24 hours in Prest­bury

Cheshire Life - - Inside - WORDS: Katie Mulloy PHO­TOS: Kirsty Thomp­son

Po­ten­tially the pret­ti­est of all the Cheshire post­codes, Prest­bury with its grand 13th-cen­tury church and Tu­dor-style high street which crosses the bab­bling Bollin river, was once upon a time the jewel in The Golden Tri­an­gle’s crown – the el­e­gant, gen­teel big sis­ter to its showier, more con­tem­po­rary coun­ter­parts. Then, the story goes, it all took a slightly sad turn as the foot­ballers moved in, al­ter­ing the ar­chi­tec­ture of vil­lage life and deal­ing its lo­cal busi­nesses a dev­as­tat­ing blow. If that’s true then con­sider this Prest­bury’s sec­ond com­ing. Its high street may have changed – the bank and the butcher are gone – but in its place are a bunch of in­de­pen­dent, des­ti­na­tion-style busi­nesses; bou­tiques and beauty sa­lons sit­ting amongst a hand­ful of ex­cit­ing eat­ing and drink­ing op­tions. It is thriv­ing – sup­ported by the lo­cals as well as a healthy in­flux of vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield. Time to join

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