Small town with a big reputation for food, my day in Nantwich.

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My hosts described it as “Sleepy Nantwich” but when I found myself with a day off in the area I found that this Cheshire town is perfectly formed for food.

Say Cheese - A wheel of Cheshire cheese

Porridge Lady and the big Cheshire Cheese

With a host of food festivals from the Nantwich Food & Drink Festival to the International Cheese Awards Nantwich is really on the map for the big food loving events but it is also a great place to feast for a day. So this is how I spent my day in the town, my top things to do, see and eat in Nantwich….

1 Porridge breakfast at the Cheshire Cat Hotel

Start the day right, start the day with a bowl of Porridge made with oats locally milled by Mornflake and served in the historic Cheshire Cat Hotel.

2 Coffee and cream at A.T. Welch

Austin's Yesteryear Grocers Shoppe

Austin's Yesteryear Grocers Shoppe

Butcher, grocer, delicatessen and coffee shop all under one roof this is a must destination. After a wander round the deli, seeing all those ingredients and store cupboard essentials that you just can’t find anymore! You will need a coffee and a sit down. It’s well disguised but yes there really is a coffee room at the back of the shop! In fact the cafe is a world within a world. First stop and gaze at ‘Austin’s Yesteryear Grocers Shoppe’, a fully reproduced 1940’s styled shop.  Then enjoy one of the freshly roasted and filtered coffee’s.

3 Swim in the Brine Baths

Ok so not eating but you are going to need to make room for lunch so how about working up an appetite at Nantwich’s famous ‘Brine Bath‘ Swimming pool. The ‘Wich’ in the towns name refers to the natural brine waters of the area which are the source for this pool. Gently heated and not too salty, a chance to swim whilst gazing at the clouds, lovely.

Ginger & Pickles

Ginger & Pickles

4 Afternoon tea at Ginger & Pickles

I’m always hungry after a swim which is just as well as I stumbled upon Ginger and Pickles.  Holding the ‘Tea Guild Award of Excellence 2012′ this cafe knows a thing or too about making a proper brew. I enjoyed a piping hot pot of Assam straight after my swim and was then tempted to stay by their extensive loose leaf tea menu and Staffordshire Oatcake.

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