A mini-guide to a day out in Alderley Edge
PUBLISHED: 00:01 10 March 2014
The village with a touch of glamour
Alderley Edge... so famous there’s even a bag named after it. And that’s quite appropriate because you’ll look the part if you’ve an oversized Birkin or Mulberry on your arm as you stroll down the main street looking for delicious treats.
There’s something quite unique about Alderley Edge as a place to live and visit. It’s not just the celebs who live here and add a patina of glamour to what is essentially a lovely Cheshire village, it is many things. It’s the location and the legends that have been built around red stone escarpment from which the village takes its name and the mixture of lovely high end shops and laidback rural vibe too.
Morning is indeed a time to shop for edible goodies from Alderley Edge’s gorgeous independent stores such as Grantham’s Fine Food and Wine and the bakery, G Weinholt.
Head for The Yard on the Edge which’ incorporates a butchery, a bakery, a juice bar, a delicatessen, a green grocers and a flexible events space. Maybe a spot of Yoga will put you in the mood for lunch. This family-run business has been enticing visitors with an inventive combination of artisan foods and a range of events including cookery classes, bread making workshops, yoga classes, film nights, acoustic music sessions, open mike/poetry/comedy, plus themed supper clubs..
Take time to gaze upon the landscape. The dramatic red sandstone escarpment with dramatic views and ancient copper mines are the stuff of ancient as well as modern legend.
You might not find any golden bars here - although you can hope - several ancient gold bars were discovered here in the 190s but the Edge is pretty magical even without them. Alderley Edge is supposed to be the place where King Arthur’s Knights slumber, in wait for the day when they will have to awaken and rise up to defend England. The story goes ‘There will come a day when these men awake from their enchanted slumber and will descend the plain, decide the fate of a great battle and save their country. This shall happen when George the son of George shall reign.’
Let’s do lunch. There’s nothing like whiling away a couple of hours with a glass of bubbles and a menu in hand at restaurants such as the Alderley Edge Hotel and Restaurant, Alderley Bar and Grill, or the Grill on the Edge. When the weather is fine, you can dine alfresco at Loch Fyne, or on the terrace at Gusto.
Alderley Edge’s monthly farmer’s Market is the place to go to pick up some delicious produce and maybe do a little star-spotting in the process! The Alderley Edge Farmers Market is on the second Sunday of every month (the next in April) and runs from 9am till 1pm. Ideal for getting all the ingredients to cook the perfect Sunday Lunch.
Any other time of the week, this is the place to pick up a gorgeous designer outfit from fabulous independents like Rocca Boutique and Tuula. Oh and the less well-heeled head out here for a spot of charity shop tourism. You never know what goodies you might find in the local Oxfam.
of course you want to look the part amongst all those Premiership footballers, wags and TV presenters then head for the local nail bar and get a mani and pedi and indulge in an expert blow-dry at a salon to make you feel utterly gorgeous before you head out to the bars and restaurants.
This is such a glamorous place to enjoy a champagne-fuelled night of fun at venues such as the Botanist and The Bubble Room, or dinner at the Wizard and if you need somewhere to stay book in at the Wizard’s Thatch. A400-year-old cottage, the oldest in Alderley Edge centre transformed into a hotel.