Welcome to the Cotton Arms

Whether you’re visiting for a meal; some drinks in the vault; or staying the night in our campsite, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

Kim & Jamie took over running the pub in January 2019 and have put an emphasis on local produce and keeping the pub as the heartbeat of the community.  We host various events throughout the year from quizzes to car shows and music festivals to fireworks displays…. There’s always something on at The Cotton


The Cotton Arms is the oldest pub in Wrenbury village. Part of the existing building dates back to the 16th century, where it is believed that, curiously, ships’ timbers were used to provide the structural beams.

A tributary of the River Weaver flows directly through the pub’s cellar. Some say that this was once used to cool the beer before modern refrigeration. Prior to developments in the early 1900s, the pub could only cater for eight people, with stabling for up to five horses.

Nowadays, we are pleased to afford our guests more spacious surroundings, in addition to home-cooked traditional British meals and a wide range of real ales. Those adhering to a special diet are very welcome.

We host regular Lunch and Supper Clubs on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Not only do these Lunch and Supper Clubs provide extremely good value; they are also an opportunity for you to sample some creative and seasonal cuisine.

The Cotton Arms is able to cater for functions in a designated private pavilion, complete with its own bar. We also have a children’s play area and traditional bowling green.

Food & Drink

The Cotton Arms was recently awarded CAMRA summer Pub of the Year

We have a well stocked bar with a wide range of cask ales, lager, cider, wines and spirits. We usually stock 7 real ales so you will be able to find a mixture of amber, pale and dark varieties! We also stock a range of bottled and canned craft ales and lagers. 

Our top shelf carries an ever expanding range of gins (30 at the last count) and some hand picked malt whiskies along side the usuals and a couple of interesting inclusions. 

All our food is freshly cooked to order and our menus are regularly updated

Lunch Club – 2 courses for £7.50 or 3 courses for £10

Monday to Friday 1200-1430 

Menu changes monthly. Booking is not always essential but is strongly advised!

Supper Club – 2 courses for £9 or 3 courses for £12

Wednesday 1730-2100

Menu changes weekly. Booking is not always essential but is strongly advised!

GF = Gluten free / *GF* = Gluten free on request
V = Vegan / *V* = Vegan on request


Soup of the day, served with bloomer & butter *GF* £5.00

Black pudding bon bons, Tuscan bean stew, balsamic dressed rocket & crispy poached egg £6.00

Beetroot & goat’s cheese – pickled and roasted beetroot with glazed and bon bon versions of goat’s cheese, served with dressed leaves & hazelnuts £6.00

Tempura king prawns with dressed salad and sweet chilli dip £6.00

White wine & cinnamon poached pear, walnut & quinoa salad £6.00 GF V

Rump steak, mushrooms, onions & cheddar cheese on toasted ciabatta with
dressed salad & hand cut chips £9.00

Classic range (on white or granary bloomer *GF*, served with dressed salad & crisps) All £6.00
Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets & cranberry sauce 

Falafel, houmous & red slaw *GF*

Ham and mustard with gem lettuce and tomato *GF*

Sausage, bacon & black pudding

Cheshire cheese, lettuce & tomato *GF*

Tuna, mayonnaise & sweetcorn melt *GF*

Smaller Appetites
All £6.00
Mini beef burgers with fries and red slaw

Chicken curry with rice and naan *GF*

Ham and eggs with hand cut chips and a dressed salad GF

Pork & leek sausage, mash, peas and gravy

Hot dog topped with BBQ pulled pork, served with fries

Chicken goujons with fries and beans *GF*

Classic mac n cheese and garlic ciabatta

Hong Kong style sweet & sour chicken with rice and prawn crackers GF 

Wholetail scampi with fries & peas

6oz gammon, fried egg, fries & peas GF

Battered haddock, hand cut chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce *GF* £11.00

Cotton burger served in a sourdough bun with baby gem lettuce, tomato, red onion & gherkin and with seasoned French fries & red slaw *GF* £11.00
Choose from the following:     

Welsh black beef GF

Buffalo chicken GF

Bangkok Bad Boy V

Add bacon or pulled pork £1.50

Add cheddar or Stilton £1.00

Add a second patty to your burger (any of the 3 varieties!) £3.00

Murghali karahi gosht (slow braised lamb shank with tomatoes, garlic, methi & cinnamon) served with rice, onion bhaji,
naan & poppadum *GF* £14.00

Cotton puff pie topped with herb crumb, with mashed potato, vegetables & gravy £12.00
Choose from the following:

Welsh black beef & ale,

Chicken & sweetcorn,

Cheshire cheese & onion,

Chicken, ham & leek,

Lamb & mint

Pork, apple, sage & onion

Pheasant, duck, boar & juniper

Minced beef & onion

Roasted root vegetables & cranberry

Salmon & dill fish cakes with butternut squash purée, sautéed potatoes, fine beans, rocket and a hazelnut & parsley pesto GF £13.50

Welsh black beef braised with bacon, Stilton & mushrooms served with horseradish mash, kale & roasted root vegetables GF £13.00

Steaks – served with hand cut chips, roasted tomato & mushroom, dressed salad & onion rings *GF*
Choose from the following:                              10oz Welsh black sirloin £18.50
12oz Gammon with egg & pineapple £13.00     5oz Welsh black rump £11.00
Add a peppercorn or stilton & mushroom sauce to your steak £2.00

Confit duck leg with a duck & clementine tagine sauce, cous cous & roasted cauliflower £14.00

Pheasant breasts with parsnips and onions in a cider cream sauce served with garlic mashed potatoes & vegetables *GF* £12.00

Roasted butternut squash, mushrooms & sage tossed with potato gnocchi, served with a rocket & Parmesan salad *V* £11.00

Katsu chicken – breaded chicken escalope with Japanese curry sauce, Jasmine rice and a pickled radish, cucumber & onion salad £12.00

Roasted pork belly with crushed new potatoes, spiced red cabbage, green beans, black pudding bon bons, cider gravy and apple crisps *GF* £15.00

Hand cut chips GF £3.00 Seasoned fries GF £3.00 Mashed potato GF £2.00
Garlic ciabatta £3.00 Cheesy garlic ciabatta £3.50 Battered onion rings *GF* £3.00
Dressed salad GF £4.00 Mixed vegetables GF £3.00 Bread & butter *GF* £2.00


Dark chocolate, maple & pecan brownie with chocolate sauce & chocolate ice cream GF V £6.00

Apple & cherry crumble with vanilla custard *GF* £5.00

White chocolate & raspberry cheesecake with caramac, meringue & raspberries *GF* £6.00

 Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream GF £6.00

Ice cream or sorbet with Florentine fan wafers *GF*
Ice creams available: chocolate, vanilla, honeycomb, strawberry
Sorbets available: mango, champagne, blood orange £1.00 a scoop
Cheeseboard with savoury biscuits, grapes. Chutney & celery *GF*
(Ask for today’s selection of 3 cheeses) £7.50


The Campsite

The Cotton Arms is pleased to host a touring and camping site located across two spacious and well-kept fields. Caravans, campervans and motorhomes are welcome to the left-hand field, where we have hard-standing pitches with electric hook-up points. Meanwhile, the large right-hand field is designated for caravans, motorhomes, motorhomes & tents and has no electric hook-ups.


Showers – charged at £1 for 8 minutes

Electric Hook Up – included for caravan site pitches

Pavilion – ideal for hosting private parties, christening and wedding receptions etc. Self-contained bar

Bowling Green – full size Crown Green and Hut

Beer Garden – ideal for those sunny days and our occasional BBQ’s

Llangollen Canal – direct access to the tow path and moorings


Caravan Site

For caravans, motorhomes and campervans only

Hard standing pitch with EHU (Electric Hook-Up): £20 per night

Camping Field

For tents, caravans, motorhomes & campervans

(Grass pitches with no EHU)

1 Person tents: £5 Per Night

2 Person tents: £10 Per Night

3 Person tents: £12 Per Night

4 or more Person tents: £14 Per Night

Caravans, motorhomes & campervans: £12.50 Per Night


Absolutely love this place, go every chance we get. Staff wonderful, food fantastic.

Mark Barratt

Great food and beautifully kept beer. An essential stop when boating on the Llangollen.

Graham Findlay


If you would like to book a table, reserve a caravan pitch, arrange a rally or if you have any other inquiries at all then do not hesitate to contact us through the following channels;


01270 780 377




pub@cottonarmswrenbury.co.uk for general pub enquiries, or…

campsite@cottonarmswrenbury.co.uk if you are looking to camp with us

Find Us


Cholmondeley Road,

Nr Nantwich,


Opening Times


Monday – Thursday 1200 – 2300

Friday – Sunday 1200 – 0000

Food Served

Monday – Friday 1200 – 1430 & 1730 – 2100

Saturday 1200 – 2100

Sunday 1200 – 1800


01270 780377

The pub and campsite are also accessible from the

Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Branch, running right behind the campsite.

Links to other sites

UK Campsite – Cotton Arms page

TripAdvisor – Cotton Arms

CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale

Local Area

The well-established Cotton Arms lies at the heart of the delightful village of Wrenbury. This country pub is takes its namesake from George Cotton, who was granted the land surrounding Wrenbury, following the dissolution of the Cistercian monastery in 1539.

However, the village can be traced back as long ago as 1230, when it was entered into the Doomsday Book as Wareneberie. Even earlier than this, records document that there was a monastery in Wrenbury from around 1133.

It is thought that the name, Wrenbury, translates as “old forest inhabited by wrens”. Visit Wrenbury and its surroundings and you will immediately see why this charming moniker names the village. Wrenbury village, a registered conservation area, is teeming with native British birds, flora and fauna. In spring, ox-eye daisies peep through the cowslip lining the meandering lanes. Meanwhile, in St Margaret’s church grounds, a designated area is left for wildlife, such as the native small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper and painted lady butterflies. Warblers, gold-fiches, chaffinches and robins are particularly common along the tow-paths lining the Shropshire Union Canal (Llangollen Branch).

Architecturally, Wrenbury is teeming with history: from the Grade II listed St Margaret’s Church (which dates from the early 16th century) to the free school endowed by Ralph Buckley (1605); from Wrenbury Hall (alleged to have been used to shelter Parliamentary forces during the Civil War) to Telford’s timber lift-bridge on the nearby Shropshire Union Canal.

The Cotton Arms is perfectly situated for walkers, campers, nature and historical enthusiasts alike. It is also an ideal watering hole for narrow-boat and other canal users as the pub is directly accessible through a short footpath leading from the canal tow-path, near the marina.

Local Shops and Amenities

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Wrenbury Village Stores

Well stocked convenience store and post office stocking all your favourite brands including groceries, newspapers and local fresh produce.

Wrenbury Mill – Marina Services

Full marina services with shop selling boat spares, maps etc.