We feel safe in saying that Crewe isn’t exactly the culinary capital of the world, however, that’s not to say that you can’t find top-class roast dinners, monstrous full English breakfasts, corking curries and delicious Italians in this corner of Cheshire. We’ve gathered some of our favourite cafés and restaurants in Crewe for you to tuck into when your stomach starts rumbling, so take a look and see what you fancy.
Places to eat in Crewe
There are few things better in life than a good roast dinner. So when you’re craving a mighty bit of meat surrounded by some serious veg action then head down to Rookery Wood Farm for the carvery. The meat’s slow-roasted for 14 hours, there’s more veg dishes than any other carvery we’ve seen, the Yorkshire puddings are supreme and the gravy gorgeous. The smallest size is less than a fiver, but you don’t want that; go for the Ultimate Carvery, eat until you can’t eat any more, then walk it off with the mile trip down Weston Road to our Crewe Central hotel.
If you’re more of a curry connoisseur than a carvery cronie, our most recommended Indian restaurant has to be Passage to India. It’s a couple of minute’s walk down the road from Crewe Station. The food’s fresh, authentic and delicious, the prices are excellent, portions are monstrous, and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. The Chef’s Specials are all solid options if you’re wondering what to eat. Pay a visit and see why it’s so popular with the people of Crewe.
Alternatively, you can make your way directly over the road to Gio’s, the best Italian restaurant in Crewe. They’ve been in the game for more than thirty years. In that time Gio’s has grown to become somewhat of a Crewe institution. That’s largely because they decided that from day one they would make their own dough and pasta, so literally everything is made from scratch. It means they have full creative license to play around with the menu, constantly concocting new, more delicious dishes for the people of Crewe. Portions are good, and considering the flavour on offer so too are the prices. But best of all, if you’re visiting Crewe with family, you’ll be happy to hear that kids eat for free all day every day.
If you’re staying at our Crewe (Nantwich) hotel and looking for somewhere to go for dinner, our number one spot is The Boars Head, just a ten-minute drive away. It’s part of the Parogon group of local pubs that's built a reputation for renovating characterful pubs with contemporary decor and running high-quality kitchens that dish up some downright delicious menus of British classics. This is a step or two above your usual pub grub. Try it once and you won’t want to try anywhere else.
Another excellent pub with proclivity for plating some of the finer food in the area is The White Lion on Warmingham Road, just north of the town centre. As far as pubs go, The White Lion could comfortably have made its way onto our page dedicated to Crewe nightlife thanks to its selection of cask ales, and entertainment options that go above and beyond the standard pool tables and darts board to include a five-a-side football pitch past the beer garden. But anyway, back to the food. The pub seats roughly 40 people in the recently refurbished restaurant, the specials change daily, and practically everything on the menu is freshly prepared in-house using local produce. By far and away the most popular night of the week is Wednesday when you can head down for buy one get one free steak night. Yeah, you read that correctly. It goes without saying that you’d have to book a table.
Places to eat in Crewe
We feel safe in saying that unless we recommended Grants Butty Bar to you then there’s no way in the world you’d call into this corner café. That’s largely down to its appearance, but don’t judge a book by its cover, Grants Butty Bar – for the price – does the best sarnies in the whole entire world. It’s not just for butties though, you can go for a full English, burgers, jacket potatoes, pies, kebabs, chips; all the good stuff. It’s better than your standard greasy spoon. If you want a recommendation, it might not actually be on the menu, but ask for a triple pig bap – bacon, sausage and black pudding – if you want to cradle culinary perfection in the palms of your hand.
Next up is Spedali’s Coffee Lounge on Nantwich Road, just down from Crewe Station. It’s a cracking little café where you can call in for lunch, brunch, breakfast or just a brew and a slice of cake. The food’s fresh and very affordable, the café’s always spotless, and the service is exemplary. We’d particularly recommend the full English as one of the very best in Crewe.
We’ll round things off with a couple of competitors on Victoria Street in Crewe Town Centre. They’re a scone’s throw away from each other and are both excellent options if you want a daytime bite or beverage. First off there’s The Big Apple Café, where the walls are covered with Americana and movie memorabilia. Imagine a mini hard rock café where they serve Staffordshire oatcakes and you’re pretty much there. The atmosphere’s good, the food’s fast and the value undeniable.
Last on our list is Rhode Island Coffee, where they take their coffee very seriously. The team of baristas are masters of the brew and use only the finest espresso machines in the world. You can taste the difference; we’d argue there’s is some of the best coffee in Cheshire, not to mention the cakes are corking, too.