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April’s Kitchen

April’s Kitchen opened in 2017.  The building previously housed Café Toscano, and before that a deli and a dress agency although it was empty for some time whilst the street was re-developed (our tour guide can tell you more about that). Although the building itself is not that exciting (April won’t mind us saying that!) the refurbishment is brilliant. A lot of thought and care was taken with developing this eatery.  Warm, inviting and with some lovely personal touches.  The staff are lovely and local girl April is often on hand ensuring everything runs smoothly.

April’s Kitchen is one of those places you feel comfortable visiting at any time of day – breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee or an evening drink with friends.  It has a relaxed vibe and its welcoming to everyone.  On Friday and Saturday night it opens for longer often with live music and is great for cocktails or for an evening meal.  It also has a small area at the back available to reserve if you want a more private dining experience.

The offer for our tour is Cocktails!  You can learn a little about making them and then enjoy a pick me up after one of the sit down stops in the middle of the tour – whether an alcoholic one or otherwise, you will enjoy visiting this charming eatery.

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Café on the Corner

Café on the Corner is that wonderful hybrid of café and taverna with a menu that combines the best of British and the best of Turkish.

The staff are wonderful here – extremely friendly and take pride in what they do.  Their offer for the tour is either a brunch stop or lunch stop.  A wonderful start to the tour with a medley of breakfast favourites plus some Turkish dishes. The lunch stop is a tasty meze platter. The only thing we can’t guarantee is the sun.

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Cranford Cafe & Sandwich Bar

Run by the Freeman family, Cranford Cafe is a well loved cafe and sandwich bar conveniently (and obviously) situated in Cranford Place.  Their takeout (made to order) sandwiches, salads and paninis are legendary and have kept the people of Knutsford well-fed for nearly 20 years. The cafe menu is great too with their breakfasts a particular hit with customers.  Quirky fact.  They were part of the Hairy Bikers – Chicken & Egg series back in 2016.  The pair popped into Knutsford (direct from Tel Aviv) to enjoy Sally Freeman’s Coronation Chicken Dish.  It was a hit!

Our tour enjoys a quick stop at the cafe, picking up a Cheese Scone to go in our doggy bags to enjoy later.  Our tour guests need something to enjoy later!

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Dexter and Jones

We love Dexter & Jones!  Knutsford’s independent Craft Beer & Gin bottle shop and bar.  It stocks over 450 craft beers and over 100 artisan gins.  Wow!  Which one to choose is our main problem when visiting here.  We also love it because it is completely laid back and unpretentious – you can chat to your fellow beer and gin lovers or just quietly sip in the corner!

All of their beers are available to take away or can be consumed on the premises.  In addition to the beers on the shelves, the shop features 10 constantly changing draft keg beer lines.  As for gin, not to feel left out they also have 10 constantly changing ‘perfectly served’ G&Ts ‘on the board’ for you to try.  All are served with a premium tonic and the distillers recommended garnish, allowing you to taste the gin how the distiller intended.  They hold regular tutored tasting evenings in the shop, hosted by local brewers or distillers.  We are very lucky to have them on board our tour.  No prizes for guessing what their offer is on our tour – it is gin!  Enjoy!

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Evuna

Hola! If you visit Manchester then you will already be familiar with Evuna. Their story started in 2002 as a fine wine house with a main interest in importing Fine Spanish Wines from Boutique wineries. The following year, to complement their amazing wines they brought the best chefs from Madrid to rustle up an eclectic mix of Spanish dishes ranging from tapas to full banquets with anything in between. Unbelievably in 2018 they are celebrating 15 years as the North West’s leading Spanish restaurant, tapas bar and fine wine merchant.  Since the original Deansgate restaurant opened they have added the Northern Quarter, Knutsford (and soon Altrincham) to their Spanish venture.  However, quality and authenticity are the by-words underpinning each location.

In 2017 they opened their Knutsford branch and what a gorgeous restaurant it is.  A careful restoration of a Grade II listed building which includes a Josper Oven (the worlds largest indoor BBQ developed in the gastronomic hub of Barcelona).  This means as well as tapas the Knutsford branch offers an exciting main course menu.  The offer for the tour is a selection of tapas.  Disfrutar!

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Morgan Edwards Fine Wines and Spirits

Morgan Edwards are are based in a beautiful listed building in the heart of the town.  They moved there in August 2023 after starting out in Knutsford Market Hall. They are a really, friendly and knowledgeable duo – friends since University and have always loved wine.  After working in different fields, their first love kept calling and they decided to take the plunge and set up their first venture.  They are quite clever when choosing what to stock – selecting wines and spirits from smaller wholesalers and specialist importers (contrary to standard industry procedure).  So you never know, you might see that wine you fell in love with on a foreign holiday and haven’t seen since.  They have a wide range to suit all pockets and will happily dispense advise whether it is for your Friday (or if you are having a bad week Tuesday!) night bottle or a fancy dinner party.

Obviously we will be tasting wine on our tour – a small selection to whet your appetite.

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa opened on King Street in November 2021 and is run by Hattie Cufflin who is in her words “living my dream by opening my own chocolate shop”.  A professional pastry chef with experience in France and in the Duncombe Arms in Ashbourne, Hattie’s love for all things chocolate is obvious from the moment you walk through the door.  Plus everything is made on the premises and Knutsford is as proud as punch that she chose our town for her first shop!

Her offer for our tour is sampling some amazing single origin chocolates from a variety of countries all of which have their own story and unique natural flavour profiles.  The chocolates will be paired with a complimentary flavour – a fruit puree, sea salt or caramel.

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Tatton Perk 

Tatton Perk started out, four years ago, as a mobile coffee van (bright orange, hard to miss and you can still find it at events such as the Makers Market) before moving to the Moor Park just off Knutsford’s King Street car park. Run by Mark and team, there is nothing they do not know about coffee! Their aim is to serve consistently great coffee using skilled baristas, great equipment and the finest quality coffee beans (amongst the top 5% produced world-wide). Their award winning single origin hot chocolate (Ivory Coast white, Venezuelan milk and Haitian dark) are also very popular.

For our tour you will taste a couple of samples of freshly brewed v60 with tasting notes and some small hot chocolate tasters.  Enjoy!

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Real Fruit Creamery

The Real Fruit Creamery is one of those little hidden gems.  Tucked down a little side street on the way to The Moor it is easy to miss. Don’t though!  It is a gorgeous little place where they make gelato and sorbets and are constantly experimenting and evolving to create new flavours.  All their gelato and sorbets are handmade in small batches on the premises using only the finest quality ingredients to ensure that delicious, freshly made taste. They are especially proud (quite rightly too) of their trademark real fruit flavours, which are locally sourced wherever possible and always made from the juiciest of fruits. In the 4 years since they opened they have expanded to offer milkshakes (made from any flavour gelato!) and a wide selection of hot drinks. They really enjoy what we do, and their aim is to continue to create innovative, quality gelato for many years to come!

So no prizes for what you will be tasting on the tour.  Yep, apple pie!  Sorry, couldn’t resist!  It will be a lovely selection of sorbets and ice creams to refresh your pallet.  You are welcome.

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The Market Hall Butcher

The ‘two Mikes’ are fairly famous in Knutsford.  Famous for their ‘banter’, customer service and most importantly the quality of their produce.

Run by Mike Brown (who has worked in the market since he was 16) the stall offers a fantastic array of produce (buy as little or as much as you want) including locally caught game and their legendary ‘double yolk’ eggs.  There is also a deli offering a range of cheeses, cold meats and olives.

For the tour they serve a selection of their cheeses.

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The Market Cafe

There has been a cafe at the market since it opened in 1964 but Bahattin Atar took it over in October 2021. A trained chef with decades of experience Bahattin offers a fantastic variety of food both traditional and dishes that reflect his Turkish/Kurdish heritage.   It is a great little cafe but has a very loyal following which will grown as people get to know what is on offer – a full English, a full ‘Turkish’, homemade cheesecake or baklava!

The cafes offer for Taste Knutsford may change with the seasons – at the moment our guests are enjoying Bahattin’s tasty Baklava.

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The Tea Room

Every town needs a traditional tea room and The Tea Room is just that.  Light and airy and next door but one to The Cheese Yard (in Cotton Shop Yard) The Tea Room is run by mother and daughter Sue and Harriet is home to some gorgeous cakes, teas, brunches and lunches.

Like The Cheese Yard, The Tea Room has a small outside area as well which is perfect when the sun does shine, which is not enough we know but we are very glass half full here at Taste Knutsford.  If you have been walking around Tatton Park or The Heath, The Tea Room is extremely dog friendly.  Not only are they welcome but they have their own menu!

The Tea Room’s offer is what they do best – a slice of cake and one of their speciality teas to take out.

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Detaljer

Detaljer is an independent coffee shop and lifestore in the heart of Knutsford, owned by Caterine, a native Swede. The doors to Detaljer opened in 2021 and the business has gone from strength to strength!

Locally, Detaljer has become best known for their Swedish cinnamon and cardamom buns (baked daily on the premises!) and of course the great coffee and range of speciality teas.

It is uniquely filled with a scandi-inspired retail space, packed full of  house and home gifts and accessories, children’s toys and cards, all with a focus on sustainability and wellbeing.

Detaljer’s offer on the tour is a cinnamon bun/Swedish Princess Cake with tea or coffee.

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Wine and Wallop

Wine and Wallop are one of the original members of Taste Knutsford.  Located in the heart of King Street, their venue exudes a laid-back bohemian vibe.  You will be welcomed whether you want a glass of fizz, wallop (aka beer) wine, a flat white with or without food. If the sun is shining, you must check out their beautiful sun trap garden – the perfect spot for alfresco drinks.

Their offer for the tour is a taste of three of their selected beers. A perfect way to end the tour and a small glass of wine is available for those who prefer grape not grain.

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Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown is an old pub (17th century) slap bang in the heart of Knutsford.  In 1865 it was owned by Thomas Lee a Stockport licensee who also owned other businesses in the town.  The pub was used as dwelling houses and was quite rundown.  In 1860 White Directory shows it as a pub but closed.  In 1896 the pub was sold to Groves & Whitenall brewery and the date 1641 can be seen on a plaque at the front.  Around 1902 the brewery demolished the lovely building seen in the photo and you now have the current Rose & Crown (still very old really!)

A seventeenth century pub nestled in the heart of King Street, the Rose & Crown has roaring fires in winter and a gorgeous, sunny rear terrace for summer.  Run by a family team the pub is a popular venue, whether you are looking for traditional pub food, wines, gins or fancy a Sunday lunch.  As soon as you step into this pub its history jumps out at you – don’t forget to get a glimpse of the original fireplace dated 1641 – and it has a really lovely atmosphere.  Rose & Crown’s offer for our tour –a selection of items from their small plate menu!

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King Street Kitchen

King Street Kitchen’s menu is inspired by trips to Southern California, featuring quality ingredients that bring the Venice Beach vibe to Knutsford. Their notorious menu includes eclectic mix of plant-powered food, meat and fish dishes through brunch, lunch and dinner.

Their offer for the tour will showcase their small plates such as chicken skewers, hummus and cauliflower bites.