The Antrobus Arms is a family run pub/restaurant near the historic Cheshire village of Antrobus. The Barnes’ (Martin, Chris, and Steve) acquired the pub in January 2018, repositioning the Antrobus Arms as a destination dining venue.
We offer contemporary British menus with traditional hospitality from helpful, friendly staff. Great food, wines, and beers are available every day in our relaxed bar, dining room or, if the weather allows, in our beer garden.
Our location between Warrington and Northwich, with close proximity to the M56, makes us the ideal place to meet up for lunch, a relaxing drink, or to dine with friends and family.
- Antrobus Arms first licenced in 1700’s and was originally known as the Wheatsheaf.
- 1800’s the inn was a staging post on the Warrington Road.
- c 1930 Wheatsheaf was renamed the Antrobus Arms.
- Greenall Whitley acquired the site.
- 2004 pub owned by Punch – Sandra and Trevor Collins were the tenants.
- 2006 Sandra and Trevor Collins bought the freehold from Punch.
- 2018 MJB Hospitality Ltd bought the pub.
The old English custom of souling or soulcaking dates back to the 10th Century.
A traditional Cheshire Souling play performed on All Soul’s Eve and the following 2 weekends.
The Antrobus Gang are well established with continuity a distinguishing feature. They are thought to have performed continuously for hundreds of years.
Soulcakers would go from house to house singing a begging song or a plea for prayers for the dead. They would put on a play for residents.
The plays were performed out of necessity when farm work was in short supply. Plays usually consist of a fight between St George and his adversaries resulting in one of the characters being killed and brought back to life by a ‘quack’ doctor. The Hooden Horse accompanies the soulcakers with its groom and a whip.
The Hooden Horse is a man covered with a blanket holding a horses head.
Soulcakes were small spiced fruit cakes similar to Hot Cross Buns and were given to performers as well as drink or money, helping to keep their families fed during lean times. It could be quite lucrative as 3 nights of mumming (acting out the play) often raised as much as month’s wages.
The tradition continues at the Antrobus Arms where money raised now goes to charity.