OK, some would say drinks are not food, but let’s not be pedantic.
For local spring water, you only have to find the spring line along the road below The Cloud to find an outlet (flowing into the horse trough a little uphill from Goseberry Hole Lane), although there is a warning to boil the water from this source. Which is why Britain was so dependent on ale in centuries past, as the process resulted in a safer drink.
Local fruit juice produced by Congleton Sustainability Group from surplus apples and pears is available from various local outlets and farmers’ markets, and cider production is in the pipeline too.
There are many micro brewers across the country, and we have our fair share in and around Congleton, with two established brewers (Beartown, Cheshire Brewhouse and Front Row Brewing. You can buy these local brews at farmers markets, pubs (such as the Young Pretender) and restaurants, and direct purchases may also be possible – you’ll need to find out from the brewers themselves. Details are on our local drinks map.
We know of 4 cider producers in Cheshire (but none in Congleton): Mad Hatters in Stockport, Eddisbury Farm in Kelsall, Nook’s Yard Cider & Perry near Northwich, and Winsor Cheshire Dry Cider nr Tarporley. We’ve put them all on our map.
Wine in Cheshire? There’s a vineyard at Carden Park Hotel near Malpas, where they grow grapes that Staffordshire Halfpenny Green Winery turn into a sparkling white or rose wine for sale to Carden customers.
If you know of any other local produce or local outlets for it, please tell us via our contact form and we will add the information here.