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When the Restaurant restrictions are lifted, we will be doing all we can to protect your health.

19th May 2020 


With an Environmental Health Rating of 5/5, our chefs are well trained in cross contamination and exemplary hygiene standards. We are now using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to ensure we keep our staff and customers safe. We will always use fresh ingredients to produce our dishes, so expect your dining experience to remain unchanged.






In usual circumstances, our team of housekeepers maintain an exceptional level of cleanliness throughout our venue. Additional measures are now taken to ensure regular contact points (such as door handles and light switches) are sanitised often.

To reassure our guests, we have installed screens within our public spaces to aid with social distancing. 






Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves until we feel that the risks are diminished.  They are knowledgeable and will guide customers with our social distancing and health and safety measures. All staff will be temperature screened on arrival to work, we will not take risks.






We will ask you to use hand sanitiser on entry to our premises, we hope that our guests will understand and cooperate.  Guests may choose to wash their hands in our facilities instead.  We will ask all guests to participate in non-contact temperature screening on arrival to our premises.

We will offer a table service only for all food and drink, our bar is closed to guests until we feel confident that risks are diminished.  This might cause delays at busy times, our staff will be working hard to overcome this, your patience is appreciated.




The Pecks Group response to COVID-19

31st March 2020 - revised 17th April 2020

A message to customers
Thank you for your support in the past, we think of our customers as our friends.  At this testing and worrying time we hope that you all remain healthy and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. 

A message to gift card holders
Please hold onto your gift card, it will become redeemable once we reopen.  We will happily extend the validity of gift cards should this become a problem.   We look forward to welcoming you back once the current emergency has passed.  What better way to celebrate the return to normality than a visit to The Wheatsheaf. 

A message to customers who have paid over deposits
We have a reduced team working remotely to process bookings transfers. Due to the high volume of requests and uncertainty around timings of government-restrictions, we are at present only dealing with bookings until 31 May. These customers may either change the date of their booking, request a gift card to the value of the deposit that can be redeemed at any time once we reopen, or request a refund. Please note that requesting a gift card or refund will take longer to process due to our reduced team. We are contacting customers who have paid deposits for bookings before 31 May directly.

Due to our team’s capacity and the uncertainty of how long government restrictions will last, we are not yet processing bookings changes for dates on or after 1 June 2020, but we will do so as soon as government advice changes.

A message to suppliers
Our supplier relationships are extremely important to us; we know that suppliers are suffering, just as we are. Both Pecks Restaurant and The Wheatsheaf Hotel are very well financed, and The Pear family will provide whatever financial resources are required to ensure that the businesses meet all of their obligations.  Suppliers will be paid on time, when payments become due.  We look forward to working with you all when the current situation resolves. 

A message to our staff
Please remain at home and stay safe.  You are our greatest assets, your health and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us.  Take care.  See you soon!


20th March 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that due to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice from our Government and the World Health Organisation, we are left with no option but to close The Wheatsheaf, Friday 20th March until further notice.

This extraordinary measure has been taken in the interest of both employee and guest safety which are of utmost importance to us. Unfortunately, during this time, we will have limited access to the restaurants social media, website and phones.

We look forward to reopening, when we are able, and to welcoming you back to the restaurant. May we take this opportunity to thank you all for the fantastic support and loyalty you have shown to us during this unprecedented time.

With very best wishes

The Wheatsheaf Team


The AA 5 Star Gold awarded Gastropub and Steakhouse in Hightown, Sandbach has firmly established itself as the destination of choice amongst local residents and visitors alike who appreciate outstanding food, great beers, wines, cocktails and a friendly engaging service.

The Wheatsheaf has been extensively restored to create a modern, relaxing ambience while retaining the architectural charm of its 19th century coaching inn heritage. The restaurant, bar and heated terrace areas have been professionally designed to create the perfect spot to sit back with a glass of champagne or a taste bud tingling cocktail and enjoy a fabulous food experience. Larger groups may even prefer to soak up the atmosphere with a speciality Gin Tree! Want to make a night of it? The luxurious boutique guestrooms have not only earned the coveted Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence but even won over the discerning competition on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed!

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Our Executive Head Chef, Les Wassall, believes passionately in using the very best local produce. He prefers to have long term partnerships with local producers and wherever possible, visits farmers, fisheries and gamekeepers, to ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare are maintained. Free-range is a prerequisite. We also believe in working together with producers to develop products that enhance our menu and, by paying fair prices for what we buy.
A former coaching inn built in 1890, The Wheatsheaf in Hightown, Sandbach has been acquired by The Pear Family, who own Pecks Restaurant in Congleton.
The Pears have breathed new life into the historic building. Following an extensive refurbishment and restoration, The Wheatsheaf in Sandbach has become 'A Quintessentially British Gastropub'.
We aim to make the Wheatsheaf your regular haunt, appreciated for outstanding food quality, great beers, wines, cocktails, friendly engaging service, and perhaps most importantly, superb value for money.

Our team are well trained and completely focused on enhancing your experience. We will not be intrusive, but always on hand to help and serve you. Operations Director, Jake Pear, is hands-on and dedicated to your enjoyment of the Wheatsheaf. Our locally renowned Executive Head Chef, Les Wassall, aims to bring his fine dining skills to the relaxed gastropub environment that is, the Wheatsheaf.