This family-friendly American-style diner has been a long time coming for Wilmslow

Many of the best-laid plans have gone awry in the past 18 months. The Hickory’s team took over the site on Racecourse Road in Wilmslow almost two years ago and now, finally, the much-anticipated BBQ smokehouse is open.

We can’t wait to welcome you all and show you what we have done with the place

Hickory’s might be new to Wilmslow but this is not its first rodeo. The independent Cheshire based group has been operating in Chester for over 21 years. As well as a multitude of Hicks, they also look after cocktail bar Barlounge and award-winning steakhouse Upstairs At The Grill.

Rub It Smoke It Pull It On The Wall Of Hickorys Bbq Restaurant And Smokehouse In Wilmslow
Spice rubbed, smoked and pulled meat is the order of the day at Hick's
Red Leather Booth And Banquette Seating At Hickorys Wilmslow
There's a huge American influence

Everyone loves a veranda

The space is huge with a vast, leafy, terraced veranda, the kind you want to make a beeline for in this ridiculous heat, and a glass garden room with retractable roof and walls - a smart move to have those options if the past 18 months are anything to go by. Inside the style is all American with sporting references aplenty and a corrugated iron wall hanging that shouts “Welcome to Wilmslow” in classic USA roadside diner style.

Hickory's is all about the family-friendly vibes with loads of games and activities for kids - the Wilmslow venue even features a specially designed kids cinema room to keep them busy once they’ve tucked into their burger and got bored with adult conversation.

The Large Airy Tree Lined Beer Garden At The New Hickorys Wilmslow
There is plenty of space for outdoor dining...
Large Leafy Beer Garden At Hickorys Wilmslow
...including a garden room with retractable roof and walls...
Feature Wall Welcome To Wilmslow On Corrugated Steel And Red Lether Circular Booth Seting At Hickorys New Bbq Restaurant In Wilmslow
...and the interiors feature red leather booth seating an 'Welcome to Wilmslow' artwork

Low and slow

There’s also a USA-style “sportsbook” area with large HD TV screens showing sports like NFL, golf and rugby, betting kiosks and computers and a hot-desking area to people working away from the office can take advantage of the super-fast WIFI.

All that sounds lovely, right? But what’s the food like? Well, there are no prizes for guessing that spice-rubbed, smoked and slow-cooked meat are the main draw. Think racks of baby back ribs, deeply flavoured beef brisket, and the eternally popular pulled pork alongside steaks, burgers and smoked chicken wings. Milkshakes and cocktails are the main draws of the drinks menu.

Smokehouse Ribs On A Board With Pickles Coleslaw And A Red Metal Cup Of Fries At Hickorys Wilmslow
Memphis style baby back ribs are rubbed in 'magic dust'
Steak And Chips At Hickorys Wilmslow
Black and blue butt steak topped with creamy stilton cheese
Chicken Wings In A Basket At Hickorys Wilmslow
Smoked chicken wings in a sticky Tennessee BBQ glaze

Hickory’s founder, Neil McDonnell, said: “At times it's felt like this day would never come but we are finally there and I know the team are all raring to go. One benefit of the delayed opening has been the extra time it has given us to finesse the design of the restaurant, add a few quirky extra touches and make sure our team are all very excited and ready to go. We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community here in Wilmslow, so, as you can imagine, we can’t wait to welcome you all and show you what we have done with the place.”

Hickory’s General Manager Adam Mitchell said, ‘The team are beyond excited to open. All the training and our practice nights have been leading to this moment and we just can’t wait to start welcoming our guests for real, so come and say ‘Hi’ and see what we have done with the place.

Hickory’s Boddington Arms, Racecourse Rd, Wilmslow SK9 5LR

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