ONE of the country's oldest breweries is appealing for aspiring chefs to help put a historic country pub on the food map.

The Cock O’Budworth is a former 17th century coaching inn in Great Budworth – often described as the most picturesque village in Cheshire and a favourite with film makers.

And with its tenancy now available, owners the Joseph Holt brewery, are looking to transform the listed pub into a coveted destination for food lovers.

Richard Kershaw, fifth generation and chief executive of Joseph Holt, said: "The Cock O`Budworth has always been a local favourite, thanks to the cosy snug, open fires, vast beer garden, our traditional menu and of course our award-winning ales which are served in the 'old barn'.

"But with more people willing to travel further for a 'foodie experience' we`d like to take the opportunity of a vacant tenancy to turn this lovely pub into more of a place to enjoy a new bespoke menu, devised by the chef, and based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

"It would literally be a recipe for someone to put their name and that of the pub on the map."

Film crews have come to Great Budworth to record scenes for both the small and big screen, including the BBC who used Great Budworth to double as 1890s Hastings for their remake of War of the Worlds.

The tenancy will also be an opportunity to both respect the history of the building and location, yet bring 'the kind of cool and contemporary dining usually associated with big cities', into the countryside.

Richard added: "Our tenancy arrangement is perfect for those who prefer to work on their own initiative with the freedom to run their pub the way they want."