Pedlars Wine Bar is located right in the centre of Holmes Chapel (opposite the Red Lion
pub). It has been open for a number of years and is owned and managed by the Sutcliffe
family. The premises have been converted from a former butcher's shop, and extended to
form the existing bars and conservatory. There was recently another conservatory
in the spring of 1999.
The interior and the exterior of the wine bar have been converted and maintained to an
immaculate standard. It is a most pleasant place to sit inside. Either the main bar or the
conservatory built around the open side, looking into the patio garden which is used in
the finer weather, are equally comfortable.
At weekends it is advisable to book as it can get very busy. Note especially that the rules of
no children, smart casual dress code in the evenings and no trainers are applied with
The menu has undergone a number of transformations recently. Originally there was an extensive
and fairly imaginative a la carte menu, then there has been a shift towards more
traditional home cooked type of food (liver and onions etc). More recently the
menu has reverted more towards the original. What is undoubted is the
quality of what is served. Sue Sutcliffe would have ten fits if anything sub-standard in
taste, texture or appearance came out of the kitchen.
The food is prepared from fresh and nothing is left to convenience. It might trade at
the top end of the wine bar league but it is quality that is being paid for. In fact it is
more in the restaurant rather than wine bar league.
Like all wine bars, eating isn't compulsory, it is possible to pop in for drinks, from
the extensive choice of beers, lagers, wines and spirits. There is every reason for
Pedlars to offer an excellent choice of wines, as the wine bar business is an offshoot of
the family wine wholesale business.
Verdict - Worth a visit, you could entertain here without being embarrased, but
don't bother taking the kids in the evening or turning up in trainers.
Since this review was written Pedlars is now
Open Sundays 12 - 3pm Serving Sunday Brunch, (Full English Breakfast,
Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs) plus the full menu.
Children are now allowed in until 7.30pm.
Pedlars also no longer close down for
holidays, and did not close down for the full extent of the conservatory
extension last year. They only part closed in the day for 2 weeks
and opened @ 5.00pm - 11.00 pm.