We were invited to review The Original Pointing Dog in Cheadle Hulme, following its extensive refurbishment – and the new-look bar and restaurant did not disappoint. The well-established venue is effortlessly stylish, with a Scandinavian chic meets country retreat vibe.

With Sausage and Mash, Fish and Chips and a range of steaks available (not to mention the Sunday roasts), along with Ham & Mustard Scotch Eggs and Spiced Lamb and Poppy Seed Sausage Rolls, the menu offers something for traditionalists and spice lovers alike.

We began with a bottle of Ma Terre Vin De Provence Rose – crisp, fresh and full of flavour, a new addition to the bar’s range.

Two cheesy dishes were to start; Buffalo Mozzarella & Mature Cheddar risotto, topped with spring onion, pickled red onions and a crispy hen egg, and a Marinated Buffalo Mozzarella salad, with asparagus, peas and broad beans (a great choice for veggies).

Then came the tender Beer Roasted Chicken Breast, served with carrots, buttery mash, and roasted hazelnuts, and the Gloucester Old Spot Sausages, spring onion mash, bacon, and gravy – tasty classics.

We ordered Sticky Toffee Pudding, butterscotch sauce and a dollop of clotted cream, plus a Lemon Curd Meringue Pavlova for pud, and they were huge – amazing if you have a sweet tooth like us!

Pointing Dog,

Grove Lane,

Cheadle Hulme,

SK8 7NE