Food Review: The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

Nestled just within throwing distance of Manchester Airport, The Honey Bee in Wilmslow is the perfect location to get some proper pub grub on the way back from any holiday abroad.

Part of The Vintage Inn chain of pubs, The Honey Bee, like others in the group, offers a range of satisfying and hearty classics for any tastes. Of course, with its proximity to Manchester, the bee was a prevalent and relevant theme for this particular branch.

In fact, my five-year-old niece is one of their biggest fans when it comes to a traditional Sunday roast. With over 180 pubs in the group, you’re sure to be able to find one local to you. Probably down a lovely country road somewhere.

“The Honey Bee was previously known as Oversley House, and was a private home until the mid 20th Century. After a spell as a residential home for the elderly, the building became Oversley House Hotel. The inn then became a public house.”

The Honey Bee welcomes dogs and their owners muddy boots, making it the perfect stop off for those summer walks. Whether it’s for a drink from their extensive menu, or for a full three course meal, there’s something for everyone. Rustic decor teamed with contemporary elements makes for a cosy pub experience that makes everyone feel right at home.

The honey bee wilmslow

They also do a great value set menu too,  with courses being £12.50 and 3 courses £15.95 which is available Monday – Friday until 5pm.

We experienced their festive set menu, which certainly filled a hole in our bellies. With seasonal flavours throughout, they mix up their culinary calendar throughout the year.

For our meal we had beef rib for one main and seabass for the other. Whilst the flavours were fantastic, the only downside of them was the time they’d perhaps spent on the side waiting to come to our table. The mash had gone a little… chewy? And the seabass had lost the crunchiness from the skin. which was a shame, but we can forgive this due to how busy they were in the festive rush!

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