So Northwich? Does it spring to mind when thinking of somewhere to take the family out to eat? Not generally, no. However, from now on it should! Sitting in Wildwood in Barons Quay, the new development down by the river should be in you destination list. Whilst sitting there I thought it felt like sitting in Spinningfields in Manchester!
We’d never been to a Wildwood, there are many around the UK but this is the first in Cheshire. With very stylish decor with copper, blue and silver and comfy booth style seating options in bright blue and gold. You’ll find it right opposite the Odeon, with lots of outdoor seating which will be lovely in the summer.
My eldest and husband opted for Philly steak and cheese sandwich, with marinated steak, Monterey Jack cheese, fried onions, mayonnaise on a brioche bun & French fries. Verdict? Well, they hardly spoke a word so the answer was they loved it! Makes a nice change from the normal burger options, which my youngest had and still ate every mouthful!
I opted for the Superfood Quinoa Salad with feta cheese, avocado, broccoli, green beans, cucumber, sunflower seeds, peas & herbs, and you get to choose either peri-peri chicken, smoked mackerel or grilled halloumi cheese. I opted for the chicken, which was lovely and spicy. All ingredients were fresh and crunchy, just what I was was craving after a night out with the girls the previous evening had left me feeling a little worse for wear. Only one little niggle, the broccoli chunks could do with being a little smaller and more refined as they were a little hard to cut up.
All the staff were very cheery and knowledgeable, with lots of ideas of what to try from the menu. We couldn’t decide on which dessert to end with and it was suggested we opted for Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Chocolate SundaeOreo biscuits, Maltesers, Baileys, fresh cream, chocolate sauce & chocolate ice-cream – my boys were in heaven being huge Oreo fans. The Sticky Toffee Pudding, oh the deliberations between ice cream and custard. We ended up with custard which made the whole dish tip top, rich toffee sauce with a light flavoursome sponge.
This place reminds me of what Spinningfields was first like when built, in both look and feel. The development has faced some criticism from locals about being empty, but was Rome built in a day? This place is at a tipping point and will start to come more alive. Once the blockage (something to do with an unsafe building) between the main street and the new development opens, the artery will become unblocked and people will flow through. The council, developers, building owner and whoever just need to get their skates on and get it sorted. When you can walk right along by the canal it will be so lovely! And the same with the blockage between Sainsbury’s; what’s up with that?!
A cross between Jamie’s Italian, Nando’s and Pizza Express with a sharp, chic edge and we totally love this new kid on the block. More than just pizza and burgers, with risotto, seafood and light bites. Not to mention a fantastic kids menu with pizza and ravioli to choose from. It’s busy, lively and a definite place to take the family. You can also just pop in for a coffee in the semi-bar area, which makes a great stop off point whilst out shopping on Northwich.
6 Barons Quay Shopping Centre, Northwich, CW9 5FT
Opening Hours Monday-Saturday 12-11pm
Facilities – Disabled access Baby changing facilities
Free Moams at the end was a very cute touch. Free parking too, so get on down to Barons Quay. Find more details here