The Carden Arms
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Church Rd, Tilston SY14 7HB
Tel: 01829 250 900


A very warm welcome to the Carden Arms. 

A traditional, independent 18th Century Coaching inn, set amongst a cobbled forecourt in the centre of the picturesque village of Tilston, in the glorious South Cheshire Countryside. A perfect place to eat, drink and stay.

We are sure that with our interesting, eclectic and welcoming bar and dining rooms you will find the perfect spot to enjoy a beer with friends or tuck into our traditional, home-made quality food. On fine days, we have a sun-filled terrace where we often cook and eat outdoors, returning to the open fires to warm by the bar when the evening closes in.

We cut no corners in finding and cooking the freshest local produce, alongside mouthwatering meat from our very own herd of traditional pedigree Hereford cows.


Some of Our Favourites

Using the freshest seasonal ingredients means our menu changes monthly but we keep hold of a couple of your favourites like Cottage pie, Ploughman's and Steak burger. You'll see our daily specials on the black board including the ever-present steak from our own herd of Hereford cattle. If you’d like to know what’s on today, just give us a call. Head on over to our EAT page to read about what makes us different and why if you love good food, the Carden Arms is well worth a visit. Here's a couple of our favourites.....



Mackerel on toast

With cucumber and tomato salsa


Yorkshire puddings

Filled with our own Hereford beef, horseradish cream


Peach salad

Whipped goats cheese, peach and candied pecan salad





Free-range chicken ballotine

Stuffed with spinach and pine nuts, crispy wing, dauphinoise potatoes, truffled peas and broad beans


Pigeon breast

Sweet potato gnocchi, sweet and sour gooseberries, alliums


Shallot tart tatin

Shropshire blue, chicory, walnut, tender stem broccoli, sherry vinaigrette




"Is the honeycomb handmade?" 
 "Of course it is, everything is!"

A chef, not a cook

Our food is prepared with great care by Head Chef John Mount and his talented team. As credentials go, John has all the big ones but our favourite jewels in the crown are his stints at Le Gavroche and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Choose a table next to our open kitchen to watch John as he prepares your meal.


Our Favourite Tipples

We pride ourselves on providing five of the finest local cask ales and beers, so we are sure you’ll find one that fits. We’ve got a fantastic list of carefully-tasted wines… and if you’d like to try something extra special, cast your eye over our ‘Classic Wines’ list.


Cask Ales and Beers

Weetwood – Eastgate – 4.2%

Lovingly crafted Cheshire ale. A robust foretaste with a terrific blend of fruit and hops and a long smooth finish. 


Salopian – Shropshire Gold – 3.8%

This is our easy-drinking number. Superbly balanced golden ale with a gentle hoppiness and a dry finish.



White Wines

Paparuda Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Selection 2015 (Transylvania)

Twenty first century wine making, from a culture that’s been making wine for over 3,000 years. Duty Sauvignon at its best.

Ca’ Solare Pinot Grigio, Provincia di Pavia IGT 2015 (Italy)

Delicately floral and light in body, with crisp fruit and a very subtle touch of honey on the finish.



Red Wines

Los Coches Pinot Noir, Valle Central 2016 (Chile) 

Aromatic and fresh wine with peach and apple blossom character and a succulent finish.

Las Pampas Malbec, Mendoza 2016 (Argentina)

Medium-bodied, ripe and smooth with subtle oak spice.




Eat, drink and be merry and then retire to our unique ensuite rooms. Discover the charming village of Tilston, or explore a little more of the south Cheshire countryside. The historic city of Chester is less than 30 minutes drive and there are a host of beautiful walks nearby at The Sandstone Trail. Take a look at our Nearby page to view local attractions and things to do.


Our Rooms

Looking for a mini break with someone special, an escape to the country or an alternative to the hum drum of a big chain hotel?

What better than being whisked away to a traditional 18th century coaching inn?


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The Carden Arms, Church rd,Tilston, Near Malpas,
Cheshire, SY14 7HB


01829 250 900


Opening Hours

Mon: 5pm – 11pm
Tues – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm - 10.30pm

Lunch Time Food Serving Hours

Mon – closed
Tues – Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm
Sun: 12pm - 8pm

Evening Food Serving Hours

Mon – closed
Tues – Sat: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Sun: 12pm - 8pm