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Arranging to meet up with some friends who live in Shropshire gave us the opportunity for a trip off our normal patch, and what better spot than the quirky Cholmondley Arms at Cholmondley? Set on the A49 not far from Cholmondley Castle, 2 ½ miles south of the junction with the A534, and 6 miles north of Whitchurch, this is a former schoolhouse. This explains the spacious interior and the high ceilings. A stag's head keeps an eye on proceedings from high on the pink-painted brick walls.
The very good food won the pub the "Cheshire Dining Pub 2001" award from the Good Pub Guide, and we found the staff to be friendly and attentive.
The greedier members of our party had starters. The Hot Baked prawns in Sour Cream and Garlic looked good, while the Soup of the day was pureed lentil. I cadged a sip of this: it was great.
A choice of no fewer than twelve main courses tested our decision making processes, and we covered four between us. Cholmondley Steak and Kidney Pie was an excellent interpretation of a traditional dish, while my wife plumped for the Chicken Breast in a Mushroom, Dijon Mustard and Cream Sauce. Our pals chose Wild Mushroom Stroganoff and the Chicken and Leek Pie. Everyone was happy with their choice, and we vowed to return to try some of the other delicious options. Aside from the Hot Madras Beef Curry, the Gressingham Duck Breast in Black Cherry and Mint Sauce particularly caught my eye.

The cask ales are a treat. Being a free house, they can select the beers they like. Banks' Bitter and Marstons Pedigree appear, with a rotating choice of guest beer. On the occasion of our visit, it was Adnams, and it was delightful. For much of the time, a fourth hand pump dispenses Cheshire-brewed beer from Weetwood of Tarporley. Their Best Cask Bitter is one of my particular favourites, astringently hoppy, to cleanse the palate when dining, a perfect dinner ale.

It was a bitterly cold night in March, so we didn't get to see the large gardens. We understand that children are welcome, and that they have six en-suite bedrooms.
Meals are served from midday to 2.15 at lunchtimes and until 10 in the evenings. You can book by telephoning 01829-720300 or by fax on 720123.

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