s an­other rea­son to adore it: 32 by The Hol­lies.

The Lit­tle Bud­worth farm shop and cafe now has a smart sis­ter op­er­a­tion, a restau­rant with rooms on Tar­por­ley High Street.

It’s such a pretty build­ing and the ru­ral el­e­gance is matched by the com­fort­able but de­sign-savvy in­te­rior decor.

We had de­cided to stay over so we could en­joy din­ner in the restau­rant and were led to pretty room at the front of the build­ing, which had ev­ery­thing we needed; a great telly with loads of chan­nels in­clud­ing Net­flix, air con that was as close to silent as you could get and a gor­geous, large, com­fort­able bed.

As if I couldn’t love it any more, we sat in the buzzing bar and drank glasses of de­cent house white be­fore head­ing to our ta­ble in the din­ing room.

The style is ca­sual din­ing and there’s a con­tem­po­rary feel to the place, per­haps be­cause of the open kitchen where you can see the crew hard at work, cre­at­ing dishes from a small-ish but very tempt­ing menu.

I was bowled over by their ev­i­dent pas­sion for great pro­duce and su­perb cook­ing.

The Hol­lies is a farm shop and pro­duces its own in­gre­di­ents and it shows. Ev­ery­thing tastes great. There’s a whipped goats cheese starter, £7.50, that is el­e­vated by the sharp sweet­ness of plum jam and in­tensely sweet beet­root. The breast of wood­pi­geon, £9.50, is ev­ery­thing you want from an au­tum­nal dish, it’s ac­com­pa­nied by sticky dates and bar­ley and is a real taste of the sea­son, the only quib­ble, we wanted more!

The 12 oz sir­loin, £25 re­stores your faith in steak, pack­ing juicy meaty flavour, it’s quite the hunk. There’s noth­ing pon­cey about this dish. It is what it is, steak, vine toma­toes and chips. But what chips. Kids if you want to know what real fries taste like, come here. The po­tato is sweet, the out­side crisp and light. They are di­vine. I’d come back here for the chips alone.

Ac­tu­ally, I wouldn’t. I’d come back for the gnoc­chi too. A rich and sat­is­fy­ing ren­di­tion of the Ital­ian clas­sic that packs flavour and tex­ture from a mix­ture of can­died wal­nuts, blue cheese, but­ter­nut squash and spinach, £14 - one of the most gor­geous com­fort­ing dishes I’ve had in ages.

Of course by this time, we were more than sat­is­fied but how could we not have dessert? The ap­ple tart tatin, £6.50, a bistro clas­sic was sticky and tof­fee-ish but was ac­tu­ally knocked into sec­ond place by the steamed sticky tof­fee pud­ding with but­ter­scotch sauce, £6.50. The great thing about stay­ing over was we could have break­fast and there is a lovely morn­ing menu that in­cludes real freshly-squeezed juice and ex­cel­lent cof­fee. I loved my avo­cado on sour­dough - well in such con­tem­po­rary sur­round­ings I had to have a trendy break­fast didn’t I? My ad­vice? Book now be­fore they get too pop­u­lar. 32 High Street, Tar­por­ley, CW6 0DY. 01829 738958, 32bythe­hol­lies.co.uk.

“The Hol­lies is a farm shop and pro­duces its own in­gre­di­ents and it shows” eatcheshire

from Her Majesty the Queen for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to busi­ness.

The af­ter­noon was hosted by Mike Perls, founder and CEO of com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tancy MC2, and the fo­cus was on how to sup­port more young peo­ple across the North West; with ex­cit­ing news be­ing shared of the open­ing of a new Prince’s Trust cen­tre in Manch­ester next year. The mis­sion of the Prince’s Trust is to help young peo­ple who are strug­gling; with three in four young peo­ple helped by the Trust mov­ing into work, train­ing or ed­u­ca­tion.

Guests were ad­dressed by a lo­cal Prince’s Trust Young Am­bas­sador, Scott Hef­fer­nan, who with the sup­port of the Trust launched his own tat­too busi­ness, over­com­ing set­backs to launch his com­pany af­ter at­tend­ing the Trust’s En­ter­prise pro­gramme. It was a suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able af­ter­noon which left guests feel­ing in­spired to help a gen­er­a­tion in need.

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