Results of Dabbers’ Dish Competition

Dabbers Dish Prize
L-R: Coun. John Lewis, Bill Pearson, Kate Dobson, Harry Clewlow, Ronnie Clewlow, Coun. Stuart Hutton.

The Museum  hosted the presentation of the Dabber’s Dish contest on Sunday 22 September.

This competition was organised by Councillor Stuart Hutton of Nantwich Town Council to find a recipe that most represents Nantwich’s cooking and to find out how locals have been inspired by events, businesses, local produce and ingredients.

There were two winners of the competition, which had a business and individuals category.

Clewlows won the business category with their Pork and Chutney Dabber’s pie. Harry Clewlow and grandson Ronnie received the trophy and  handed out samples which were very well received.

Bill Pearson won the individual’s trophy with an equally tasty looking Nantwich cheese and onion soup. The recipe along with some further information can be found on Bill’s Dabber Dish site (at foot of this page).

Dabber Pie
Dabber Pie

We reproduce Councillor Hutton’s encouraging comments below:

‘Nantwich is considered one of the great foodie destinations but we don’t have a typical dish, unlike other towns such as Stoke with their oatcakes and Cornwall with the pastie.

“It was a pleasure to be able to present the awards to the winners of the competition, Mr Pearson for his wonderful ‘Nantwich Cheese and Onion Soup’, and to H. Clewlow Butchers for their famous ‘Dabber’s Pie’. I’m extremely grateful to all the businesses and individuals that entered the competition. The eagerness of local people to get involved in this and other initiatives goes to underline just what makes our town such a great place to live and visit – the people.

Dabber Soup
Nantwich Cheese & Onion Soup

“I was bowled over by some of the creativity displayed by the competitors some of whom have given permission for their ideas to be published in the museum’s recipe book (available soon). The quality of the winning entries is also a testament to the excellent local produce available in and around our town.

“I hope local people will take these recipes to their hearts – or stomachs – have a go at making them at home and maybe even add their own twists.”


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Redshift Radio – Networking Hub Event

RedShift Radio LogoThursday 29th August from 4.00 pm till 6.00 pm.

SPECIAL RedShift Networking Hub – Network with your Children!

Bring the kids to Nantwich Museum and they will be looked after by Kidz Kitchen, Zoo2U and the Museum Staff while you can carry on networking with the grown ups.  Meet Businesses, Charities, Community Groups and Schools and build lasting relationships to help develop and grow your organisation!

We will have TWO fabulous speakers – 10 minutes each – and the opportunity for everyone else to give a 20 second soundbite about their business and, importantly, what referrals they are looking for.

The remainder of the time is given over to informal networking accompanied by some light refreshments.

Build YOUR network and grow your business with RedShift!

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Storytime at Nantwich Museum

Workshops & Story Time

At Nantwich Museum

This summer we are holding a succession of children’s drop-in workshops and a Children’s Trail competition – based around our major exhibition ‘Nantwich Eats – 100 Years of Food Shopping’.

Children’s Trail – Search for the picture and letter clues from 9 participating Nantwich Shops! Can you solve the anagram? There is a £20.00 Book Voucher for the winner. Pop into the Museum for an entry form (costs 20p).

Workshops:  We are adding a new storytime venture to many of our workshops, it gives your child an opportunity to act out stories, old and new, using props. There’s a charge of £2 per child (all children must be accompanied by an adult, please). Groups are requested to book in advance. See below for more details:


FOOD DETECTIVES -Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th August – drop-in 11.00am – 3.00pm

  Storytime Session: HANDA’S SURPRISE at 11.30 am & 13.30 pm

Handa'a Surprise Book Cover

GET ARTY WITH FOOD! – Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th August – drop-in 11.00 am -3.00 pm

Storytime Session – THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR at 11.30 am and 13.30 pm

 The Hungry Caterpillar Book Cover


FUN AT THE TABLE – Wednesday 14th August & Thursday 15th August – drop-in 11.00 am – 3.00 pm

Storytime Session – GOLDILOCKS at 11.30am & 13.30pm

Goldilocks book Cover
EXPERIMENT WITH FOOD – Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th August – drop-in 11.00 am – 3.00 pmFor more details please email , pop into the museum or phone us on 01270 627104



Roman Artifacts Now on Display

Roman Head

A selection of Roman artifacts from the 2002 Kingsley Fields excavation conducted by Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit and funded by Bellway Homes Limited have gone on display at Nantwich Museum. The excavation is regarded as one of the most important to have been carried out in Nantwich and revealed a Roman industrial site engaged in salt making along with a variety of artifacts. The Roman settlement in the town was established in the 2nd century AD and existed for about 150 years.

Salt making tools, pottery for serving food and decoration, other tools such as an adze hammer used for working wood, a variety of household goods and even a 2000 year old loo seat can be seen. Craftsmen and farmers were active in the area and a reaping hook is displayed which would have been used to harvest locally grown cereals and vegetables.

The project was managed by the Cheshire West and Chester Museums Service. The new display is an important step in exploring Nantwich in Roman times and includes an interpretive panel and interactivity where visitors are invited to match modern objects with items from the Roman and other collections.

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