Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.
Sandbach Old Hall was built in 1656 by John Radclyffe, the son of Sir John Radclyffe, Lord of the Manor of Sandbach, who secured Sandbach's market charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1579, for a Thursday market and three fair days (remarkably, the Thursday market still continues to this day). Presumably, when it was built it would have been called Sandbach New Hall, but time is a cruel master....
The house was built on the site of a previous manor, home of the Sondbache family, which had been built in the 13th century but which had been destroyed by fire. Interestingly, when we were restoring the roof, a great number of the stone roofing flags appear to have been smoke-damaged, and it's not inconceivable that they could have been recycled from the earlier building.
There is archeological evidence of an even older building on the site dating from the 12th century - a wattle and daub rectangular building with a turf roof, which apparently served as the seminary for priests attached to the local minster (now St Mary's church).
In the 18th Century an extension was added to Old Hall by a descendant of Sir John Radcliffe, to create a tavern known as the Three Tuns Inn, which became famous for brewing a strong malt liquor - meaning that the hall has been dispensing hospitality for some 300 years now.
In the 19th Century, Old Hall was owned by Lord Crewe, when a further extension was added to accommodate travellers and horses of the Liverpool to Lichfield coach: a carriage arch was built on the right wing of the building, leading through to stables at the rear of the building. This marked the beginning of Old Hall's existence as a hotel, and the stables still stand at the rear of the building, but have since become private housing.
During the Second World War, Old Hall was requisitioned to house American officers, and General Patton, who was based for a time in Knutsford, visited his officers here on a number of occasions. On an upstairs window pane, one of his men has scratched an inscription recording one such visit.
The building has been described as being a near perfect example of Elizabethan wattle and daub architecture, and is probably the last example ever built. It has some lovely features within the building: there are two Jacobean fireplaces, one of which has an adjacent priests hole with a concealed door, lots of original oak panelling and an original oak baluster staircase, on which someone once sat long enough to carve 'IB 1828' into the wood.
In the cellar is a tunnel that is purported to lead under the main road to St Mary's Church opposite. The tunnel is believed to have been intended for priests escaping persecution, but legend has it that it was also used to smuggle girls into the coaching inn. A further tunnel is said to exist linking Old Hall with a house on Front Street, but it has not been found.
When we first came across Old Hall, following a tip off from Mr Terry Price, it was in a very sorry state! ..it had lain derelict for some four years, and a local pressure group, the Sandbach Old Hall Action Group, were campaigning hard to try and force the then owners to at least make the building water-tight as it was deteriorating rapidly. The Grade 1 listed building had been placed on English Heritage's 'At Risk' register, and given Category A status - their most extreme grading.
The whole process of purchasing, planning and restoration took almost two years, but it has been immensely gratifying breathing new life into such a beautiful building that had come so close to being lost for ever.
Hannah started off With B&P 10 years ago and learnt the ropes pretty quickly, so then decided that a management role was the way forward in life. She has done seven years at our sister pub, Sutton Hall along with a further two years at Worsley Old Hall. As Hannah has gained her managerial experience at both Sutton Hall and Worsley Old Hall it seemed only natural that she adds our third â€˜Hallâ€™ to her list. A dab hand with an Ordnance Survey map due to a Geography degree, she knows her way around a pub. She is sure to be destined for greatness, and most certainly with a gin in hand.
Arabella (also known as Bella) is a local lass, with a passion for all things food and drinkâ€¦. but mainly food ;) and is no newbie when it comes to B&P. Bella worked as an Assistant Manager at Old Hall from 2012-2016 before jet setting off to travel around Australia and New Zealand. After a 2 & Â½ year break, she decided that Brunning and Price was the way forward and is back again for another shot. Outside of work youâ€™ll often find Bella at a bar, but not the kind youâ€™re thinking of (unless itâ€™s the weekend) Bella is passionate weightlifter who can get 80kg from the floor above her headâ€¦ impressive hey! Needless to say, all this pumping iron comes in handy when something heavy needs moving in the cellar.
Well well well, what can we say about our lovely Seonaid? Plenty thatâ€™s for sure! Seonaid is like part of the furniture at Old Hall and has worked here since the near beginning, providing great pints and banter to our lovely locals on a Friday night...and the place just wouldnâ€™t be the same without her! When sheâ€™s not with us in the evening, Seonaid works as an accountant by day, and also manages to find some time to fit the gym in 5 times a week. Needless to say, all this hard work deserves a drink or two after a busy shift so you might find her with a glass of fizz, or a G&T in hand... or both ;)
Matt came to the company 4 years ago, with 16 years under his belt he has always wanted a career in catering. He started as a rover for us where he traveled from pub to pub helping out with new openings and learning our ways. Having recently become a dad to his little girl Aria-Grace, it was time for Matt to settle down and where better than here at Old Hall. In his spare time Matt can be found enjoying the great outdoors with a spot of fishing and cheeky gin and tonic.
Morgan is our Sous Chef here at Old Hall, and is also the full-time joker of the kitchen, making sure everyoneâ€™s spirits are high when heâ€™s around. Morgan has worked as a chef for over 13 years, 2 of which were spent working at our sister pub The Hand & Trumpet. When Morgan hasnâ€™t got his hands full here, outside of the kitchen he enjoys precious family time with his partner Abby and their two children Elsie and Theo who make sure heâ€™s got plenty to do to keep him out of mischief.
Junior Sous Chef
Will was new to Brunning and Price when he joined Old Hall back in 2017, and arenâ€™t we glad he did! He is a passionate, young chef with heaps of potential and has gained himself a position in the kitchen as our Junior Sous Chef. When Will has got some spare time on his hands, he enjoys keeping them busy baking different styles of Artisan breads which he shares around with the rest of the crew. Needless to say this goes down a treat with the staff...keep 'em coming Will!
Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.
We don't reserve any of our outside tables so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are first come first serve.
If you are planning on bringing a dog, please make us aware so we can assign a specific table for you.