History of The Grapes and Wrea Green
The Grapes is a 19th century country pub situated in the lovely Lancashire village of Wrea Green. Previously known as The Letters Inn and The Dumplings Inn, this attractive pub-on-the-green has been at the heart of the community for years. Wrea Green was first recorded in the Domesday Book as the hamlet of Wra, but evidence suggests the area has been settled since prehistoric times. The nearby ancient market town of Kirkham lies on the old Roman road from Ribchester.
Until the late 19th century, Wrea Green was known as Wray. It only became known as Wrea Green to avoid confusion with another Lancashire village called Wray near Hornby, when the long-serving vicar became frustrated when his mail regularly went astray. The Grade II listed St Nicholas Church, built in 1848 next to The Grapes, forms part of the picturesque cluster of buildings around the village green, the largest such green in Lancashire. Up until the mid-20th century, it was not uncommon for villagers to graze their cattle and horses on the green, with its large duck pond, known as The Dub.
Since the 1920’s Wrea Green has annually celebrated ‘Field Day’ with a village festival and fair on the green, including crowning the village’s Rose Queen. The green has also been home to the village cricket team for over 100 years, and guests at The Grapes can enjoy the time-honoured sight of English village cricket on balmy summer days.
All the excitement of Blackpool’s family attractions are close by, less than seven miles distant, as is elegant Lytham St Annes, home of the famous Royal Lytham golf club and an attractive seaside resort. Wrea Green is just one of the pretty hamlets and heritage villages in the unspoilt countryside of rural Fylde. The Lancashire Coastal Way, a 137-mile footpath through some of the coastline’s most spectacular scenery including the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, begins at the nearby village of Freckleton. The trail takes in the Ribble Estuary, a National Nature Reserve of protected salt marshes and mudflats vital for the thousands of ducks, geese and wading birds that winter there.
After a day out on Blackpool’s Golden Mile or the Lancashire Coastal Way, The Grapes at Wrea Green is a tranquil haven at which to relax and enjoy delicious pub food in a welcoming village pub. This lovely pub-on-the-green serves tasty pub lunches and seasonal specials all day every day, washed down with a selection of fine wines and cask ales.
You can find The Grapes in the village of Wrea Green in Kirkham, just ten minutes from the centre of Blackpool. Simply tap PR4 2PH into your satnav.