Several years ago, seventeenth century Worsley Old Hall was nothing special. The building was beautiful and it had a good sized outdoor space but the food was basic under the ownership of Brewers Fayre and the service pretty hopeless. Yet in 2013, this all changed when Brunnings & Price took over the beautiful Grade II listed building and gave it the tender loving care that it deserved. After a substantial programme of renovation whereby the modern decorations were removed to restore it to its former glory, and the gardens were landscaped, Brunnings and Price re-opened the pub to the public, and the rest as they say, is history.
Worsley Old Hall is easily accessible from the M60 (J13) and can be found down the lane which leads to the Marriott Hotel (head left when the road forks). It is close to the beautiful Worsley Woods, which should definitely be included in your trip for a fabulous family day out. Find out more about Worsley Woods here.
A friendly bar area which welcomes kids, dogs and their owners
I can't decide which season is best to truly appreciate a visit to Worsley Old Hall. Could it be in the winter, when it provides the perfect place to retreat to? You can enjoy good food in gorgeous surroundings, or dry off by the log fires after a wet walk in Worsley Woods. At Christmas, it feels wonderful and festive with a huge tree in the bar area.
Equally, there is no place that I'd rather be in the summer, when you can sit out on the terrace and tuck into a delicious burger from the BBQ (with a nice glass of something chilled). I could happily sit out all evening during the summer months, soaking in the atmosphere, catching up with friends and enjoying delicious nibbles.
The secret to this wonderful pub is its ability to cater to everyone. Its food and surroundings offer something a little special if you want a lovely meal out with your other half, but it also encapsulates the friendliness of the local pub, where friends can get together over a pint or glass of wine. Staff provide the right balance of attentive service, whilst they are also happy to join in with a little banter.
It's a great place to head to with kids too. If the weather is dry, take a seat outside where there is plenty of space for little ones to run around. The beauty of the gardens might be wasted on them, but they will be more than happy climbing through trees, sitting in the tractor or simply enjoying the swings. If the weather is less kind and you find yourself stuck indoors with fidgety kids, there are board games on hand like Chess, Connect 4 and Guess Who to keep them occupied.
Dogs are welcomed to the establishment with open arms, which is a good thing with the proximity of Worsley Woods. Don't worry if your dog is filthy after its walk; the main bar area's floor is wood, and well used to the trampling of muddy feet. At the weekend, local canines take their places under the tables as their owners enjoy a lovely brunch. Doggy biscuits and water are provided to make sure Fido feels truly welcome.
The restaurant at Worsley Old Hall offers a good range of food. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and the food is always delicious. I have also visited for brunch in the past which is served between 9am and noon. I can well and truly recommend the stack of buttermilk pancakes which have bacon nestled between their layers and are served with fresh blueberries. The main menu is served from noon until 10pm (except on Sundays when it is available until 9.30pm) and changes on a daily basis. You can check the latest menu on their website. There is also a children's menu for the little ones. Sundays wouldn't be complete without a traditional Sunday Roast and during the summer months, when the sun is shining, they offer a BBQ outside from noon until 6pm which provides a simpler choice of Piri Piri Chicken Breast, Beef Burgers with Pulled Pork and Harrisa Halloumi Skewers.
Worsley Old Hall is a great place to try a new drink as there is a large variety to choose from. They have a board suggesting the Wines of the Month and you will find over 70 types of gin on the menu, as well as some interesting beers and ales. Last time I visited, I mentioned to the bar man that I didn't like gin, and left with a new passion for Rhubarb Gin and Ginger Ale – who would have thought? Try it. It's the perfect summer drink.
So if you haven't been before, definitely check out this lovely pub with a beautiful heart in stunning surroundings. If you have, well you don't need me to tell you how great it is (but let's keep it to ourselves.)