Set on the outskirts of the historic market town of Neston, this traditional country-style pub promises cosy shelter on harsh winter nights and a beer garden adorned with blooming hanging baskets for balmy summer afternoons.
The Hinderton Arms is conveniently located on the A540, just a 20-minute drive from the city of Chester. It sits on the edge of a small town called Neston, which was once a major port before the River Dee became chocked with silt, and later became coal mining hub. Now, it is a largely residential town, functioning as a suburb to the nearby cities of Liverpool and Chester.
The pub sits on the site of an old court house, where local criminals were once hanged for their crimes. Traces of this macabre past have been totally erased and these days, it is a much more welcoming spot with eye-catching floral displays of its beer garden and its handsome historic exterior drawing in many passers-by. The large interior can accommodate 125 covers inside and a further 60 outside when the weather allows.Read more...
Records from an 1826 Turnpike Act (toll road act) indicate that a pub has stood on this site for more than 190 years, though it was not always known as the Hinderton Arms. Back in the 19th century, it was called the Shrewsbury Arms, a name most likely taken from the Earl of Shrewsbury, who may have been the owner. It wasn’t until later that the pub adopted its current name, taking inspiration from the nearby Hinderton Hall Estate, which was built in the mid-19th century for a prominent Liverpool wine merchant.
Though a loyal following of locals often come to the Hinderton Arms for a post-work pint or feed on their way home, the pub is equally popular among day-trippers and visitors from further afield who come to explore this history-soaked and garden-filled region.
In the towns, countryside and cities all around the Hinderton Arms, history bubbles to the surface. In Chester, just a 20-minute drive away, the relics of the Romans still survive in the form of the city walls, and the thread of time can be traced through historic constructions such as the medieval cathedral, timbered Tudor façades and attractive Victorian houses.
The pub is also a popular lunch and dinner spot for visitors to the Wirral, a Merseyside peninsula with a rich Viking history and a thriving modern culinary scene. Just a mile away from the Hinderton Arms in Neston, St. Mary’s and St. Helen’s Church displays carved fragments from 10th-century Viking crosses.
For visitors of the green-fingered bent, the award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens will top the agenda. Overlooking the Dee Estuary, this 64-acre plot contains more than 15,000 plants, many of which have far-flung roots having been introduced from the likes of China, Tibet and Nepal. With the gardens less than 10 minutes’ drive from the Hinderton Arms, it is not uncommon for horticultural enthusiasts to call in to the pub for lunch, having spent the morning working up an appetite walking around the gardens, gawping at the beautiful borders and carefully tended beds. With the ever-changing gardens offering something new to look at on a monthly basis, locals often make repeat visits throughout the year.
Just three miles from the Hinderton Arms is another quiet pocket of lushness beloved by garden enthusiasts: Burton Manor Gardens. A team of garden-loving volunteers help maintain the estate’s Grade II-listed formal garden and the sheltered Sunken Garden as well as nurturing an apple orchard on the grounds. The estate also contains an early 19th-century ice house (from the days before fridges), an Edwardian Glasshouse and the eponymous Burton Manor, a Grade II-listed Arts and Craft-style house that was used as a military base during World War II and later, as an educational college.Show less...