“ Address: Station Rd / Mouldsworth / Chester / CH3 8AJ / England „
Situated in Mouldsworth Village on the edge of Delamere Forest close to Chester. About twenty minutes by car.
This is my favourite pub/restaurant.
It is a large old pub with a long terrace overlooking a bowling green where you can sit and watch the bowlers or have a smoke or eat one of the best meals you will eat in England.
The Goshawk pub was originally known as the Station Hotel and it's proximity to the station means that folk can come by train from far and wide and enjoy a drink with their meal.
In fact if you show your ticket to the staff, the price of it will be deducted from your meal. (Only the local train though! Don't get carried away and expect them to refund your fare if you've travelled from Timbuctoo!)
The quality of the meals is superb. A very varied menu is offered, the portions are generous and reasonably priced.
I will get to a more detailed look at the menu later, bear with me.
The pub is beautiful inside and out.
The management have obviously gone to great lengths to make the whole place attractive, with planters, shrubs and flowers outside. There is some parking space at the front but you can drive through an old timbered archway to the back of the pub where there is a fair sized carpark.
Inside in front of the main bar are some very comfortable couches arranged around an open fire. You have to be quick to get on those though! :)
As old pubs often do it has a number of different sized and shaped rooms opening off the central bar. All with decent sized tables and comfortable dining chairs.
The place is spotless and the walls are decorated with old pictures and artefacts which look just right.
The background music is pleasant and unobtrusive. I usually hate music in restaurants but I kept hearing songs I really liked. You never have to compete with the music to make yourself heard, and that's how it should be.
The staff are the most attentive, friendly and helpful bunch I have ever come across in a restaurant or bar. They work hard and are very efficient but are never too busy to see if you are okay or to make sure you have what you need. I got the feeling that they were genuinely happy and enjoyed the team they worked with.
My son and daughter in law chose this venue for their wedding reception, it was a small affair, just twenty of us and they both knew we would be well looked after here.
The staff gave us a room, consulted us about everything that we wanted, served a perfect meal to each of us and generally supported us as we celebrated the marriage.
Nothing was too much trouble. They managed to be attentive without being intrusive and served us with humour and charm. Every single guest commented on the level of service and the quality of the meal. (Even the cranky Aunt was happy!)
A Small sample and the prices. I've included three of each course at random. There is much more! If I put everything in we'd be here until Julember!
Trio of Melon Pearls with champagne sorbet £3.95
Smoked Haddock with Welsh Rarebit Crust and herb oil £4.25
Bantry Bay Mussel's in a garlic, herb and white wine cream sauce £5.75
Trio of Sausage with mash champ potato and onion gravy £6.95
Pot Roast Pork with wilted greens and bramley apple gravy £8.95
Chicken Curry with rice and naan bread £9.95
Deep Fried Strawberry Jam Sandwich with strawberry coulis & ice cream £3.95
Classic Citrus Lemon Tart with clotted cream £4.25
Warm Choc and Pecan Nut Brownie with vanilla ice cream £4.25
My favourite meal there has been a Baked Camaembert cheese starter. Barbary Duck as a main course. I was too full for dessert but everyone enjoyed their various choices and I snaffled the odd spoonful. (yum!)
I heartily recommend the Goshawk, it is located in a lovely place. The pub is decorated beautifully inside out. The food is well cooked, imaginative, well presentd and reasonably priced. Both of my children are vegetarian and they were impressed with the choices available.
The toilets are roomy and clean and there seems to be wheelchair access throughout.
The staff are just incredibly good at what they do.
I love it and as a lot of other people do too, it is probably as well to ring and enquire about booking although we have eaten there without doing so.
Please, if you are in the area, try it. If you are not in the area, get here soon and try it!
You won't regret it.
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