3 reasons why you should move to Stockton Heath
PUBLISHED: 00:00 18 May 2020
Snuggled in glorious countryside and with bags of charm, Stockton Heath is the perfect self-contained Cheshire village.
With most of its centre made a conservation area in 1988, this civil parish isn’t short of local love for its country feel.
But the village has plenty of urban perks too, with all the conveniences and attractions of a town, plus super motorway links and sitting just two miles up the road from Warrington.
Locals make the most of the scenic green spaces and countryside walks, with The Bridgewater Canal and Manchester Ship Canal on the doorstep and the rural setting offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the village. Added to the lively pubs and bars, friendly independent shopkeepers and historic St Thomas’s Church, this is a location for all the family.
Locals are rightly proud of the sense of community. Stockton Heath can say it was the first village in the UK to be awarded a Purple Flag award, spotlighting its excellent hospitality standards in restaurants, bars and pubs, as well as its care for local safety and wellbeing. It’s true what they say – good things come in small packages…
THE FOOD AND DRINK SCENE
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Stockton Heath. For craft beers, cocktails and traditional Neapolitan pizza, there’s Dough & Liquor, or if it’s an American-inspired barbecue smokehouse you fancy, try Stockyard – home to classic American-style burgers, ribs, and wings.
Bistro Bus Stop is sure to cook up a storm (fresh to order), while expédition prides itself on being a jewel of the local scene, producing locally sourced dishes accompanied by live music and DJs. For a tipple or two, there’s Costello’s Bar, an outlet for Dunham Massey and Lymm Brewing Companies, and sitting right on the bank of the Bridgewater Canal is London Bridge Inn, serving home-cooked daily specials and fresh seasonal favourites. For brunch, lunch, coffee or cake Zalo’s
Café is rated one of the top three cafés in Warrington, and to please that sweet tooth, don’t miss M JAY’S – the king of shakes and waffles.
While wandering the streets of Stockton Heath, it won’t take long to stumble across a boutique store or two, whether your mission is wardrobe style or inspiration for the home.
Check out the gorgeous kitchens, bathrooms and wood floors at Smithfields, and for some great interior design inspiration, there’s Spencer Interiors. For on-trend wardrobe picks, try ladies boutique Sorelle Style, or Laundry B with its bohemian brands, specialist resort wear and fashion-forward quality brands from all over the world.
The guys aren’t forgotten either. With a huge choice of many of the best brands, there’s Riva Menswear, while at Lemon Tree you’ll find branded male and female fashion alongside the hottest trends for your home. What afternoon of retail therapy doesn’t include a bottle of something special? Be sure to make a stop at award-winning Corks Out for wine and spirits.
BAG A PROPERTY
Small but perfectly formed is the best way to describe Stockton Heath. The village is easily accessible from the M56 and M6, and has a wide choice of residential properties to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets.
There are homes built between 1900 and 1930, period buildings close to the centre and more modern developments, suitable for growing families.
“There really is something for everyone,” says Gascoigne Halman branch manager Lee Tickle. “The centre is home to hairdressers, cafés, clothes shops, pharmacies, off-licences and DIY stores as well as supermarkets, charity shops and, of course, estate agents.”
But it’s not just the facilities that are excellent. High-performing schools, attractive architecture and popular events also draw people in.
Lee says: “Every summer, the four-day Stockton Heath Festival brings the community together to enjoy local arts, culture and heritage. The Manchester Ship Canal provides a natural, picturesque divide to the bustling town of Warrington, while the Bridgewater canal offers lovely walks and is a great place to idle the weekends away, feeding the ducks and watching the canal boats chug by.”
WHY I MOVED HERE
I moved to Stockton Heath 26 years ago, when I relocated from New York. I chose the village for its easy access to the motorway, the train line and to Manchester Airport, as these were necessary for me to be able to do my job. I’ve been here ever since.
WHY I’VE STAYED HERE
I have worked here for nearly 17 years; it’s a wonderful town as it has a bit of everything. But it’s the people that make it. The Stockton Heath Festival brings the whole community together for a weekend of fun and laughter, and I love taking walks along the canal.