10 things you should know about Tarporley
PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 August 2015 | UPDATED: 19:08 24 October 2015
A beautiful village with a passionate community which is also a shoppers' paradise
A shopper’s haven
The village certainly has a reputation as a fashion mecca and it is fair to say that this picturesque village has become something of a retail therapy destination. It provides an alternative to the thronging city high streets and yet offers genuine choice for the cognoscenti.
In the club
The village is home to the Tarporley Hunt Club. Founded in 1762, it is the oldest surviving society of its kind in England. The club’s patron is Charles, Prince of Wales, and its members adventures and exploits were immortalised in the hunting songs of Cheshire landowner Rowland Egerton-Warburton.
History on show
Tarporley High Street has a conservation area where handsome 18th and 19th century buildings have become the home to a wide variety of individual businesses, restaurants and cafes, promoting a sense that little has changed in many centuries.
The Swan Hotel oozed olde worlde charm. It started life in 1769 as a coaching inn and an important staging post on the London to Chester route. Now a comfortable hotel, it is a popular venue for lunch, dinner or just a quick coffee.
The pie’s the limit
The Rising Sun which, in the days before 1939, when Tarporley was famous for holding horse races baked a communal pie with liberal salt to encourage thirst. The Foresters pub in the town was the haunt of grooms and stable hands during the race meetings.
Tarporley Carnival, an annual event which takes place in July, is a popular community event with a parade in High Street to the show ground on Community Field. There is plenty to see and do including stalls, fairground rides and activities. It is organised by The Rotary Club of Tarporley.
Interior design giant William Yeoward grew up in Tarporley. He left for London to find his fortune. Now he has created a worldwide furniture design business.
Hotel and leisure
The Macdonald Portal Hotel comes complete with golf course. Here you can indulge in a pre-dinner treat at one of Tarporley’s lovely beauty salons. The Macdonald spa is also an excellent way to relax after a hard days shopping at a truly delightful location.
The countryside surrounding Tarporley is perfect walking terrain, the famous Sandstone Trail, one of the best of the shorter long-distance trails in the north of England, passes close to the town.