Situated in the Cheshire hamlet of Haughton Moss, The Nag’s Head has been a fixture of the local area since its creation in 1629.
Starting life as a local smithy and inn, the Grade II Listed building boasts Victorian tiled floors and 17th Century beams and is the perfect example of showcasing history in modern times.
In June 2014, Lancashire-based premium pub group Ribble Valley Inns took over The Nag’s Head in order to transform the building into a brand new pub-dining experience. Founded by Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft of Lancashire restaurant Northcote, Ribble Valley Inns is a small, yet perfectly formed group with an impressive portfolio of sites. The pubs have all been refurbished, and will continue to expand into Cheshire due to the recent investment by Chairman Richard Matthewman and his wife Lynda.
The opening of the pub marks the first time that Ribble Valley Inns have taken over a venue in Cheshire but it is one that is already proving to be a fantastic starting point for the group. Nigel Haworth is overseeing the kitchen menu with head Chef Michael Emminson.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality about the arrival of the new-look The Nag’s Head, CEO of Ribble Valley Inns, Wayne Chapman, said:
“We knew that we wanted to move into Cheshire. We drew up a list of locations that we had in mind based on the right demographics and areas we wanted to move into, and then found the correct site for us. We like to find true destination pubs, so The Nag’s Head was ideal as it fits into our company profile perfectly. This is a beautifully old building, which has been sympathetically restored so that it captures our unique footprint, but maintains its own individual character.”
“It is fantastic to have Nigel develop the menu and as he has a great track record of dealing with local suppliers, he has been able to transfer the model he has established in Lancashire over to Cheshire.”
The Nag’s Head was restored by main contractor Bridgwater Contracts who carefully and sensitively restored the building in order to give it a new lease of life whilst maintaining its unique history and character. During the refurbishment works, Bridgwater Contracts carefully redesigned all the rooms in the building, working in partnership with Chester-based designers Lister Carter.
“We have worked with Lister Carter on one previous scheme and following their work on The Nag’s Head, we have engaged them on two additional schemes – they are our preferred designer.”
As quintessentially English as a pub can be, The Nag’s Head represents everything that a fine Cheshire pub should be, offering good food, great service and a fantastic and extensive selection of drinks. The Nag’s Head has room for up to 150 covers inside – with additional dining space outside – and with a bowling green, kitchen garden, horse bays and even stocks, The Nag’s Head is perfect for a good old fashioned British summer.
Should the summer prove less than spectacular however, The Nag’s Head will continue to win over the punters with its great choice of cocktails and hearty meals. In addition, four open log fires will provide comfort and warmth as customers tuck into some tasty treats during the colder months of the year.
Northern celebrity chef Nigel Haworth is best known for his mastery of Lancashire produce and dishes – his cooking at the acclaimed Ribble Valley-based restaurant Northcote has earned him a Michelin star, one that he has held since 1995. Nigel has brought his unique talent to The Nag’s Head’s mouth-watering menu, which includes locally inspired dishes which are complimented by a stunning wine list curated personally by Master Innholder and MD of Northcote, Craig Bancroft.
The Nag’s Head menu is the result of Nigel’s exploration of the ‘Cheshire Kitchen’ working in conjunction with the pub’s Head Chef, Michael Eminson. Most of the produce is sourced locally, with some ingredients even coming from the pub’s own kitchen garden.
“I’m over the moon that we’re now open in Cheshire. It’s been a fascinating journey for me – I’ve discovered some amazing new producers who I’ve never worked with before, which has led to an authentic menu that I’m really excited about. I love the pub itself too – this is the oldest one that we have in the collection and the bowling green, stocks and horse bays I think all add to a really unique atmosphere.”
“I love discovering new food producers and working with local suppliers. When those that are so close to the restaurant also happen to be outstanding, that’s a real gift. I’m really pleased with this menu and I hope the locals and visitors are as happy with it as I am.”
The Nag’s Head serves lunch Monday to Friday between 12pm and 2pm; Saturday 12pm to 9pm and Sunday 12pm to 8:30pm. Afternoon bites are served between 12pm and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday, and Dinner is served Monday to Thursday 5:30pm to 8:30pm; Friday 5:30pm to 9pm; Saturday 12pm to 9pm; and Sunday 12pm to 8:30pm.
For more information about The Nag’s Head, please visit: www.nagsheadhaughton.co.uk.
Cheadle Glass Ltd
Cheadle Glass Ltd specialise in the design and installation of glass, ranging from kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, to glass balustrades, shower screens, windows and conservatories. Cheadle Glass Ltd has been in operation for more than 40 years and within this time the company has worked on a range of projects within the domestic and industrial sectors including bars, pubs and restaurants.
Working on The Nag’s Head, Cheadle Glass Ltd was involved with the design and installation of the site’s glass work.
David Birch of Cheadle Glass Ltd, said:
“Working on this project was important to us as it was quite an unusual installation which required specific design techniques in order for us to deliver our customers’ wishes.”
“At Cheadle Glass Ltd we are proud of our ability to deliver the aspirations and ideas of our customers with quality glass products.”
ISIS Project Management
Situated on King Street, Manchester, ISIS Project Management is a construction consultant primarily providing project management and quantity surveying services for the construction industry. The company has been in operation for over five years and within this time has worked on a number of projects in a number of construction sectors, including bars and restaurants at Manchester Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport and Gatwick Airport and most recently The Nag’s Head. Other projects include student accommodation, retail shopping centres and residential schemes.
Working on The Nag’s Head, ISIS Project Management provided a full project management and quantity surveying service from inception to completion for Ribble Valley Inns.
ISIS Project Management’s Director, Paul Brazewell, said:
“Working for a prestigious company such as Ribble Valley Inns is just fantastic. We have worked with Wayne Chapman previously and this project allowed us to progress with this great working relationship.”
Cheshire Marble Ltd
North West company Cheshire Marble Ltd specialise in the design, fabrication and installation of granite and quartz work tops for hospitality sector. Cheshire Marble Ltd has been in operation for 20 years, providing granite and quartz work for kitchens, serving counters, bar tops and vanity counters.
Over the past two decades Cheshire Marble Ltd have provided services to Wimbledon Tennis Club, Manchester United, Everton FC and a number of fit-outs for Thistle Hotels. Most recently Cheshire Marble Ltd has supplied counter tops for the bar, waiter stations and vanity areas in the washrooms at the Nag’s Head.
Cheshire Marble Ltd Director, Matt Howard, said:
“The Nag’s Head has been a great project for us which has helped us establish our name further within the industry.”
“We’ve traded continuously for 20 years and throughout this time the quality of our work has remained second to none. The majority of our work comes from recommendation and word of mouth and this is something which we are very proud of.”
Bridgewater Group is a Manchester-based specialist contractor for the leisure industry, working on pubs, restaurants, hotels and clubs. The company has been in operation for 40 years and within this time has been responsible for a variety of projects including Alma de Cuba-Liverpool, lead contractor for the Chef and Brewer concept for Spirit, lead contractor for the “all in” concept for Orchid, most recently The Nag’s Head for Ribble Valley Inns.
Bridgewater Group Managing Director, Mike Blenkinsop, said:
“The Nag’s Head was an extremely important project for us to be involved with and we were delighted when Ribble Valley Inns awarded us the project as main contractor. Ribble Valley Inns are a prestigious and important client to us and it has been a pleasure to work with them.”
“At Bridgewater Group we are most proud of our ability to deliver high quality projects, on time and on budget, for a diverse range of clients.”