A mini-guide to a day out in Lymm

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 December 2013

The exterior of Statham Lodge Country House Hotel

The exterior of Statham Lodge Country House Hotel

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The perfect place for a relaxing Christmas

9.00am Wake yourself up with a brisk walk. What’s not to love about Lymm’s idyllic setting and lovely location in the heart of the Cheshire countryside? The conservation area is where you can check out the charming architecture of this prosperous village and one of the intriguing landmarks is Lymm Cross which dates from the early to the middle 17th century. Constructed of sandstone it was restored in 1897. Above the cross is an extension which carries a stone ball and an ornate weather vane. On the east, south and west gables are bronze sundials of 1897 carrying the inscriptions “We are a Shadow”, “Save Time” and “Think of the Last.”

11.00am Take a break at a cafe then head off to the shops. What a nice place this is for a spree. maybe you fancy sprucing up the home with a few well chosen pieces from the local interiors store? Or finding someone a fabulous gift of a painting from Collect Art? Here you can buy anything from a pair of shoes to delicious produce.

1.00pm Time for lunch. The Lymm Hotel is a peaceful retreat and the food is delicious. It really is the place if you want to put some distance between yourself and the city and yet just a short drive away are links by road and rail to Warrington, Liverpool, Manchester and the airports - which is why the hotel is a popular spot for everything from weddings to business meetings.

Another great venue for lunch (and/or dinner) is the Church Inn, chef Aiden Byrne’s archetypal country inn in leafy Lymm is a great place to end up after a walk. It not only oozes character but has a delicious menu of locally sourced food complimented by craft ales and delicious wines. Menu includes dips, Scotch eggs, mixed grills, steak and ale pie... comfort food at its very best.

3.00pm Check out Lymm’s waterways which date back to the 1770s when the Duke of Bridgewater created them to transport coal from Worsley. He built the Bridgewater canal and this became the catalyst for the famous Manchester Ship Canal, although there is a precedent for this. The name Lymm is of Celtic origins and means a “place of running water” and is likely derived from an ancient stream that ran through the village centre. 
The barges which can now been seen on the canal make this a very attractive place 
for a walk.

4.00pm Take a break and head over to Statham Lodge Country House Hotel for tea or a drink. This is a rather fine Georgian manor house and a very popular location for weddings and other splendid events. The grounds and gardens are especially pretty, even at this time of the year. You might even want to stay over for the Christmas celebration!

6.00pm An aperitif before dinner in a charming country pub is sure to put you in the mood for some excellent food. Lymm has everything including an Indian takeaway (where a member of the Living Edge staff encountered Stone Roses singer Ian Brown one night).

As well as Lymm Hotel, Statham Lodge and the Church Green, there are quite a few restaurants to explore for dinner, whether you want to indulge in Indian, Turkish or Italian cuisine, or maybe tuck into Tapas.

9.00pm End your visit by catching a live band at The Venue. They have an Open Mic Night (chilled out Tuesday) which continues to attract an incredibly talented group of musicians and is a hidden gem of an evening which is discovered by more and more people.

And on a Thursday night the music continues with young up and coming acoustic acts Look out for other “surprise evenings”’ maybe a magician, a jazz event or a Sunday charity function. Surely the perfect recipe for some festive fun!

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