The Vicarage, a hotel in the small Cheshire of village of Holmes Chapel intrigued us.
Identifying itself as ‘a restaurant with rooms’ we couldn’t resist testing out their foodie credentials, so for the last night of our Chester staycation we hopped back into the train and shot out into the countryside.
The Vicarage is a refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed country pub, restaurant and hotel in the heart of Cheshire. My expat heart was beating like a drum.
We can’t tell you very much about the village other than it has a church (built from similar stone at the Chester cathedral) and a few shops as we were getting pretty hungry after a wander through Grosvenor Park and weaving between all of the local Chester shoppers.
What the hotel is though, is comfy. Full of quirky style and somewhere that you can shuck off your gumboots (Hunters naturally darling – though in all honesty I wore glitter flats) we didn’t want to make any plans other than; relax with a drink, enjoy a bite of dinner, catch a movie under our duvet and then enjoy breakfast in their conservatory.
Our stay had such a relaxed vibe.
Just a stay full of smiles and peace.
This is also the location that I broke out my new camera – and realised that I need a wide-angle lens.
I rather lusted over our travel themed feature wall not to mention the teeny button stool tucked near the bed, under a few novels.
It was simple staycation perfection. No airs, graces or having to dress up and impress. There was a fair amount of ducking and diving as I tried to subtly take a few photos though – #bloggerlife.
Dinner was on point. With a seasonally changing menu (they try to source all of their produce locally with a menu driven by the gardeners, foragers, farmers and suppliers of Cheshire.) After perusing we decided to stick with a few well-executed classics – I went Parfait (smooth chicken livers, red onion chutney & toasted brioche) whilst the Mr chose the Shropshire Blue Salas (Shropshire blue, pickled root vegetables, quinoa, toasted pumpkin seeds, grain mustard dressing) which was ridiculously good with a creamy blue that even made me melt.
I picked the Vicarage burger for my main (Ground beef, brioche, fries, homemade coleslaw, blush ketchup, cheddar, bacon, beerkins) which was a dream burger, and my carnivorous husband enjoyed their Steak & chips (Flat iron rump, iceberg lettuce, roasted garlic mayonnaise, confit tomato, fries). It was good. So good.
And cheesecake, always cheesecake.
Slipping back up to our room after another wee beverage, we snuck under the covers and flipped the TV on. Having timed our dinner nicely with the start of The Imitation Game starting (the Benedicte Cumberbatch movie about Bletchley Park) we did giggle about how high-flying we were.
The next morning breakfast couldn’t come quick enough.
Served in the light-filled conservatory, their menu was rather extensive, but we couldn’t resist the full English.
Also, do any other couple have a breakfast pact to swap baked beans for black pudding? Our mid-air exchange amused a couple at the table next to us, and I even heard one of them remark that ‘it’s a much better idea than leaving the bits you don’t like on your plate’…
This breakfast was worth a repeat visit alone. I think we’ll be revisiting Chester – only 2ish hours from London on the train, it is a perfect little break away from the busy London streets.
A night at The Vicarage was definitely a cherry atop our staycation sundae.
Have you been up to Cheshire?