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The perfect place for mouth watering treats
How it rated
Quality of service excellent
Value for money excellent
Ambience Cosy and relaxed
Speed of service Average
Quality of food excellent
HAVING undergone a large refurbishment last year, the Vale Royal Abbey Arms is the perfect place to catch up with friends and enjoy mouth watering treats, which is exactly what I did.
There was a slight delay with the main courses, but it was worth the wait. The lamb simply fell off the bone and the tender meat was perfectly accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables.Fern Wright
Steeped in history, the menu explains that in the 13th century King Edward I vowed that on his safe return from a violent storm at sea he would found an abbey in the county of Cheshire, of which he was the Royal Earl. This is now the Vale Royal Abbey Arms.
On entering the pub I was amazed to see how much it has changed since my last visit.
The once unsightly décor has been replaced by comfy sofas for those only wanting a drink and an abundance of tables to choose from for diners. The pub seemed to be buzzing with people even on a weeknight, so the atmosphere was warm and cheerful.
After finding a table I took a look at the new menu.
There is something for everyone with meat, fish, vegetarian and children's options. We ordered at the bar after deciding on the prawn cocktail (£3.95) and tomato pesto battered chicken strips (£4.25) to start, followed by lamb shank (£10.45) and smothered chicken (£8.45) for the main courses.
The starters arrived quickly and we were thrilled with our choices. The chicken was very tasty and not something I had tried before, while the prawn cocktail was nicely presented, a classic done well. The staff were also quick to clear our plates and ensure we were ok for drinks.
There was a slight delay with the main courses, but it was worth the wait. The lamb simply fell off the bone and the tender meat was perfectly accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables.
The smothered chicken came topped with a generous helping of goat's cheese and roasted vegetables and was served with crushed new potatoes. My companion and I were elated.
The portions were of a good size yet not over facing, the meals were hot and fresh. They both got top marks from us.
We decided that after being so pleased with both courses that it would be unfair if we didn't try the dessert (or at least that is the story I am sticking to).
My friend opted for the cornish clotted cream ice-cream £3.50 and I went for the chocolate, orange and ginger pudding served with ice-cream £3.95. They can both be summed up in one word - scrumptious.
Overall, I found the pub to be good value for money, using quality produced, cooked to a high standard. I would recommend a visit.