“ Location: Chester Road, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4AJ / Tel: 01925 740256 „
~~That name Rings a Bell!~~
As this pub is only about ten minutes away from us by car, it is fast becoming a favourite eating and meeting place for our family and friends. The pub is part of the Chef and Brewer chain and provides reasonably priced food and drink.
The Ring O' Bells pub sits opposite the village church in Daresbury near Warrington. Daresbury is a lovely old village. It's famous son, Lewis Caroll, is imortalised by the pictures of Alice in Wonderland in the stained glass windows of the church. The pub carries on the theme and there are various pictures and references to the stories throughout the pub.
The rambling old pub has, like Topsy," just growed!" It was originally a courthouse and the front is quite elegant with lots of lovely flower baskets and an old stone horse trough to the side.
It is hard to work out where the original pub ends and the extensions begin. What you have ended up with is a set of reasonable sized dining and drinking rooms set out in a way that means that the spaces are friendly and intimate. There seem to be a lot of rooms to choose from and they have all been recently refurbished in a pleasing but unusual colour scheme.
Real fires and cosy chairs add to the welcoming atmosphere.
~~Food with bells on!~~
The menu is extensive, perhaps a bit too extensive, but the waitress told me that the menu will change soon and become simpler. The main attraction for us are the special offers which go on throughout the week. Every weekday there seems to be a different offer on. We usually take advantage of the "Two courses for £9.99" deal.
I was there last week with two friends and I had mushrooms in sauce for starters and steak for a main course. The mushrooms were delicious, they were a good size and the cheesey sauce was tasty without being overpowering. My main course which was a 7oz steak was a little overcooked for me but not enough to complain about. My friend unfortunately received a steak which was one third gristle, in my opinion the chef should never had let it leave the kitchen. When we complained a replacement was offered with no problem. When it arrived it was very good and she enjoyed it. It took a while though.
Wednesday night is 'Vegetarian night' which my Son and Daughter in law love. The Leek & Mushroom linguine is their current favourite but they say there is usually a good choice which you don't often find if you are a vegetarian.
Thursday is 'Curry night' where two curry dishes and accompaniments plus a drink costs £9.99 I haven't tried this yet but the choices look very good indeed.
Friday is 'Fish Night'. I had a beautiful 'Salmon in sweet chile sauce', one night. It was delicious and the accompanying veg was nice and fresh too.
Sunday roast is pretty good with large portions of meat and plenty of veg to go with it. I don't think you have to book but it has been very busy when I've been there on a Sunday.
I am not going to bore you with a full listed menu, though you can see it on their website. I have added the address below.
I like the dining areas, they are a bit randomly furnished with lots of different styles of chairs and tables. It could look messy but it feels relaxed and welcoming. 140 people can eat here at once but I don't think I'd like to be there when that happens! A further 130 can eat outside in the massive and well tended terraced gardens when the weather is good. Part of the terraces is reserved for smokers and they may only smoke there which is a good idea I think. I would like to see a heated smoking area for the winter months though, there is plenty of space for one. Perhaps there is one and I've missed it!
I have found the staff to be unfailingly pleasant and helpful. Occasionally service has been a little slow but it is a big place and I would not expect them to be 100% all of the time. The only time I have had less than good service from the staff was once when I was talking to one of the managers about and he went off to another table in the middle of our conversation, which I thought was a bit offhand. Anyway, it's only happened once and he was very busy.
~~Other odds and ends~~
The pub appears to me to be wheelchair accessible. Most of the terraces too can be reached from the carparks so I think wheelchair users could gain access both inside and out. There is a 'Disabled' loo too.
The Ladies toilets whilst clean, have occasionally had no toilet paper and the one I visited there last week had a hand drier which I only managed to make work for about five seconds. I couldn't make it work again and rather than wave my hands under it like a demented magician, I gave up and dried my hands on my jeans! It seems a bit odd to me that the toilets are not brilliant when the rest of the place is so good.
Children are allowed until 9pm and there are baby changing facilities available. (I've always wondered whether you could change an ugly baby for a prettier one but I have never dared ask!)
Car parking is free and plentiful. You will find the car parking areas spread out on different levels around the back of the pub. I have not had any problem parking when I've been there.
The Ring O Bells has won awards for it's Real Ales and carry a good range of them to try. My Brother in Law is a CAMRA fanatic (and a morris dancer) and he gave it the thumbs up! Mind you, he was dancing there at the time and from where I was standing he looked like he'd tried all of them at once! They usually sell Courage Director's, Theakstons, Wells Bombardier + 2 Guest ales at any one time. I like the Well's bombardier the best.
The prices of the drinks are as reasonble as their food prices.
This is a decent place to meet, eat, drink and be comfortable in. The food is good but a bit variable. The prices are very competetive and the managers do their best to vary the offers and provide something for everyone. The gardens are lovely in Summer and it is an interesting old building that hasn't had it's historical guts ripped out of it. I recommend it.
~~Contact details and opening hours~~
Chester Road, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4AJ
Tel. 01925 740256
Monday - Saturday 11am - 11pm.
Sunday 12noon - 10.30pm ..