The Hanging Gate in Chapel-en-le-Firth is a family friendly pub restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining and fantastic Christmas decorations. The building can be dated back to over four hundred years ago and used to be a shoemakers workshop before opening as a public house in 1836. The name comes from the toll gate that used to hang across the road outside.
As it was a lovely sunny August day when we visited, we decided to eat outside but not before admiring all the decorations. As we walked in the door, we were greeted by a snowman in a winter wonderland of what could better be described as a Christmas grotto than a pub!
We ordered drinks at the bar and were given menus to take outside with us.The garden area has a covered courtyard with tables and chairs and a raised grass area with picnic benches. We chose to sit in the covered area.
Friendly staff members came to take our order and brought our food. I was especially impressed by the portion sizes. The pot of tea I ordered came with two pots – one with a teabag and an extra pot of hot water to top it up.
We ordered the breaded chicken strips which came with salad and a sweet chilli dip. The chunks of chicken were delicious and the flavoursome sweet chilli jam added a little spice.
For mains we ordered the farmhouse platter and a turkey and cranberry baguette. The farmhouse platter was an impressive looking plateful. There was salad, fruit, onions, cheeses, ham, pork pie, scotch egg, pate, hard boiled egg, bread and pickles. Definitely enough food to fill me up!
The Turkey and cranberry baguette was large and delicious and came with a good portion of chips and some salad.
We actually enjoyed our meal so much we went back the next week, and although I unfortunately didn’t get any photos at that visit, we tried the homemade cheese and onion flan, homemade steak pie, gammon steak and the ultimate stack burger. The huge portion size coupled with really good food is consistent and we will definitely be back again!
Taking an autistic child to The Hanging Gate?
The Hanging Gate strives to be inclusive and invite and encourage you to ring or email in advance of your visit to discuss any requirements so they can be of assistance if required.
Menus are available on the website to look at in advance.
There is a colouring corner inside the pub and a play area outside. The play area is located at the other side of the car park so close supervision is necessary.
The Hanging Gate has amazing Christmas decorations which were up during our visit in August. These decorations are a sensory seekers paradise though may raise questions in those that expect Christmas only in December.
The covered outside area has an exit out to the car park with no gate and the grass area has a gate onto the street.
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