The Alvanley Arms at Cotebrook is an attractive country
pub in the traditional mould. Set on a bend in the road not far from Tarporley,
it has a good-sized car park and an attractive cobbled frontage. Inside,
we were struck by the cosy atmosphere, created by the lighting, the gleaming
horse brasses and the fact that design of the interior, with no fewer
than three dining rooms in addition to the bar.
The pub is a Robinson's house and the real ales comprise the Unicorn Bitter and Hatters Mild, together with the latest seasonal offering.
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The menu is interesting without being challenging, and
the Specials Board offered some appealing options. We resisted the lure
of the starters despite such appetising choices as Creole Prawns, Wexford-style
mushrooms with bacon and stilton and Smoked Salmon Bruccetta.
Turning our attention to the main courses on the board,
we considered Duck a l'Orange, Boeuf Bourgignonne and Barnsley Chop before
selecting Cajun Chicken and Fillet of Plaice Caprice.
The pudding menu gives a special mention to Elsie the Patissier. The house speciality is Meringue Crush, with whipped cream, drizzled with home-made butterscotch sauce and fresh cream. Another tempting morsel is Malt Tease; malt ice cream strewn with chocolate coated honeycomb balls.
A repeat visit as the winter drew on, saw a Specials Board
featuring Game. We took advantage of this and our party chose Scottish
Venison Casserole, Boned & Rolled Pheasant and Venison Steak. The
greedier members of our party indulged in a pudding, choosing Forest Fruit
Cheesecake and Meringue with spun sugar.