How to spend the day in Nantwich

Nantwich is just a short drive from Staffordshire and is brimming with fascinating culture, tasty foodie delights, exciting shopping and a lively nightlife. LIVING has the perfect itinerary to set you up for a great day out. 

A view of the shops in Nantwich. Photo via Nantwich Town Council

10am: Fuel the day with coffee and cake

Nantwich is bursting with delightful cafés, but when coffee and cake calls, head to Ginger & Pickles on Mill Street. It has won an array of accolades and awards, and is considered one of the highlights of Nantwich’s foodie trail. Offering a delicious selection of homemade cakes and pastries, including traditional Victoria Sponge, Carrot Cake and Brownies, you will certainly have to indulge a little to experience the best. But, it’s the perfect spot to get the fuel you need for a dose of the culture coming next.

11am: Soak up the culture  

There are plenty of places to visit in and around Nantwich to delve deep into the interesting heritage of this Cheshire hotspot – from nuclear bunkers, to Snugbury’s Ice Cream and even a zoo. However, if you have time for just two attractions on your visit, then the Nantwich Museum and St Mary’s Church are good places to start. The museum is located on Pillory Street and was built on the site of a former jail, browse the galleries and get right up to speed on the story of the town. Right in the centre of Nantwich is St Mary’s Church, considered to be one of the finest medieval churches in England, it dates back to the 14th Century and is recorded on the National Heritage List for England.

1pm: Spot of lunch

Fancy trying something a bit unusual for lunch? Head on down to Street Nantwich, located on Welsh Street, serving street food from around the globe, including burritos, hot dogs and noodles. It’s a DIY kind of place – so don’t expect much on the service – you order the food from the bar, collect your food from the kitchen and eat from baskets, but for a relaxed bite in a central location, you can’t go wrong.

2pm: Boutique hopping

One of Nantwich’s highlights must be the collection of boutiques and speciality shops it boasts. From cute crafts and antiques to fashion and accessories, it has something to please all tastes and you can happily browse from one unit to the next without too much hassle! Those of us looking for something a bit special to wear for an upcoming occasion are spoilt for choice, as well as endless places to update your casual wardrobe – you’ll just have to worry you don’t spend too much!

5pm: Spa therapy

After a busy day of shopping and eating, why not treat yourself to a little bit of spa relaxation.  Nantwich has many spas to choose from and many of them are housed in the classic black and white medieval buildings giving you a dose of culture at the same time. Go on, you’ve been meaning to get that facial for months!

7pm: Classy dinner

If you want to get dressed up and head out for a romantic dinner with drinks afterwards then you’ll want to check out Residence Restaurant & Bar. Established in 2007 and set over two floors, it has a cocktail bar, restaurant, alfresco garden terrace and a private hire suite. Spend an evening wining, dining and enjoying the funky atmosphere with some of Cheshire’s country elite.

If you want to make a night of it…

Enjoy a little piece of luxury at Nantwich’s Rookery Hall and Spa which has renovated old stables into a spa and swimming pool area too so there is plenty to do to relax and unwind. A classic room at Rookery costs from £111.60 per night.

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