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Food review - Pickering Arms, Thelwall

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 October 2016

Pickering Arms, Thelwall, on a sunny summer's day

Pickering Arms, Thelwall, on a sunny summer's day

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Beef, ale and stilton pie, with mash at the Pickering Arms, ThelwallBeef, ale and stilton pie, with mash at the Pickering Arms, Thelwall

Venue

Charming black and white 18th century pub with rough plastered walls, craggy exposed beams. Passers by will know it for the legend across the end of the pub: ‘In the year 923, Edward the Elder founded a cyty (sic) here and called it Thelwall.’

Menu

Pub grub staples, steaks, burgers and some posher nosh. Sunday set menu at £11.95 for two courses, £13.95 for three looks good value. Starter of salt and pepper squid with lime mayonaise (£6.25) was fresh, a good texture and tasty, and salmon and dill pate (£5.95) was punchy and aromatic. Roast lamb rump £14.50 was tender and well presented. Star of the meal, though was beef, ale and stilton pie with mash (£10.95), a purposely unpretty pie just bursting with beefiness and a pleasing cheesy aftertaste. Caramel apple pie with ice cream (£4.95) was fine, though more pie and less ice cream would have been welcome. But all very yummy!

Decor and ambience

It’s a genuine, cosy, historic village pub which underwent an extensive - and, thankfully, sensitive - refurbishment less than two years ago.

Service

Excellent

Cost

Three courses for two people plus a couple of drinks, around £60.

Pickering Arms, 1 Bell Lane, Thelwall, Warrington WA4 2SU 01925 861262 www.pickeringarmsthelwall.co.uk

Louise Allen-Taylor

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