The Yew Tree, in the picturesque village of Bunbury, near Tarporley, is launching its new Countryside Walking Guide this Easter weekend. The 19th-century pub is inviting diners to book in for a meal between Thursday 18th and Monday 22nd April and pick up a complimentary goody bag before heading off on one of three suggested routes in the wildlife-rich local area. Plus, as an added treat, pub-goers should keep their eyes out for clues on Easter Sunday, as these can be exchanged for chocolate eggs!
Gary Kidd, the new general manager at The Yew Tree, said: “We can’t wait to launch our new walking guide, which will give our customers plenty of inspiration for exploring the beautiful Cheshire countryside on our doorstep.
“Spring is the perfect time for a rural stroll, with the days getting longer and the weather warming up, although our walking routes can be enjoyed at any time of the year!”
The guide features three simple, colour-coded routes that range from a two-and-a-half mile easy stroll to a moderate walk of almost six miles. Suitable for all ages, the routes take in historic sites such as Beeston Castle.
“Free parking is available at the pub,” added Gary, “and we’ll be here to welcome walkers after they’ve ‘walked up’ an appetite and a thirst.
“We’re dog-friendly too, so our customers’ canine companions can rest their paws after working off energy sniffing out the local flora and fauna.”
The shortest of the three routes, ‘Bunbury Mill and Village’, offers a pleasant stroll through fields to beautifully-restored Bunbury Mill, a working watermill. The route then returns to The Yew Tree via the village’s historic church and pretty cottages.
The second route, ‘Bunbury Mill and the Shropshire Union Canal’, provides an enjoyable walk through farmland. Much of this route is on country lanes, and it also takes in two watermills. Along the way walkers can admire the canal architecture and explore Bunbury village.
The longest route, ‘Beeston Castle’, is a five and three-quarter-mile field walk to the pretty village of Beeston, with views of Peckforton and Beeston Castles (and a chance to visit the latter). The route returns via Bunbury village and church.
Gary said: “We’ve put together this guide because we want our customers to not only enjoy our delicious menu and extensive selection of cask ales and wines, but to make the most of our stunning location and reconnect with nature.
“The walks are ideal for keen walkers and novices alike, and are also perfect for walking groups and families – there’s something for everyone.
“And if people have difficulty choosing which one to do, they can always return again and again to complete all three!”
Now owned by the Chester Race Company, The Yew Tree has recently launched its new menu, where Great British pub classics sit alongside innovative creations.
Running the kitchen is head chef Ben Ackland, who boasts global experience together with an impressive CV. His career spans iconic establishments such as The Ivy and Soho House to multi-million pound venues in Texas and private dining on the Côte d'Azur.
Meanwhile, The Yew Tree’s interior has also undergone a makeover, to give it a home-from-home feel.
To find out more about The Yew Tree’s Countryside Walking Guide or to book a table at the pub, please visit: www.bunburyyewtree.co.uk or call 01829 304384.