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.
Cheshire Quality is a gorgeous shop situated at the ‘station end’ of King Street (overlooking this end when visiting Knutsford is at your loss, there are some great little shops down there!) which opened in February 2020. The owner John Paul, has carefully curated under one roof, a beautiful selection of handmade and artisan products all hailing from Cheshire. These products range from jam, chutney and honey to candles, art, cards and books. For our tour, guests will be sampling some sublime handcrafted Cheshire chocolate. And probably taking some home too!
A cute little bistro on Knutsford’s Princess Street aka ‘top street’, Copper 29 opened in early March 2020…….so in reality has not been open long and is our newest addition to our tour family. Run by Vicky Assinder and a small team it specialises in brunch, small plates (with a Spanish and Middle Eastern vibe), fantastic coffee, wines and cocktails. This is a great place to visit during the day or evening – extremely friendly staff and an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Their offer for the tour reflects this. Depending on the tour you book, you could either enjoy ‘brunch tapas’ and coffee or canapes and fizz. If you want to experience both you can always plan a return visit!
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!
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!
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 Croquetas Variadas. Disfrutar!
Morgan Edwards Fine Wines and Spirits
Morgan Edwards are are based in Knutsford Market Hall (alongside The Market Cafe, Jonty’s Fruit & Veg, The Market Butcher and Plastic Free Weigh) they have been trading there since February 2018. 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.
Jonty’s Fruit & Veg
Knutsford prides itself on it’s independent retailers and we are very lucky to have an ‘indie’ greengrocer in the market hall. Run by Knutsfordian Jonty Page alongside Jane, Jackie (check out their Friday’s quizzes on Instagram) and Georgia it is a visually stunning stall with an array of colourful produce to choose from (normally served in nature’s, not plastic, packaging)
Their offer will change with the seasons but it will be served alongside the other treats from their fellow traders. There are supermarket fruit kebabs and there are Jonty’s fruit kebabs and once you’ve tried them we know which ones you will prefer.
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.
Plastic Free Weigh
Plastic Free Weigh is part of Knutsford Market Hall and although it might seem an odd choice for a food tour, it sells some gorgeous and carefully selected treats. Vikki the owner has managed to curate a gorgeous space – a stall filled with household essentials and eco alternatives but also gifts and treats that you will not find elsewhere. It is a stall to linger in and discover. Her offer for the tour is a sample of her chocolate vegan bars. These are offered during Morgan Edwards’ wine tasting and of course can be taken home to devour later.
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.
Rose & Crown
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 – is the classic fish & chips!
The Cheese Yard
The Cheese Yard is a specialist cheese shop and café that prides itself on selling the finest produce and supporting local suppliers (always a winner in our books). As well as cheese they have a wide selection of deli products such as local chutneys and artisan crackers, British paté and charcuterie plus daily home-made quiche. Of course, what accompanies cheese? Wine, of course and this cute little shop sells a unique selection that you will not see in the supermarket. Parisian Vincent Lazzrini , the owner, has many years of ‘cheese experience’ and to be honest is a walking encyclopedia (or should we say wikipedia) when it comes to cheese, So no prizes for guessing what their offer is for our tour, yep it is cheese! They stock a huge range of cheeses from ewe’s, buffalo, goat and cows to hard, soft, blue and smelly! With so many different cheeses to choose from they might choose a different selection for each tour.
However, whatever the offer you will leave with some cheesy facts you can impress your friends with at your next dinner party (or by the water cooler who knows)
The Courthouse is in a Grade II listed building and it will blow you away. So even though this is a food tour be prepared to feast your eyes on a fairly recent conversion from a working court to a hotel, bar and restaurant. It is a truly iconic building – Alan Turing’s trial took place there and the magnificent building has been refurbished to emulate it’s history and grandeur-style. It is now home to Barristers Restaurant & Rooftop Gardens and The Courtroom and Moneypenny Suite which are used for events and weddings and offers 10 luxury bedrooms.
The restaurant aptly called Barristers is headed up by Executive Chef Steven Tuke and Head Chef Jake Rossington and serves premium British seasonal menus throughout the day, providing a fresh and homemade menu that changes with their local suppliers, foragers and gatherers. The Courthouse will be offering a mini afternoon tea, right at the very end of the tour and it will be the perfect finish of a gastronomic day!
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 their fresh olives make a great pairing alongside Morgan Edwards wines.
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 Borek.
The Old Sessions House
The Old Sessions House is nestled in the centre of Knutsford, on Princess Street (or top street as it is known to the locals!). TOSH is a quintessential British pub – cosy & welcoming and quite frankly we are sure you will all agree we need to support the British pub. It might be modern in style but it is intimate, cosy and relaxed plus children and dogs are welcome.
Again the menu is vast and varied and ranges from massive burgers, dirty chips through to sea bass fillets and a detox salad – the latter possibly is popular on a Monday lunchtime….. Sunday lunches are a particular highlight of the week and of course like any pub there is a huge selection of wines, gins, lagers and cask ales. However, like any pub it is the staff that count and they are a particularly friendly bunch at TOSH. They recently won first place in the public voted ‘Floral Walk’ competition run to celebrate the annual RHS Show at Tatton Park.
Their offer for the tour is a lovely selection of nibbles – corn nachos, salt & vinegar halloumi fries and cauliflower fritters.
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 brunch and a very lovely brunch it is too. The only problem with it is the quantity!