Farm and pub: Now called the Pheasant Inn, the pub and farm was originally called the Carden Arms

Originally called The Leche’s Arms and from 1869 The Carden Arms, the picturesque Pheasant Inn at Higher Burwardsley, in Cheshire, started life as a timber-framed Cheshire farmstead built around 1580. Today, it’s one of the very best Cheshire pubs: featuring real food, real fires, real ale and a view across the Dee valley to the Welsh hills that’s to die for.

Sheltered by the Peckforton Hills and with its own spring, the Cheshire sandstone buildings probably occupy a far earlier settlement site at the junction of two long-established tracks running along and across the ridge, respectively.

This charming old photograph, taken sometime in the early 1900s, shows a woman and child sitting with their dog outside what is now the door to the beer garden. The huge sycamore tree is long gone.