M6, Junction 19; 3 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Tabley Tea Room is an infinitely superior stop to the mediocre services at nearby Knutsford. Tucked away beneath Tabley House – a grand Palladian pile built using red Runcorn sandstone – there’s a quaintness to the atmospheric cafe, with its lace tablecloths, mismatched china and ornately carved fireplace.
You’ll get a friendly reception and efficient service from Deb and Mark and their team, who took over the café here after the success of their Victoriana Tea Room in town. Kids will love the milkshakes and grown-ups can feast on excellent breakfasts (try the eggs Benedict), light lunches and home-baked cakes. Run off any excess energy in the wonderful grounds.
You can use the tearoom without paying to visit the house, but do make time to see it if you can: it’s stuffed with fine art and antique furniture and features a 17th-century chapel, which was moved here, brick-by-brick, from Tabley Old Hall in 1927.