Spring is here, and with it comes not only a much needed run of bank holidays - starting with Easter - but also an exciting cornucopia of seasonal ingredients to tickle our taste buds. And where better to dine out this spring - or anytime of the year - than at one of our great local restaurants featured below.

Restaurant Next Door

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Nestled in the heart of Frodsham, this neighbourhood restaurant is the product of husband and wife Richard (chef) and Vicki (sommelier). An offering of a monthly changing à la carte and tasting menu is accompanied by an extensive wine list and quality bar offering.

Recognised by the Michelin Guide and holding three AA rosettes, the restaurant continues to evolve, guided by a commitment to sustainability, seasonality and quality produce. Next Door invites you to join their culinary journey, where each dish is crafted with passion, and every sip tells a story.

Address: Restaurant Next Door, 68 Main Street, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7AU

Phone number: 01928 371 053

Email: contactus@restaurantnextdoor.co.uk

Website: www.restaurantnextdoor.co.uk

Cottons Hotel & Spa

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This Easter, let Cotton Hotel and Spa's team of talented chefs do all the work and serve up a decadent spring-infused feast. Whether it's a family get-together or a quick refuel, Sunday lunch is always a good idea.

Packed full of locally sourced ingredients to suit all taste buds, guests can enjoy a fantastic dining experience at the hotel's award-winning restaurant. Choose from roast leg of lamb, butternut squash and winter sage risotto or sample the mushroom and lentil shepherd's pie. The roast dinner offering includes all the trimmings, from homemade Yorkshire puddings to a medley of seasonal vegetables.

Address: Cottons Hotel & Spa, Manchester Rd, Knutsford WA16 0SU

Phone number: 01565 650333

Email: reception@cottonshotel.co.uk

Website: cottonshotel.co.uk

Pecks Restaurant

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Pecks is an AA Rosette fine dining restaurant in the Cheshire countryside. It is renowned for its dramatic style - the Dinner at Eight menu transforms the restaurant into a 'Theatre of Food', Wednesday to Saturday evenings, giving guests a new experience that is unique to Pecks. Diners experience the staging of a theatrical cavalcade of culinary delights. Sample dishes from each course are presented at the table by waiting staff who describe the ingredients, cooking techniques and flavours. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a memorable dining experience, Pecks is the perfect choice. Booking is essential.

Business name: Pecks Restaurant

Business Address: Newcastle Road, Moreton, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SB

Telephone: 01260 275121

Website: pecksrest.co.uk

San Carlo Alderley Edge

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The lighter nights and anticipation of sunnier days have inspired the talented chefs at San Carlo to develop new dishes for their spring/summer menu. The passionate team have sourced ingredients to excite all tastes like burrata from Corato in Puglia or Italian sturgeon caviar. All are expertly matched with seasonal ingredients and lovingly crafted into Italian classics like Sardinian style gnocchetti with aubergine and pork sausage ragu, and pan-fried lemon sole with sauteed clams and green asparagus.

The new menu will be available from mid-April - and it's so enticing you'll want to try everything.

Address: San Carlo Alderley Edge, London Road, Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD

Phone number: 01625 837820

Email: alderleyedge@sancarlo.co.uk

Website: sancarlo.co.uk

Smokehouse & Cellar

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Smokehouse & Cellar is a family-owned restaurant that has just celebrated its first birthday in Knutsford. Located on King Street it has been designed to create a vibrant and sophisticated environment. The enthusiastic chefs lovingly bring to life an American inspired barbecue menu with all the meats cooked low and slow in smokers and treated to homemade rubs and sauces. Family friendly and perfect for celebrations, staff look forward to introducing you to their barbecue food, craft beers and extensive wine list.

Address:  Smokehouse & Cellar, Royal George Building, Regent Street, Knutsford WA16 6GR

Telephone: 01565 631777

Email: info@smokehouseandcellar.com

Website: smokehouseandcellar.com

Savages Mussels Bar

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Jamie Savage, owner and head chef of Savages Mussels Bar, has been trading for almost six years and opened his first restaurant in Macclesfield in November 2023 - a dream come true.

Starting off doing pop-up events, markets, residencies at venues such as Picturedrome and RedWillow, Jamie now has his own unique place to offer seafood lovers a place to dine with a buzzing atmosphere.

Since opening, Savages has been fully booked every weekend and seems to be getting busier as the word spreads, so book now to avoid disappointment and look forward to a great experience in a cool, vibrant restaurant.

Address: Savages Mussels Bar, 23b Church Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6LB

Telephone: 07534 289164

Email: jamie@savagesmussels.com

Website: savagesmussels.com

The Lion and Swan

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The Lion and Swan, is a family-run traditional coaching inn in Congleton.

Experience a delightful 16th century ambience with 21st century style, comfort and convenience. Offering exceptional food made from the finest local ingredients, a discerning wine list and good cask ales, you can relax in total elegance and comfort. Its 21 boutique rooms are in a contemporary yet sympathetic style, every room exudes historic charm while enabling you to luxuriate in up-to-the-minute comforts and modern conveniences. With spacious function rooms and on-site parking, this is an ideal venue for business, weddings, or social events.

Address:  The Lion & Swan, Congleton CW12 1AH

Phone number: 01260 211211

Email: info@lionandswan.co.uk

Website: lionandswan.co.uk


The Wheatsheaf

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The Wheatsheaf is an AA five star gold awarded gastropub and steakhouse in Hightown, Sandbach, extensively restored to create a modern, relaxing ambience while retaining the architectural charm of its 19th century coaching inn heritage, with restaurant, bar and heated terrace areas. It is firmly established as the destination of choice amongst local residents and visitors alike who appreciate outstanding food, great beers, wines, cocktails and a friendly engaging service.

The luxurious boutique guestrooms have not only earned the coveted Tripadvisor certificate of excellence but even won over the discerning competition on Channel 4's Four in a Bed.

Address: The Wheatsheaf, 1 Hightown, Sandbach, CW11 1AG

Telephone: 01270 762013

Email: info@wheatsheafsandbach.co.uk

Website: wheatsheafsandbach.co.uk