A pillar of the Community…
Welcome to The Courthouse, Knutsford, a beloved pillar of our community.
For years, we have been proud to be a part of the fabric of this community, serving as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Our restaurant has been a staple for business lunches, romantic dinners, and special occasions, offering a cosy and elegant ambience with a menu of locally sourced ingredients prepared with care and expertise.
Our hotel is equally cherished, offering a comfortable and convenient place for travellers to stay while they explore our town and the surrounding areas. With spacious and well-appointed rooms, friendly staff, and a commitment to exceptional service, we have become a home away from home for many of our guests.
But our commitment to the community goes beyond just providing excellent dining and lodging. We are also proud supporters of local charities, non-profits, and community events, recognising the importance of giving back to the place that has given us so much.
So whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, a cosy room for the night, or simply a place to connect with your community, we invite you to join us at The Courthouse. We can’t wait to welcome you.
Knutsford itself is recognised for its boutique shops, local cafes and a strong culture of community. It is a melting pot of cultures, from Evuna which serves incredible tapas to Blossoms Boutique offering lovely womens clothing to Bath House which offers the very same botanical body washes, candles and perfumes that fragrance The Courthouse. Knutsford is a real melting pot of cultures as well as a blend of old and new, some of the shops on the high street have stood for over one hundred years to as recent as the last few years.
Knutsford neighbours the highly regarded National trust property – Tatton Park which features a 5 mile round walk of stunning parkland, a visit to the historic manor house or carefully curated gardens. Knutsford has its own train station and is a short five minute walk from the town centre, with main lines to Manchester and London within twenty minutes to two hours respectively.
The KNUTSFORD community
Suppliers & Community
If you’re a keen walker, Tatton Park offers a beautiful, scenic stroll around expansive parkland and experiencing the best of the Cheshire countryside. For a further afield adventure, it is well worth a visit to Glebe Farm located near Astbury, a petting farm where animals are free to be fed by visitors and a small farm shop attached. If adventure is more your thing, Astbury water park nearby has kayaks, canoes and small boats available to rent for a day out on the water. For the sportsperson amongst you, there are a number of local golf clubs at The Mere in Knutsford, Prestbury Golf Club and Styal Golf Club.
Integrating our hotel operations into the life of our local communities and society of our Cheshire is highly rewarding for Flat Cap and its employees. We believe that the local economic and social impact of our hotels can be managed positively and responsibly. At Flat Cap we believe our responsibility extends beyond our employees and guests but into the communities in which we operate within.
All our poultry produce is "Red Tractor Assured"
All our fish is supplied via "MSC" approved suppliers
We buy British where possible, taking into account food seasonality and quality of produce.
We check suppliers are acting ethically in sourcing and production
There are no endangered fish species used on our menus
Our Local Suppliers
Here at Flat Cap Hotels, we are proud to champion local suppliers and fantastic, locally sourced ingredients, from eggs to veg, meat to fish all of our ingredients are sourced within 20 miles of our properties. From countryside to coast we are certain our seasonal menus serve your tastebuds the very best of British ingredients. Flat Cap focus on supporting local suppliers as they are the pillars of the community.
Tea From The Manor - James
Tea from the Manor was one of our first suppliers and his story is very special indeed. After serving in the British Army alongside the Gurkhas on the Indo-Nepalese border, James discovered a passion for the tea leaf harvest. He then started a small supply chain between himself and the tea farmers that he had served alongside and started up Tea from the Manor. Tea from the Manor is a tried and true family owned business, a small supply chain and no middle man ensuring the farmers receive the fairest price for their product. James not only supplies Flat Cap but over a hundred venues across the UK and has over 96 varieties of tea and with 20 years of experience, he really knows his stuff! We our proud to have James as one of our suppliers and to watch his business grow.
Established in 1856 in the heart of Morecambe, family-owned Althams Butchers have worked hard over the centuries to deliver the finest quality cuts of meat. They supply Flat Cap Hotels with our incredible melt-in-the-mouth steaks, organic, free-range chicken breast and much more. Althams are now in their fifth generation of butchery and have been serving the local community ever since they opened their doors in 1856. Flat Cap Hotels is proud to partner with such an established supplier and support local farmers in the process. James and Rick now manage the family business and have been working there for over 20 years, meaning their knowledge of meat is second to none!
MyFish is a family-owned business, established by Gary Apps over 10 years ago, with a passion for providing the finest seafood from coastal suppliers up and down the British coastline, sourcing many of the items from local fisheries and sustainable sea fishers. Gary wanted to provide seafood that could be provided wholesale without compromising on quality. Gary and his excellent team only source seasonal fish, which supports Flat Caps commitment to providing the highest quality seasonal ingredients.
Amato, the family-owned food supplier was established thirty years ago by Bob and Delores Amato, providing incredible Mediterranean ingredients from the heart of Manchester, just a stones throw from the Flat Cap properties. Since then, they have expanded to source an incredible selection of international ingredients and of course, returning to their Italian roots whenever they can. Their knowledge of fine ingredients is why Flat Cap keenly supports this supplier and helps to create their innovative, carefully curated seasonal menus.
Our People are at the centre of all that we do. We want to celebrate our incredible team for all their hard work, from talented chefs, some of the best baristas in the business and mega mixologists, smiley servers and of course, our dedicated reception and housekeeping teams. The wonderful team at The Courthouse are here to make your experience one to remember… below are some of the friendly faces that work so hard to make your visit unforgettable.
Richard has recently been appointed in his role as General Manager at The Courthouse and has taken this role in his stride, with a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, Richard brings with him over twenty years of dedication to the industry, following a stint running his own pub. Richard is keenly involved in the local community and has promoted The Courthouse as a prominent venue on the high-street, supporting local businesses by hosting them for their regular meetings, whether that be the local women’s business to business circle or local shops on the high street. Richard has also focused on the overall customer experience at The Courthouse by supporting the creation of an innovative new drinks’ menu, his friendly customer facing charm is unmissable at The Courthouse and we are excited to see what Richard brings to The Courthouse in future.
Head Chef / Exec Chef
Martyn is a tried and tested foodie with over 20 years experience in kitchens; we also think he’s coolest chef in the kitchen with an impressive collection of tattoos to boot. Martyn is passionate about crafting innovative menus using only the very best of British seasonal ingredients. Martyn is responsible for creating all of the menus across the group with his incredible, dedicated kitchen teams.
Customer Experience Manager
Sarah joined Flat Cap Hotels in 2020 in her role as events coordinator and has quickly gauged the clientele for each venue because of her many years of experience in events and hospitality. She enjoys all aspects of her customer-faced role but most recently has championed the creation of ticketed events, from comedy nights to live music experiences which have seen great success. Sarah is particularly passionate about leading events that support women, from business-to-business support groups, to makeup masterclasses, to yoga and wellness groups designed to support women’s mental health, showcase their local businesses and much more. We look forward to seeing what events Sarah leads as she continues in her role at Flat Cap.
Brooke & Chloe
Both Chloe and Brooke are incredible assets to The Courthouse and Flat Cap Hotels and they are the perfect example of two members of front of house staff who have wanted to progress keenly and quickly within the business, with the support of our Group Service Director, the People Team and Richard. Both Chloe and Brooke started at Flat Cap as servers and have rapidly progressed into the role of Duty Managers, through Flat Caps robust training program. Chloe is incredibly organized and is focused in her role on the administrative side of her role, from order placing to marketing, while Brooke is a friendly, customer focused member of the team that you will often see smiling through a busy service. Flat Cap is looking forward to seeing where the girls progress to next within the business.
See the very best The Courthouse, Knutsford has to offer with our journal… keep track of key events, offers and experiences. Get to know our friendly Flat Cap team (and even some furry friends).