Dating back to 1585 the “Eagle & Child” takes its name from the family crest of Lord Derby who once owned most of the surrounding land; it is one of the oldest public houses in the North West. Whilst little of the original building still exists the sympathetic changes over the years have left us with a pub full of character and charm.
In front of the pub stands the old mounting steps, which date to 1755 and are the only part of the premises which are officially listed.
During the civil war years Oliver Cromwell is reputed to have stayed here, and the old cellars are supposed to have bricked up tunnels allowing people to escape capture.
There are many stories of ghosts, but most seem to be made up tales from old licensees trying to attract customers, the only one that seems to be possibly real is “Bleeding Ears Murph” who nobody sees but people hear him talking incessantly.
The present owners Isla & Michael have set themselves high standards to aim at, to provide a welcoming family atmosphere and through hard work and the support of there highly motivated staff, have seen a steady increase in trade in the short time they have been there.
Isla runs the food side (see menu and specials page) serving traditional freshly cooked food using as much locally sourced produce as possible, with an ever changing specials board in addition to the main menu, there is always something for everyone’s taste and pocket, including a wide selection of vegetarian options.
The bar is run by Michael serving a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and non alcoholic drinks. There are five different Traditional Hand Pulled Cask Ales available, Theakstons Best Bitter, Wainwright and Caledonian Deuchars IPA are ever-present, together two guest ales that are changed on a regular basis. Also on draught are Fosters, Kronenberg, Sagres, Guinness, Strongbow and John Smiths Extra Smooth.
The wine list (see wine list page) contains 19 wines most of which are available by the glass or the bottle.