Welcome to the
Axe & Cleaver
An attractive brick-and-stone-built pub dating from the Victorian heyday of 1880, The Axe & Cleaver is located in the extremely picturesque village of Dunham Massey. The pub’s handsome beer garden, dotted with trees, looks out onto fields carpeted with buttercups, winding lanes and unique, charming brick houses. Just along the beautiful Bridgewater Canal lies the Grade I listed Dunham Massey Hall, a striking residence built in 1616, set in impressive grounds. An imposing moat adds another layer of grandeur to the hall, and the orangery offers another green and attractive space in a village with an array of them. At the Axe & Cleaver we pride ourselves on classic pub food cooked with care. Whether it's hand-battered cod & chips, the gourmet burger, or the ever-popular ‘Brewer's Chicken’, now is the time to rediscover your old favourites. Make sure you try our traditional Sunday roasts with a huge a Yorkshire pudding and unlimited gravy. The team at the Axe & Cleaver are passionate about our food menu, so you can relax and enjoy our quality dishes and great service at this fantastic venue. The Axe & Cleaver pub dates back to 1880, and originated as a house with a beer license. Its attractive stone-and-brick-built exterior has remained virtually unchanged, as has much of the countryside surrounding this 19th century pub – the surrounding area primarily owned by the National Trust. The village of Dunham Massey was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as the Manor of Dunham, although settlement in the area goes back several centuries further, with the Old Roman Road (now the A56) between Chester and York passing along the Eastern edge of the village.