The Grapes hotel is a delightful 19th century country pub in the picturesque Lancashire village of Wrea Green overlooking the village green and duck pond. Close to all the attractions of Blackpool and Lytham St Annes in the heart of rural Fylde.
At the heart of the pretty and photogenic village of Wrea Green, a regular winner of Lancashire’s Best Kept Village award, stands the 19th century Grapes pub restaurant, overlooking the village green and duck pond. On leisurely summer days the green plays host to the village cricket team, and guests can combine a stroll on the green with a delicious pub lunch.
Recorded in the Domesday Book as the hamlet of Wra, the village grew up around the green, the largest village green in Lancashire, and every year in June the green hosts Wrea Green Field Day, a colourful village festival and fair that culminates with the crowning of the Rose Queen. Wrea Green is the starting point for some pleasant walks in the surrounding Fylde countryside and the salt marshes, mudflats and wetlands of the Ribble Estuary, a National Nature Reserve, provide habitat for a rich variety of birds and rare plants.
Just three miles from the M55 at Junction 3, The Grapes at Wrea Green is a delightful country pub in a quintessentially English village setting, where guests can enjoy a leisurely pub lunch and seasonal specials throughout the year, along with a selection of fine wines and cask ales.Read more...
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.