Set deep in the Cheshire countryside, the village of Tilston lies nestled just south of Chester. At its heart lay Carden Arms, an 18th-century coaching inn. It started its life as a true working man's drinking hole. It spread over the years absorbing the next house along, and even the stables at the end. Like many 18th century pubs, it's laid out in a sprawl of nooks and crannies riddled with a character of ages...
Carden Arms was bought by Didy Morgan who has lived in the area most of her life (with a couple of blips here and there!). Didy had a dream of what pubs used to be and a vision of what Carden Arms can become.
The plan was ambitious, the ideas were sound, the team was small but enthusiastic. Finally, the bar was open with a week to go until Christmas 2016. With Christmas out of the way in a blur, it was time to get the food out there. Didy knew what she wanted; good honest English classics, cooked from scratch in front of the customer.
supporting local business
With favourites such as Cottage Pie, homemade Cliffe Bank Beef burgers, and Sunday roast dinner to cater to the heart of the village. As we've grown we've closed in the spread of our ingredients using our homegrown herd of traditional Herefords, Dakin's local potatoes, Springfields happy chickens, Lloyd's local eggs, Robert's butter, Burnett's lamb and Perry's produce. Didy has found the mantra for the pub. "Good, honest fayre, supporting local business and produce".
Somehow, in amongst the turmoil, the building work continued and we finalised our next venture. Three (Later to become five) beautifully adorned, antique-clad and fully en-suite rooms were opened to the general public and proved to be a success. Be it a countryside retreat, a romantic getaway or a flying visit.
No rest for the wicked they say. So we went on to create a smaller, bespoke private dining room upstairs. With a long oak table, suitable for 14 persons and an adjoining drawing room with fireplace, we had created a luxurious, unique area for dinner parties to suit any occasion.