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Cheshire Life Luncheon - The Yew Tree Inn, Spurstow

PUBLISHED: 00:00 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 21:51 21 October 2015

Cheshire Life Luncheon - The Yew Tree Inn, Spurstow

Cheshire Life Luncheon - The Yew Tree Inn, Spurstow


A bright but cold wintry day was a fantastic way to experience the cosy hospitality of The Yew Tree, an idyllic country inn, nestling on the border of Bunbury in pretty Spurstow.

The Yew TreeThe Yew Tree

The bar gleamed, ales were being pulled and wintry light glanced off sparkling glasses of the aperitif, a Conchetta Gavi by the Gatley based wine company Boutinot.

For those who prefer a pint there was Station Bitter, from Stonehouse Brewery Oswestry, one of the craft ales that have become more and more popular with customers since the pub was opened by Jon and Lindsay Cox nearly five years ago.

Proving that they are doing everything right, the Yew Tree Inn has scooped a raft of awards including the recent accolade of Cheshire Life’s traditional dining pub of 2014 so there was very much a celebratory feel to our charity luncheon.

‘Our ethos is being a “proper pub”. What we serve here is simple pub food cooked well, so we have homemade pies and we make sure that our produce is as local as possible,’ says Jon.

The Yew Tree head chef, Rob McDiarmid, and his team; Emily Burnett,  Reece Midghall and Charlie RickardsThe Yew Tree head chef, Rob McDiarmid, and his team; Emily Burnett, Reece Midghall and Charlie Rickards

‘We also cater for local people as much as we do for visitors so that no matter how many people come here to dine there is still a buzz.’

John and Helen Langley, partners in the business, were amongst the guests who had been invited from the local community to support a major fundraising bid by the Bunbury Playground Committee, spearheaded by Bunbury vicar’s wife Beth Hayward.

The charity element of the lunch aimed to raise much needed cash for a sensory playground. Not just an ordinary leisure space but one with a multifunctional role in the community created by Olympian Beth Tweddle in collaboration with Centreparks designers Timberplay.

The way it differs from other playgrounds is that it aims to encourage people to exercise first with the “play” element coming second to its health benefits. When created there’ll be a track that can be used by grown-ups and a multi sensory sculpture by Stephen Broadbent that can be used by those with disabilities and even an app to show people how to use each piece of equipment properly.

‘It is a pioneering project, ‘ says Beth.

‘And if it is successful could be rolled out in other areas in the future.

Clearly the persuasive Beth and the allure of a delicious lunch had the desired effect and the Yew Tree lunch was a busy affair raising a whopping £3,400 via a silent auction with the highest bid made on a day’s work by Monkey Business Arboriculture for £550.

Scott White from Boutinot introduced the La Madone Fleurie which accompanied the gamey and subtly woody flavours of the first course a pheasant and partridge terrine accompanied by a pickled wild mushroom and chestnut salad and port syrup.

An incredibly robust slowly braised Oakland’s Red Poll beef with horseradish mash, braised red cabbage, chantenay carrots accompanied by les Coteaux Cotes de Rhone came next. The beef, slightly caramelised on the outside to bring out its meaty flavours, accompanied by an almost chutney-like cabbage are surely a reason to love winter.

Finally, a classic. Sticky toffee pudding and toffee sauce with Cheshire Farm vanilla ice cream and a delightfully moreish Tabali Reserva late harvest Muscat from Chile to bring everything to a very satisfying conclusion.



The Yew Tree Inn, Long Lane, Spurstow, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9RD

01829 260 274



Opening times:

Monday-Saturday 12-11pm

Sunday 12-10.30pm

Food served:

Monday-Thursday 12-9.30

Friday-Saturday 12-10pm

Sunday: 12-9pm



Lunch & dinner

Starters, about £6, mains £12-15 and puddings £5.50.

Early events for 2015 include the Yew Tree’s popular music night Thank Yew It’s Friday! on the last Friday of the month. and there are special events planned for Valentine’s Day and the annual Easter Festival with 20+ beers, live music and of course great food.




To start

Pheasant and partridge terrine, pickled wild mushroom and chestnut salad, port syrup

To continue

Slowly braised Oakland’s red poll beef, horseradish mash, braised red cabbage, chantenay carrots

To finish

Sticky toffee pudding and toffee sauce, Cheshire Farm vanilla ice cream






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