The Aiden Byrne Blog

News, events and recipes from Aiden Byrne and his restaurants.

Winter is well and truly on it's way and before we know it will be Christmas - so now is the time to get your gatherings and celebrations organised!

Whether it is a night out with friends, the annual work party or a family get together, The Church Green is the perfect venue for all your needs. Our fantastic festive menu will be available from the 1st to the 24th December.

Reservations are already flying in so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Once again we will be hosting our ‘New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner’ featuring a sumptuous six course menu of classic Church Green dishes specially selected by our team of chefs. This will be preceded by bubbles and Canapés on arrival, and then we will be seeing the new year in with style as phenomenal swing singer ‘Steve Cole’ will be here to amaze and entertain throughout the night. For more on the talented Mr Cole, check him out at

It is all set to be yet another memorable holiday season, and we look forward to celebrating it with you.

The AA Awards 2014

September 25, 2014

It doesn't feel like twelve months since the last awards but it has come round again and we are proud to say that we have retained our rosettes at the Church Green for another consecutive year, so a big pat on the back to our whole team for their continued efforts and high standards in food and service.

We also extend a big congratulations to Aiden and the team at Manchester House for earning three rosettes at the first time of asking. This is the maximum a restaurant can be awarded after its first year of business and an incredible achievement.

All in all, another very successful year at the awards for our camp; long may it continue!

We are pleased to announce our second BBQ of the year will be taking place on the 17th August. After the success of last month’s event we are bringing the ‘Inka’ grill outdoor again and will be serving our famous prime burgers, steaks, peri peri chicken, lamb koftas, and more from one o’ clock in our beautiful beer garden. For those that missed the last BBQ, all this will be accompanied by a vast array of salads and breads for you to help yourselves to. It is all set to be a great day so fingers crossed for the weather!

If we do get a scorcher of a day don’t forget our ice cream parlour is now up and running so if you have enough room left you can cool down with one of Kelly’s finest Cornish ice-creams. We will also have our full grill menu and Sunday roast available, so there promises to be something for everybody. We look forward to seeing you then!

Aiden visited a Birchwood charity he has helped to the tune of £8,000.

The owner of the Church Green in Lymm dropped into Brainwave recently as part of the town’s Disability Awareness Week. A firm supporter of the charity, Aiden met some of the children the centre helps.

Brainwave, the Warrington Guardian’s charity of the month for June, helps children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence Aiden said: ‘Family is very important to me and my wife Sarah, as is our community and the people within it.

“When we were looking for a charity to support, we knew we wanted something that had some association to all of those elements, and Brainwave was the perfect choice. It’s always an inspiration to visit Brainwave and see first-hand the great work they do.”

Brainwave community manager Joanne Freeman said: ‘On behalf of the families we support, I’d like to thank Aiden for all his hard work and generosity.

“His fundraising is making a huge difference to the children who visit our Birchwood Centre.”

Aiden, who recently opened a new fine dining restaurant in Manchester, helped raised £8,000 after making Brainwave his charity of the year. This is enough to help two new children onto the programme.

During his visit, Aiden met the Brainwave team who support children through therapy programmes that are tailored to meet their needs.

He also had a chance to meet the families of three young children attending on the day: 18-month-old Sophia Holmes, two-year-old Eva Abbrell and nine-year-old Lilly Halam.

Exciting times at the Church Green as our highly anticipated ice-cream parlour has opened to the public. Situated on our large decked area next to the pub the parlour is now serving an extensive selection of fine Cornish Ice-creams every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of summer. We have a great menu of flavours ranging from classics such as rum and raisin or mint choc chip, to wacky and wonderful creations; candyfloss ice-cream anybody? The ‘little Byrnes’, Lauren and Harrison put in the first shift on Sunday and did a fantastic job taking a roaring trade. Get down this weekend to see what you’re missing out on!

Lymm ice creamIt’s not just our ice-cream menu that is new, as Ben has freshened up our ever popular British grill menu with a great selection of original dishes, alongside some old favourites and returning Church Green classics. I’m struggling to pick a personal favourite dish but can heartily recommend the ‘Crab and chilli beignets’ starter, and the ‘Cider braised pork cheeks’ with bubble and squeak and mustard sauce is simply to die for. I also have to mention our stunning veal fillet, served with boccicini and confit tomato. Using high welfare British rose veal from Cumbria, it has to be tasted to be believed, just amazing! We still have our famous 25oz wing rib of beef for two amongst many other popular choices, so why not check out the full menu for yourself.

With so much going on at the moment there really hasn’t been a better time to pay us a visit, so I hope to see you soon!

Aiden and Sarah Byrne hosted a fantastic gourmet night at the Church Green in Lymm for Brainwave Northwest.

The dinner which was to help support young George who has Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay was a huge success.

Guests enjoyed a glass of Prosecco on arrival which was kindly sponsored by Draught Prosecco and then sat down to enjoy a fabulous three course meal, designed by Aiden especially for the evening, which included a wonderfully flavoursome and tender lamb main course and a truly delicious dessert of iced banana parfait, peanut crumble and caramelised pineapple.

Thanks to the enormous generosity of the guests, Aiden and Sarah , the donors of the many raffle and auction prizes and our very kind sponsors Matt Greenhalgh and Simon Henning from St. James’ Place Wealth Management consultancy in Lymm Village, the event raised just over £5,700 for young George’s on going treatment and education.

For more information about the work of Brainwave, please go to

Restaurant Wars

April 18, 2014

Firstly I would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and well wishes. Your positive comments through and after the show have been overwhelming.

Business for both The Church Green and Manchester house have been affected dramatically from the show and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

As you can see from the program there is a lot that goes into setting up and running a restaurant on a daily basis. The pressures can be phenomenal and can get to the best of us, week one of the series was Simon's turn to feel the heat but we haven’t done our opening night yet.

There is still time for me to loose the plot. This is the first time I have seen the show so I am watching it as you are and being surprised as to how they have edited it. We hope to see you all over the Easter break, keep watching Monday night BBC2 8 pm.

More information can be found on the BBC website.

Valentine's Menu

January 17, 2014

We’re well into the New Year now and have hit the ground running. Business is great thanks to our deal for the 5 course tasting menu for only £40 and another £15 gets you another 3 courses. We still have availability towards the beginning and the middle of the week so take advantage of this deal that will run until the end of February.

Speaking of February Valentine's Day is coming up, so why not take a look at our Valentine's menu? For those who have dined with us before you will know that these spaces sell out very quickly and we only have a limited amount.

Ben and Dylan

I have the pleasure of announcing that Ben Chaplin (a fantastic young chef) has returned to us after a stint away and both Dylan and Ben have compiled a phenomenal new menu and with those two in the kitchen the atmosphere is electric. They are a force to be reckoned with!

The new menu will come into play towards the end of January and trust me there are some exciting new dishes on there. Hopefully we will see you over the next couple of weeks!

Regards Aiden and Sarah

A happy new year to you all from the Church Green, we hope you had a fantastic and indulgent Christmas. We are pleased to announce that we are offering our five course tasting menu at an incredible £40 throughout January and February, Monday to Saturday. That’s a third off our normal price! We have included some of our favourite dishes from previous menus such as our elegant ‘Hot and cold smoked salmon, limoncello jelly, vodka Chantilly’, and the stunning ‘Chocolate and beetroot’.  

For those who wish to carry on the indulgence into 2014 we are also offering an extended tasting menu with three extra courses for a £15 supplement, including Aiden’s classic ‘Palm sugar and foie gras mousse, pain d’epice and cherry’.

Our resident wine buffs have tasted a wide selection of vino (it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it!) to find the perfect pairings for this menu and have produced two wonderful wine flights for your enjoyment. Our usual wine package is available at £25 per person, and we also introduce the premium wine flight at £45 per head, which includes some of the most luxurious bins from our cellar as an extra treat.

Alongside this great offer we are also running our ever popular British Grill Menu, where you will find the decadent 16oz Chateaubriand to share, and homely classics such as the classic fish pie. With all this choice there really never has been a better time to join us at the Church Green.

View our menus.

We hope to see you soon.

The Church Green Team

Aiden, the team and I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and thank you for all your support and custom. as a BIG thank you we are offering our Tasting Menu for only £40 throughout January (subject to availability).

We have had a very busy year, with the opening of Manchester House and many changes here at The Church Green. We have a lot of plans for 2014 too, with the return of our very popular Gourmet Wine Nights, a Summer BBQ or two and lots of busy days inbetween. We would really like you to enjoy these events with us, so be sure to keep an eye on our website for details of all our upcoming events.

We hope that you have done all your Christmas shopping by now, but if you are still stuck for a present, why not pop in and pick up a voucher so they can dine with us? You choose the amount, they choose the meal and wine!

Wishing you the best Christmas and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sarah, Aiden and all the Team.


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