Another great day out...
Falling inside Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, Alderley Edge is one of the most sought after and expensive locations to live outside central London – and one of the best places to eat and drink
Located in Cheshire, just 15 miles south of Manchester lies Alderley Edge – a nirvana for lovers of the food and drink scene. Its smart and stylish surroundings, and food that comes second-to-none, has been known to attract celebrities and footballers alike along with those in search of a fabulous lunch or great night out.
Begin your day at The Yard on the Edge, the converted car garage incorporating a bakery, juice bar, delicatessen, greengrocers and a flexible events space. Go along to one of the relaxing yoga events and then replenish with a detoxifying green smoothie from their holistic menu, or a delicious pastry from Paulina’s artisan bakery. All their produce is sourced from local suppliers such as Manchester Veg People, Paces free-range eggs and Cheshire Farm Ice Cream.
After the perfect start to your day, head down to some of the fabulous independent stores Alderley Edge has on offer. Browse through the rails at Rocca or Scandinavian boutique Tuula for a one-off designer ensemble, or pop into The Lavender Tree – a quaint little Victorian shop run by two sisters, selling the most beautiful homewares, gifts and interiors.
You’ll be more than ready for a spot of lunch by now, and The Grill on the Edge is the perfect place to stop and refuel, offering the finest selection of steak, fish and shellfish in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. Or grab a table on the terrace at the newly opened Piccolino for some fine Italian food or, if pub grub is more your thing, The Merlin offers a delicious selection of high-end British classics with a modern twist.
Take some time to explore the stunning woodlands of Alderely Edge, which boats stunning views and a magical history. When you’re done, head to Corks Out – a fine wine shop with a cosy wine bar in tow – for the perfect afternoon pit stop. Browse through the selection of fine wines on offer and then head on through to the bar where you can sit and sip wines or Champagne and cocktails, if wine isn’t your thing.
When the sun starts to set and the night is young, stop at The Railway Café and Gin Bar. Originally a 12-week pop-up concept by chef David Gale and Mughli restaurants, the Indian-inspired small plates menu offers a tasteful selection of Indian-infused dishes that will tantalise your taste buds.
Afterwards, wash it down with a gin from their impressive repertoire of gin from around the world. From here head to The Bubble Room for some after-dinner drinks and live music from 8pm, before moving on to The Botanist to work your way through their extensive cocktail list.
Compiled by Megan Walsh