Cheshire Life Luncheon - The Nags Head, Haughton

PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 July 2019

Pan fried sea bass, sauteed new potatoes, wilted greens and sauce vierge, Cheshire Life lunch at The Nags Head, Haughton

Pan fried sea bass, sauteed new potatoes, wilted greens and sauce vierge, Cheshire Life lunch at The Nags Head, Haughton


The Nags Head, Haughton was an idyllic setting for a lunch filled with the sunshine flavours of the new season

Cheshire Life lunch at The Nags Head, HaughtonCheshire Life lunch at The Nags Head, Haughton

As a celebration of everything summer, Cheshire Life's lunch at the Nags Head in the delightful hideaway of Haughton Moss delivered on all levels.

The weather gods decided to bestow upon us clear skies and warm breezes, the light, locally-sourced food played its part to perfection - and, of course, there was the stunning venue itself.

The Nags Head is a beautifully restored 17th-century inn with a glorious English garden and bowling green, a few miles from Tarporley. It's the kind of pub you might drive (or if you're feeling energetic, walk) miles to discover at the end of your journey.

James Hughes and his family, who run the popular Piste restaurant in Tarporley, are now at the helm of the pub, once the domain of the Michelin-starred chef Nigel Haworth, and they have brought in former Piste chef Danny Bolton to ensure diners will be wowed by quality ingredients and expert cooking.

Head Chef, Danny Bolton (seated) with Daniel Chandler and Louis James.Head Chef, Danny Bolton (seated) with Daniel Chandler and Louis James.

'I worked with James at Piste back in the day,' explains Danny . 'I was one of the originals and was there for more than three years.

'Now I'm back and this is a lovely position to be in; a real destination point and a place where you have to focus on seasonal and locally-sourced products.'

His menu for the event proved a no-brainer.

'A nice day like this calls for a lovely, fresh, vibrant sort of food,' he said.

That was certainly the message sent to diners as each plate was delivered to the table, and Danny says that he hopes to create dishes that will not only be true to the location but also wow diners.

'The menu going forward will be mine and the team's vision and we'll be aiming to create food that earns us accolades,' he explained.

As guests took advantage of the sunshine in the garden, they sipped glasses of English Lyme Bay Rosé fizzing with all the fruity flavours of summer, and nibbled canapés including ham hock terrine, pickled mackerel and tomato bruschetta - before taking their seats for the luncheon in the atmospheric dining room.

Wines were supplied by Rodney Densem Wines and their expert Nick Gent entertained and informed guests with his punchy introductions to each glass.

The flavours of the first course, a palette-hitting whipped goat's cheese, were ramped up by a cleansing endive and apple salad and a pop of sweetish caramelised apple purée - the fruity twang enhanced by a pleasantly fragrant Ten Rocks Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

For mains the pan-fried sea bass, sautéed new potatoes, wilted greens and sauce vierge were all about respect for the freshest ingredients. A crisp Tempus Two Silver Series Pino Gris from Australia that had the right amount of fruity acidity balanced it well.

Then it was time for a little indulgence. A richly dark chocolate orange tart was, of course, a popular dessert choice - who could resist that classic combination? And a glass of Graham's 'Six Grapes' Reserve Port, followed by coffee, brought the lunch to a sweetly memorable conclusion.

Some drifted home, others into the still-sunny garden for one more glass of fizz.

It was the kind afternoon you really didn't want to end.

From the menu

To start

Whipped goat's cheese, caramelised apple purée, Braeburn and endive salad

To continue

Pan fried sea-bass, sautéed potatoes, wilted greens, sauce vierge

To finish

Dark chocolate and orange tart, vanilla ice cream

To drink

Lyme Bay Rosé Brut, Devon, England NV

Ten Rocks Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018

Tempus Two Silver Series Pinot Gris, SE Australia 2017

Grahams 'Six Grapes' Reserve Port, Portugal


The Nags Head

Long Lane, Haughton,


01829 260 265

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