With the England men’s football team into the quarter-finals, we’re (cautiously) optimistic that football could be coming home. Nine of the 26-man squad currently live in Cheshire as well as a host of former international legends. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d spotlight some spots around the county where you can cheer on England, perhaps enjoying a locally-made tipple too. Whilst you may not want to be in the beer garden for this winter World Cup, there are plenty of cosy pubs, bars and restaurants across Cheshire where you can watch the football.

1. The Swan, Tarporley

A staple of Tarporley’s pretty high street and the wider community, The Swan could be the perfect place to enjoy the excitement. This former coaching house has been part of the high street for 400 years and continues to provide guests a very warm welcome with locally brewed beers from the likes of Weetwood Ales, artisan spirits, and a wine list prepared by DeFine Wines. You can watch the World Cup here as part of The Swan’s Swanderland festive celebrations.

The Swan, Tarporley. Credit Josh Brown

2. Bear & Billet, Chester

Bear & Billet has been welcoming guests since the 1600s. This historic city tavern offers a warm and welcoming environment with locally-sourced beers and spirits and a wide ranging, home cooked menu. This is a truly Chester pub, with a lot of character and is an ideal place to watch the game.

Bear & Billet

3. The Kinderton, Middlewich

The Kinderton in the historic canal town of Middlewich is a local gem. There’s ample room in the pu both inside and out with a huge, covered seating area in the garden. There’s an extensive drinks menu including local ales, spirits including Three Wrens Gin, and cocktails, as well as a wide ranging menu. The Kinderton are showing every World Cup game so make sure to secure your seat to cheer England on.

Exterior of The Kinderton

4. Brewhouse & Kitchen, Chester

Brewhouse & Kitchen is a perfect spot to enjoy the football. This quirky craft brewhouse has an onsite brewery, so the beers are extremely local, plus there’s an extensive spirits and cocktail menu. You can sit back and enjoy the game on the big screen with your choice of craft brew in hand!

Bar at Brewhouse & Kitchen, Chester. Credit Brewhouse & Kitchen

5. Old Sessions House, Knutsford

It’s only fitting that Knutsford made our list. Home to Jordan Henderson, Jordan Pickford, and John Stones, the town is synonymous with footballers. At the centre of the town is the Old Sessions House. This Cheshire pub has a great selection of locally brewed ales and artisan spirits and cocktails with a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. What could be better than watching England win in the home of some of some of the greats?

Exterior of the Old Sessions House


The Swan at Tarporley
Interior of The Swan at Tarporley

The Swan is a historic coaching inn and an integral part of the Tarporley community, it has been standing in the village for over 400 years and is steeped in history.

Bear & Billet
The stunning black and white exterior of the Bear & Billet

The Bear & Billet is a friendly traditional pub dating back to 1664. Serving delicious home cooked food and a wide selection of drinks it’s the perfect place to begin your sightseeing tour around the historic town of Chester.

The Kinderton
The Kinderton

Fresh and bright by day, relaxed and intimate in the evening

Brewhouse & Kitchen
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Brewhouse & Kitchen

Brewhouse and Kitchen are a bit different from your traditional pub – they brew their own, unique craft beers on-site in their brew-tiful microbrewery!

Old Sessions House
Old Sessions House Knutsford

Boasting leather sofas and exposed-brickwork, this contemporary inn with a varied menu is the perfect location for a hearty bite-to-eat!



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