Immediately behind the pub, we’re lucky enough to have the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, a 28-acre site planted in the 1950s by Sir Bernard Lovell of Jodrell Bank fame. It contains around 2,500 trees and shrubs, some very rare, including national collections of pine and ash. If you’re interested in gardening, there is also a large collection of hebe just inside the Arboretum near the pub.
All though the year, the Arboretum changes with the seasons. There are snowdrops and crocuses in early spring, daffodils and bluebells in late spring, rhododendrons in early summer and abundant wildflowers and wildlife all year round. Autumn is possibly one of the most spectacular seasons, with the acers and liquidambers producing a riot of rich gold and red leaves. As the sycamores, oaks, limes and birches start to put on their autumn foliage, the whole area transforms briefly into a fantasy of colour.
This is the ideal time to visit the area, and there’s lots to do. Take your dog and walk one of the way-marked paths through the site – if you’d like to combine exercise with nature, lots of the trees now boast QR signs so that you can find out more about them. There are several opportunities to admire stunning views across the Dane Valley. For families with children, scamper up the lime avenue, collect acorns for crafts or just kick up the leaves.
When your visit is done, gather up dogs, children and wet boots and head for the pub. We’ve real log fires, home cooked, locally sourced food and lots of seating both indoors and out. We welcome dogs in our stone flagged bar area, and there’s always a bowl of water on the go! Whether you’re after a quick bowl of soup or a full three-course lunch to round off your walk, there’s sure to be something on our delicious menu to tempt you. To plan your visit to the Arboretum, take a look at the interactive map here.