OUR SOURCE OF FOOD hawarden estate farm shop charlie & caroline gladstone's library history Jobs

- Our Source of Food -

1. Our neighbouring sister business, Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, sets the example we follow: real food, natural products. So we start at the farm, for all our fresh fruit and vegetables. The butchery at the Farm Shop handles our meat, sausages, poultry and game, much of which is also raised on Hawarden Estate farms.

2. Local Welsh and Cheshire-based businesses which supply tasty food and drink to the Farm Shop also make special editions for The Glynne. This includes producers of relishes, jams, chutney, jellies, juices, ales, cake and chocolate.

3. We source from national food heroes who produce the best in their field: Manx kippers, Somerset cider, Scottish black pudding and haggis, and many more.

- Hawarden Estate Farm Shop -

- Hawarden Estate -
- Farm Shop -

Our sister business is the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, which is about a mile away on the B5125 Chester Road. The Farm Shop is at the heart of a 25-acre fruit and vegetable farm, particularly famous for its asparagus, its orchards of apples, pears and plums and its vibrant strawberry-picking season.

There is an award-winning butchery and an award-winning deli at the Farm Shop. All the meat, poultry and game are raised on Hawarden Estate or neighbouring farms and, in addition to high quality fresh cuts of meat, the butchery and deli are renowned for their tasty sausages, game pies, cheese and meat platters and monster sausage rolls.

Also playing their part in the life of the Farm Shop are a thriving café serving breakfast, lunch and tea; a wine and ale shop; a nature trail; a traditional wooden play fort; pigs and chickens; and in summer a barbecue and PYO soft fruit.

The Farm Shop has an absolute passion for real food and natural products. It sources the very best specialist produce it can find, primarily from local suppliers, much of it handmade in small batches and limited editions. Everything is as tasty, healthy, new and fresh as it can be.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop & Café opening hours:

Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm


Behind the revival of the Glynne Arms are Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. They live in the highlands of Scotland where they run a business called Pedlars, and spend a fair bit of time in Hawarden where Charlie’s parents live; they also own the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop just down the road. They have six children and five dogs.

Charlie and Caroline are constantly bursting with ideas and optimism, which is possibly why, when they looked at the Glynne Arms, they saw not a dilapidated disaster, but a warmly welcoming village hub done up with style and serving great, unpretentious, locally-sourced food.

- Gladstone’s Library -

Founded by Prime Minister William E Gladstone in 1895, Gladstone’s Library houses his collection of 32,000 books, many of which contain his own pencil annotations in the margins. Despite being 85 when the library was built, Gladstone himself carried the books there in a wheelbarrow from his home in Hawarden Castle. These form part of today’s total of around 250,000 books, journals and pamphlets, with topics ranging from theology and history to Gladstone’s personal papers.

The library remains dedicated to carrying on his legacy as a place that encourages dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded people. It’s an incredible resource for Hawarden Village and surprisingly accessible, not least because you can actually stay there. While one wing of the grade I listed building houses books, the other contains 26 comfortable study bedrooms, most with ensuite facilities.

Visitors wishing to use the library and its books are required to become a Reader, which is simple and free to do – an application form can be downloaded from www.gladstoneslibrary.org or picked up from the library itself. Alternatively book on to one of its free daily tours at 12pm.

To find out more tel: 01244 532 350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org. You can also find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

- history -

The Glynne Arms, constructed around 1812, was named in honour of the Glynne Family, whose ancestral seat was Hawarden Castle. Sir Stephen Glynne, the 9th baronet, succeeded to the baronetcy in 1815 and became Liberal MP for Flint; it was through this connection that his sister, Catherine Glynne, met the famous whig politician and later Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, whom she married. The Gladstones lived at Hawarden Castle and when Stephen died in 1874, the Hawarden Estate passed to William and Catherine’s eldest son, William Henry, also a Liberal MP and an accomplished singer, organist and composer.

Hawarden developed as a mining village – the estate quarry in Tinkers Dale was where Ewloe sandstone was mined – and the workers and the Friendly Societies would gather at The Glynne, which was more of a coffee house and a hotel than a drinking den. It was known as ‘the people’s public house’. When the railway line opened in 1890, Hawarden found itself the object of interest for curious tourists who came to see where Prime Minister William Gladstone and his family lived.

In 1906 The Glynne underwent refurbishment and was leased to the People’s Refreshment House Association, out of which evolved the Public House Trust Association, one of whose underlying principles was that “The general arrangement and management of the house shall be on the lines of a house of refreshment, instead of a mere drinking bar.”

Visitors to the Chester Races used The Glynne as a hotel, as did the blossoming Hawarden Cricket Club. Part of what is now the pub housed the local butcher; and a cattle market was periodically held outside. Although it became a popular spot for tourists to stay, attracting patrons of all social classes, it never lost its character as a place ‘for the village’.

Hawarden Estate and Castle are now under the stewardship of Sir William Gladstone and his son Charlie. Backed up by the enthusiasm of Charlie’s family and a team of professionals working at Hawarden, they have now restored The Glynne to its former glory, and more. The Glynne now once again takes its place at the heart of this traditionally hard-working, tightly-knit and patriotic community. glory, and more.

- jobs -

We have a number of job opportunities across all of our businesses, including; The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, The Glynne Arms, The Good Life Experience Festival Team and at our exciting new ‘pop up’ General Store & Café at Broughton Park. We are particularly keen to find good people with skills in food preparation; cooks, chefs and grill chefs, as well as front of house staff, butchers and retailers, apprenticeships, in fact, we are always on the lookout for exceptional people that like what we do. We offer a wonderful working environment, competitive salaries and the chance to be part of a professional and highly motivated team with genuine career prospects.

Please send your cv to manager@theglynnearms.co.uk.