3 reasons why you should move to Sandbach
PUBLISHED: 00:00 15 October 2019
Neighbourhood know-how, places and people.
SERVICE STATIONS AND SAXON CROSSES
If you're not particularly familiar with the pretty little market town of Sandbach, then the mention of its name may well conjure up either of those two images.
The latter, its famous Grade-I listed crosses, dating from the 9th century, sit proud upon the town square cobbles surrounded by quaint half-timbered Tudor buildings, many of which house the sort of local independents - a fourth-generation family deli, as well as an award-winning gin bar, Bar Six - that spell high-street success for small towns.
However, the former is just as key to its growing popularity - its situation just off the M6, as well as its good train links into Manchester has made it an increasingly attractive spot for young professionals looking to buy in a still reasonably affordable area.
For reasons that perplex many, it's an area that's been knocking around the 'up-and-coming' realms for some time and whether it'll ever quite reach the heady heights of becoming 'The New Knutsford', a flattering but arguably, not currently accurate nickname, remains to be seen.
And who cares if it doesn't? Because Sandbach, much like those crosses, can already stand proud in its own right.
Somewhat dubiously, Sandbach has previously been known for its wealth of takeaways. But recent years have offered a sophisticated twist on that. There's the always-buzzing Phantong Thai with its high-quality authentic food and fantastic cocktails.
Meanwhile, at K2H Creative Indian Kitchen, owner Nagendra Prasad offers a top-end Indian experience in sleek surroundings. Many of the spices are ground onsite and the commitment to quality is obvious in the refined and flavoursome dishes.
Raffaele is a charming and far-better-than-average neighbourhood Italian.
Over at The Wheatsheaf, meat is the star of the gastro-pub menu with excellent steak and hearty Sunday dinners drawing in the diners.
Last year Tarporley's ever-popular Piste restaurant failed to make a success of its Sandbach outpost, surprising many by closing suddenly. Rumours are the still-unoccupied building will soon re-open with a new Latin flavour. Watch this space!
STATE OF INDEPENDENTS
You can easily spend a day in Sandbach hopping from one lovely little independent local business to another.
Our favourites in no particular order; Jenny's Tea Room for a brew, a cake and a chat, Ollie and Phee for cute organic children's clothes and properly fitted shoes, Flowers on the Cobbles for beautiful quality blooms.
Want it, Own it, Wear it for its slightly random and affordable offering of Harris Tweed handbags, fashion boutique Wall Street for its ever-changing collection of eclectically priced and brilliantly ageless clothes, Godfrey C Williams & Son delicatessen for its sense of heritage and 256 cheese varieties (significantly more in the run up to Christmas) and the town's most recent opening, Erika Pear Interiors.
Erika, part of the family that owns The Wheatsheaf, was inspired to open after constant compliments regarding the pub's interiors (it also has a number of stylish B&B rooms which are 5-star AA rated).
A welcome addition.
BAG A PROPERTY
The fact that Sandbach is a market town both in name and practice (with regular weekly markets as well as a monthly Farmers' & Artisan Market) rather nicely sums up its appeal: a town with a strong sense of heritage that's still a functional and thriving place to be.
Community spirit is important here; there's an active scene around the local rugby club and the town-centre church hall provides activities for every age. 'This sense of community is appealing to a lot of people looking to buy,' agrees Steph Danford of estate agents Gascoigne Halman.
'There are plenty of clubs and societies which hold events throughout the year including a beer festival and transport festival.
Add in the excellent schools, good transport links and ever-improving town centre and you can see why house prices are steadily increasing. Having said that, it's still an affordable area with a broad mix of property styles and prices. There are some lovely rural locations on the fringes, such as Bradwall and Brereton, with cottages and farmhouses that are within easy access of the town but with uninterrupted views over open countryside.'
Something for everyone.
WHY I MOVED HERE
My wife and I returned to the area last year with our baby daughter. My family live in Knutsford and I hadn't considered Sandbach but we could get a lot more for our money here and the quality of the local schools and transport links swung it. It has everything we need here.
WHY I'VE STAYED HERE
We moved up from London 22 years ago. The first time we drove through I wasn't impressed. A friend persuaded us to come back and once we'd walked around and spoken to a few friendly locals I loved it. It's the community that's so lovely here.