Having reduced mobility shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying a Sunday lunch, so we've tracked down the best wheelchair accessible roasts in Northwich.
Whether your senior friends and family like a traditional Sunday lunch with meat, veggies, potatoes, Yorkshire puds and (of course) lashings of gravy, or prefer to go for something more unusual like a vegan stuffed cauli “joint” or nut roast, being in a wheelchair shouldn’t stop anyone from digging in.
From pubs and carveries to local cafes and other eateries, we’ve tracked down the best wheelchair-accessible spots in and around Northwich where visitors of all mobility levels can wheel on in for either a classic, traditional Sunday roast, or something pretty darn close to it!
Just off London Road near the turnoff for Halls Place is The Bowling Green, the oldest continuously trading pub building in Northwich. A fantastically cosy spot with traditional pub games, real fires and a great atmosphere, the Bowling Green also has live music on Saturdays. A large beer garden is fenced in for safety and while the building is old-fashioned, with oak beams and low ceilings throughout, there is good mobility access inside and out including a wheelchair-accessible entrance. Dogs and kids are welcome too so you really can bring the whole family along, but beware: portions on the outstanding Sunday lunches are notoriously generous so older people with smaller appetites may struggle to clean their plates. Stick around after lunch for local real ales, lovely views over the river, and the kind of decadent chocolate fudge cake that probably counts as a cardinal sin just by arriving at the table!
In the centre of town off Chester Way and next door to the Waters Cross apartment complex is Kanya Bistro, a locally owned and run eatery that has been serving classic British cuisine with a modern twist on a bistro menu since 2004. There’s excellent wheelchair and step-free access to both the indoor and outdoor seating areas so nobody will struggle to stop by here for one of their excellent Sunday roasts, which are served from midday to 5pm on the day. Choose from roast beef, chicken, pork, or a nut roast (which can be made vegan on request) along with your choice of veggies (including an option for mashed potatoes and carrot/swede mash which is an excellent option for seniors who might struggle with crunchier options). They even have a vegan cheesecake on their menu for afters, and there’s an option of a two or three source set price meal too for those who are more carefully counting their pennies.
Outside central Northwich, past the roundabout on the way to the industrial estate, you’ll find Clock Tower nestled in between Chester Way and New Warrington Road, with road access off Chester Way, opposite the KFC. There’s plenty of parking here, including disabled spots right by the front door, and it’s easy to get a wheelchair in and about with plenty of space between the tables both indoors and in the nice pub garden off to one side of the building. As well as plenty of “roast adjacent” dishes like Wexford Chicken or some great steaks, the Clock Tower has a lovely carvery which is available all days of the week. A choice of prime meats along with stuffing, gravy and Yorkshire pudding is on offer alongside plenty of veggies and potatoes, and handily the carvery meals come in three serving sizes from Small, for modest appetites, all the way up to the more ambitious Go Large option for when hunger really bites. Options for dessert include everything from ice cream (including vegan) to brownies and a supremely indulgent sticky toffee pudding.
A bit further afield from central Northwich, past Rudheath off Middlewich Road, the Old Broken Cross is another more traditional pub that’s both dog and kid friendly for an all-family outing. There’s decent parking off the main road on Brokencross Place, and generally good wheelchair accessibility to get into the building, although the front door has a small step from the street which may need a bit of help or just an extra push to get over and inside. The menu here has some great pub dishes all week (who needs a soup of the day when you can have a suet pudding of the day!?) and there’s also a great Sunday lunch menu on offer. Choose from topside beef, chicken, pork or a nut roast, with mash and roast potatoes, veggies and Yorkshire pudding; there’s even a smaller (and cheaper) portion on offer especially designed for over 60s which is both useful and super considerate for older guests with less appetite. If anyone has any room left, you can finish off with a range of classics from apple pie to a truly scrumptious bread and butter pudding.
South of the main town centre on London Road, just before you hit the big Davenham Roundabout, you can find the Woodpecker Cookhouse & Pub on the corner with Woodpecker Drive, just opposite the turnoff for the fire station. There’s good parking onsite, including disabled bays, and a wheelchair-friendly shallow ramp up to the front door. The Woodpecker serves a Sunday roast from midday and a plateful will cost you less than a tenner (or just over if you want to upgrade to a large portion), including bottomless unlimited portions of roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds and rich gravy, which makes it insanely good value for a lunch out. You can pick from roast beef, turkey, gammon, or a meatless plant-based chicken-style breast and trimmings which are also available in a fully vegan option on request. Ambitious appetites can even top off their roast with cauliflower cheese or pigs in blankets, and that’s before diving back into the main menu for desserts such as jam roly poly, chocolate torte, apple betty, or one of the Woodpecker’s famously indulgent ice cream sundaes.
From a noshy nut roast to brilliant beef, perfect pork, lovely lamb or any other incarnation of a Sunday lunch you could possibly want, there’s definitely no shortage of delicious and wheelchair-friendly spots to enjoy a traditional treat with less mobile senior friends and family around Northwich.
Learn more about supported living or companionship for keeping a healthy appetite up in old age, and find out whether home care in Northwich could be the right choice for your elderly loved ones, by getting in touch with our local team today.