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A Sunday lunch treat for mummy and toddler at The Cheshire Cat, Christleton, Nr Chester – A Clued In With Kids Review

A Sunday lunch treat for mummy and toddler at The Cheshire Cat, Christleton, Nr Chester – A Clued In With Kids Review

It can be quite intimidating going out for lunch on your own with a toddler. Will you have enough to keep them entertained? What if they cause a scene in a nice place? Would it be easier sticking to the typical kids places? As you know, I spend a lot of time eating out with my little one, often on my own and so am always on the look out for pubs and restaurants where I can feel completely relaxed, even if madam decides she doesn’t want to play ball. Fortunately, thanks to another members recommendation, we learnt for ourselves how family friendly The Cheshire Cat can be.

An example of the interior at the Cheshire Cat. Image credit belongs to the Cheshire Cat. 

The Cheshire Cat is located in Christleton, not far from the city of Chester, Cheshire.  First impressions were that this traditional pub was cosy, inviting, and packed with rural country charm. Imagine warm fireplaces (lit in the Winter months and of an evening) and a range of chairs that you can sink into and relax.

This country pub, originally constructed in 1801, has a number of dining areas available and has a range of outdoor seating. The beer garden overlooks the Cheshire countryside providing an idyllic spot for a bite to eat during Summer months. Alternatively you can sit outside and enjoy a partial view of the canal and barges. 

The Beer Garden at The Cheshire Cat. Diners can enjoy a view of the Cheshire countryside (top image). Alternatively you can sit alongside the building near to, but not on, the canal (bottom image). 

Menus are changed frequently inline with the seasons and the pub typically serves nutritional British Food but with a twist. Starters include a number of platters including a mezze platter (£11.75) or sticky platter (glazed chicken wings, pork and chorizo in garlic butter, lamb koftas, salt and pepper calamari with chipolata chilli mayo and stone-baked garlic flatbread for £16.25), soup of the day with rustic bread (£4.95),  Wild caught tempura prawns with rice cracker and a soy, lime and chilli dip (7.50) and more. 

Main meals include traditional favourites such as pies (£11.95), fish and chips (£13.50), roasted rack of lamb (£20.50), gammon (£11.25) and more such as slow cooked beef and porcini bourguignon (£15.50), pesto crusted salmon (£16.50), and a choice of steaks, burgers, salads and stone-baked pizzas. Please note the menu is seasonal so is subject to change but this gives you an idea of typicality in terms of the type of meals served.  Vegetarian options and allergens are clearly highlighted on the menu, and there is a separate vegan menu available on request or online.

Lamb Sunday Roast – Sunday Lunch at the Cheshire Cat 

 Children’s meals are available either as a set deal or items are individually priced. There is something for everyone, even those with fussy little tummies! Examples of meals include Sunday roasts for £6. Children can also build their own meal which includes a main, veg and a side for only £5.75. The build your own mains include tomato pasta, cod, vegetable skewers, lasagne, chicken burger in toasted bun, margherita pizza and more.  A selection of childrens puddings and drinks are available for only £1 extra.

When we arrived we were immediately shown to our table which was in a well lit room with plenty of natural sunshine radiating in (note not all rooms are like this as some have a very cosy and rustic theme instead). Our waitress was friendly and smiling. Our drinks arrived within 5 minutes of ordering. Although we didn’t drink any alcoholic beverages today, the bar serves a number of cask ales, fine wines and spirits. Our food was cooked fresh to order and arrived somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes.

Bar area at the Cheshire Cat 

We ordered the Lamb roast dinner for myself and a beef lasagne for the Clued In Kid. My lamb roast was absolutely gorgeous. It was incredibly well cooked with roast potatoes that were crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside, the veg was what I call ‘proper veg’ for a roast i.e. carrots, broccoli, butternut and beetroot squash and parsnips. The lamb was well seasoned and unlike other lamb meals I have had in the past, was not fatty. 

The children’s lasagna meal was very generous in size and great value for money. She received two pieces of home made garlic bread, a vegetable of her choice (peas) and the lasagne. Again the lasagne was well seasoned and had a lot of flavour but unfortunately we did have to report to our waitress that she is fussy and did not eat much since the lasagne was mainly composed of sauce with only one sheet of lasagne on the top. In my opinion, the sauce did contain a good quantity of beef.  She did however devour the garlic bread that accompanied her meal in a flash and she really enjoyed my lamb roast. When I take her again, I’d have full confidence that she would enjoy the beef or chicken roast meal offered on the kids menu and will opt for this instead.

Example of a child’s build your own meal at the Cheshire Cat. 

Due to her getting a little tired, unfortunately we could not sample the desert menu but deserts include a crumble of the day (price depends on the desert),  banoffee pie (£6.95), marmalade bread and butter pudding (£5.95), eton mess (£6.25), sharing platter (£10.95) and more!

After your meal, why not enjoy a stroll along the canal with the family and the pooch? The Cheshire Cat is one of Cheshire’s dog friendly pubs making it an ideal choice if out for a family walk. After all, “Muddy boots and muddy paws are welcome”. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and drinking water is provided.

Narrow boats are often situated alongside the canal outside the Cheshire Cat. Families can also take a stroll from this traditional pub right into Chester City Centre. 

Are you visiting the area from further afield? Did you know that you can actually book a modern and contemporary room at The Cheshire Cat, which is in a fantastic central location to so many attractions within the Cheshire area.

Example of one of the rooms at the Cheshire Cat. Image credit belongs to the Cheshire Cat. 

There is no children’s play area but Christleton Duck Pond isn’t too far away and we would certainly recommend a quick visit here before heading home to burn off all that tasty food.

Hints and tips…

*You can reserve a table online or via a phone call. Walk ins are welcome subject to availability. *Dietary information can also be found online, on menus or discussed via a phone call.

*Download the app to claim rewards each time you dine.

*Take the dog and enjoy a nice meal/stop off on your family day out in Cheshire.

*High chairs are wooden so don’t come with a tray for baby led weaning.

*This review is based on our own opinion and due to circumstances outside of our control, we can not guarantee that you will have the same experience.

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