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Located on the rural outskirts of Wilmslow in Cheshire, this 200-year-old pub is set in rolling countryside just a stone’s throw from one of the UK’s most affluent towns.

Serving drinks since at least 1804, the Unicorn pub has a rich history and lots of historical charm. Pints and pub meals are enjoyed in the bright open-plan bar or outside in a large, leafy beer garden that is awash with blossom in the springtime. The brick-built building and its classic Georgian-style windows overlook the hills of the Cheshire countryside, making for an idyllic pub setting at the heart of the so-called Golden Triangle, an area encompassing several affluent Cheshire towns.

The Unicorn is two miles from the centre of Wilmslow, an upmarket town known for its wealthy and celebrity residents. Famous actors, comedians and sports people are all drawn to the area for its chic shops and cafés, rural surroundings and easy access to major cities like Manchester, which is just 10 miles north. The affluent lifestyle of Wilmslow’s residents is best reflected in the high street’s fine-dining restaurants and designer fashion boutiques, and in the local Aston Martin dealership, which is said to sell more of the luxury sports cars than anywhere else in the country.

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Originally part of an ancient parish, Wilmslow was made a civil parish in its own right in the 1830s. But the town’s history goes back even further still. One of Britain’s most important Iron Age archaeological discoveries was found in Wilmslow in the 1980s, when a preserved 2,000-year-old body was unearthed from local peat bogs. Archaeologists believe Lindow Man, or Pete Marsh as he was nicknamed, was dumped in Lindow Moss sometime between 2 BC and 119 AD, and the discovery thrust Wilmslow into the media spotlight. Lindow Man was eventually transferred to the British Museum, where he is the star feature in the Iron Age exhibit.

Today’s Wilmslow, alongside Alderley Edge and Prestbury, is part of Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, named so due to its sought-after residential postcodes. It became popular with wealthy north-west families in the Victorian era, when the railways arrived and connected the area to other major towns and cities. Aside from its wealth, the town is known for being the birthplace of international clothing giant Umbro and for its noteable representatives in parliament, most recently George Osborne.

The Unicorn is surrounded by historical sites, including the Grade I-listed Adlington Hall, one of the most striking country houses in England. Just two miles away from the pub, Adlington Hall is a living timeline of British architecture, with a Great Hall dating back to the 1480s, a Tudor-era east wing and Georgian west wing complete with enormous ballroom. Originally a Saxon hunting lodge, the hall was taken by William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest. It was passed to the crown in 1221 and eventually bequeathed to the Legh family, who shaped the buildings into what you see today and whose descendants still call the grand residence their home. Adlington Hall is a National Heritage-approved estate, with a Grade I listing for the main building and a further 11 Grade II-listed features throughout the grounds. The public are welcome to visit the hall on selected days or by private arrangement. They can also take walks within the 2,000-acre estate’s gardens, which include winding paths, follies, rambling rose gardens and a yew tree maze. Guests can also tour a number of rooms inside the main buildings, including the chapel, the Great Hall and the oak-panelled dining room, all of which contain period furniture and paintings.

Fractionally closer to the pub, just a couple of miles away, is the 500-acre Dandy Farm. This working farm isn’t the place to find the usual pigs and cows, as it’s a specialised farm for breeding and selling adorable miniature ponies. Visits and children’s parties are arranged with the owners by appointment.

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Unicorn

Adlington Road, Cheshire, SK9 2LN

 

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