They are open! The Cheshire pubs and restaurants reopening their doors

PUBLISHED: 08:16 07 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:45 21 July 2020

Piccolino Didsbury. Picture provided by Piccolino

Piccolino Didsbury. Picture provided by Piccolino


Our guide to some of Cheshire’s hospitality businesses starting to reopen after lockdown

Panache restaurant at the corner of London Road South and Park Lane. Poynton. Picture by John CocksPanache restaurant at the corner of London Road South and Park Lane. Poynton. Picture by John Cocks

Farmers Arms, Poynton

Re-opening date: July 4th

The Farmers Arms has been busy behind the scenes during lockdown, with staff completing an online prevention of contamination course, creating new disposable menus and working on an expansion of outdoor seating. There’s an outdoor bar for you to get drinks from and bookings for the restaurant can be made online for up to six people.

01625 875 858,

David Vanderhook from Altrincham's The Con ClubDavid Vanderhook from Altrincham's The Con Club


La Boheme, Lymm

Re-opening date: July 4th

La Boheme is back with a new restaurant menu filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as a new takeaway and barbecue deli service from July 2nd. The restaurant capacity will be reduced to allow more distance between tables, and opening times will be limited to Tuesday to Friday from 6pm, Saturday from 5pm and all-day Sunday (12-8pm).

The La Boheme team say: “We’re raring to go and can’t wait to create some wonderful dishes for you again.”

01925 753 657,


Panache One London Road, Poynton

Re-opening date: July 31st

Managing director Gary McCabe says: “During our time closed [until July 31st] we will obtain all the guidance required and work hard to adapt Panache to be able to offer the best experience possible on our return. We’re now able to take bookings from July 31st, however please bear with us as we may have to contact you afterwards with any minor changes due to guidelines not yet released.”

01625 850 236,


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The Con Club, Altrincham

Re-opening date: July 4th

Locals can’t wait to see The Con Club’s name back up in lights. The restaurant has been busy with its takeaway Sunday Roast Club, fresh doughnuts and cookies, draught beers and pre-mixed cocktails – as well as cooking for local hospitals – but it’s excited to ‘get back to what we do best’.

There’ll be some big changes (notably less tables inside and more space outside), but you’ll be able to enjoy its recently re-planted first floor terrace.

Owner David Vanderhook says: “We have a big outside area where we can seat 88 people, and we’re hoping we can push our boundaries out further as we’ve requested the closure of Greenwood Street. The business has been busy doing takeaways during lockdown but all the staff are geared up for the re-opening. We can’t wait.”

0161 696 6870,


The Foxhole, Prestbury

Re-opening date: July 4th

The Foxhole will be opening through a booking system, with customers asked to reserve a table over the telephone for the first two weekends before it’ll switch to a first-come-first-served basis. Everything will be table service and there’ll be outdoor seating, too.

Owner Kip Evans says: “We’ll be keeping it small, intimate and fun. We’ll get some nice wines back on and some exciting new drinks.

“We can’t wait. It’ll be great to see people and start bringing back that little bit of fun.”

01625 402 626,


The Swan, Tarporley

Re-opening date: July 7th

The team at The Swan – now under new management with Woody Barlow – will be offering a range of drinks, light lunches and evening meals from 5pm. During lockdown they’ve been busy providing takeaway meals, redecorating and introducing new measures to help protect and reassure customers.

Woody says: “We can now look forward to seeing old friends again in a relaxed and welcoming environment. We can’t wait to open our doors again.”

01829 733 838,


Ye Olde Admiral Rodney, Prestbury

Re-opening date: July 4th

The Rodney will be serving bar lunches every day with a slightly reduced (and single-use) menu, and customers will be asked to follow a one-way system to order at the pay-as-you-go bar and exit via another door.

Landlords Gill Leigh-Ford and her husband Geoff say: “We’re going to sing very loudly. We’ve had enough [of lockdown], and I think our customers have too.”

01625 828 078,


Piccolino Restaurants

Reopenig date: July 4th

Cheshire favourites Piccolino will open Piccolino Caffe Grande in Manchester, Piccolino Didsbury, Hale, Alderley Edge, Bramhall, Knutsford and Chester. New alfresco dining spaces inspired by Italy’s piazzas have been added giving diners the perfect space to soak up long summer evenings.


The Ivy Spinningfields

The Manchester city centre restaurant will reoen across four floors with diners able to sip on cocktails, feast on delicious dishes in The Ivy Brasserie and Ivy Asia as well as enjoy skyline views from The Roof Garden.


For the full story on places reopening and chefs revolutionising their businesses, see the August issue of Cheshire Life.


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