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At The Glynne Arms we want to understand exactly where our food comes from. Provenance is key to us because we not only believe in food that tastes great but that is also local, sustainable and is good for our community, the environment and our guests’ health. Everyone talks about provenance, but we try to go an extra mile by really understanding precisely where all of our meat, vegetables and dairy products come from.

Much of our meat served in the pub is sourced from our sister business the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, and if it isn’t reared right here on the Estate, the butchers work hand-in-hand with local farmers and merchants to select the best, most sustainable and most local produce they can. A lot of other produce –fruit and veg and dairy- also comes from the Estate, and we forage what we can, with Estate wild garlic and Dee Estuary Samphire regularly appearing on the menu. Not everything can be sourced locally as we use things like lemons and bananas, but a lot of it is.

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.

Local is good. Provenance is key. We want to bring you the best and so that’s what we’re trying to do.

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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. 

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Charlie & Caroline


Behind the revival of the Glynne Arms are Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. Charlie and Caroline have spent the last 25 years running a number of small businesses. They have learned a lot along the way and these businesses -including The Glynne Arms- now employ around 100 people. The Gladstones are co-founders of The Good Life Experience festival, founded vintage homewares brand Pedlars, are owners of the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and are co-authors of The Pedlars Guide to The Great Outdoors. They are also farmers.

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.

They have six children and six dogs and divide their time between the highlands of Scotland, London and Hawarden, where Charlie grew up.

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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 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 You can also find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Xanthe Berkeley

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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.

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We are looking for chefs of all levels to join our dedicated team in the kitchen at The Glynne Arms, so if you might be the person for the job, please get in touch.

・Positions available for experienced chefs of all levels.
・Permanent, full-time positions available. 
・Competitive salary, dependent on experience. 
・Benefits included.

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