Beautiful village on Cheshire border with secluded beach 'unlike anywhere else'

Onwer Fliss Dean at Flissy's Coffee Shop. Photo by Colin Lane
Flissy's Coffee Shop in Thurstaston pictured owner Fliss Dean. Photo by Colin Lane -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

Tucked away in Wirral, where the countryside meets the coast, is a secluded village that offers breathtaking views of North Wales and has been described as 'unlike anywhere else'.

Thurstaston, just over the Cheshire border near Neston, could easily be mistaken for a holiday destination with its rural country lanes, farms, caravan park, cosy cafes and scenic walks.

Despite its small size, Thurstaston Beach wouldn't look out of place on the Cornish coastline. Wooden steps from Wirral Country Park lead down to the sandy beach on the banks of the Dee Estuary.

Nestled at the bottom of clay cliffs, it offers stunning views across to Wales on a clear day.

The village also boasts the Wirral Way, a trail along an old railway line that attracts walkers and cyclists. Flissy's Coffee Shop, which opened on Station Road six years ago, serves ice-cream all year round, regardless of the weather, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Just a short stroll from the beach, the coffee shop has a large outdoor area that becomes a suntrap in the summer months. Open daily from 9am-5.30pm, the cafe's all-day menu features breakfast bagels and wraps, paninis and sandwiches with fillings such as halloumi, crispy bacon and fish fingers.

Manager Kumara Pickering said: "I think the area is very unique compared to everywhere else. It's a lot smaller than, say New Brighton, but you've got the Wirral Way and the caravan park."

"When it's summer we have our hatch open of a night time, so the cafe is closed but we sell chips, drinks, ice-cream, so people at the end of the day can still get their ice-cream fix."

The Nest Cafe and Bar, which opened in March this year, is nestled further along Station Road. Amidst the rural backdrop, this cafe has become a hit with both dog walkers and beach-goers.

It also draws in tourists staying at the nearby Wirral Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite, offering live music and open mic nights.

Co-owner Angela Church said: "This is a great location. There's nowhere around here like this - it's unique. We're close to West Kirby, Caldy, Hoylake is not too far away either."

Mark Mclean, the head chef who previously worked at Queens bistro on Castle Street, offers a variety of small plates at the Nest, as well as hearty mains ranging from a homemade pie of the day to a pulled pork and white bean cassoulet.

Les Bell, formerly of Chantilly's in Hoylake, is the talent behind the fresh cakes served at the cafe. Angela added, "The food is all cooked from scratch and it's all bought local. We're employing a lot of local people from the area."

The Nest is poised for a revamp of its outdoor space, which will cater to wedding celebrations and private functions. A stone's throw away lies Thurstaston Common, an idyllic walking destination and a Site of Special Scientific Interest that spans 250 acres.

Hidden within the woods atop Thurstaston Hill rests Thor's Rock, a significant sandstone outcrop veiled in enigma. According to local lore, Viking settlers are said to have conducted religious rites at Thor's Rock, with annual dances around the stone by children.

Geologists now believe that the rock is a result of natural processes, later altered by quarrymen in the 18th and 19th centuries. Benty Farm Tearoom, offering picturesque views of Thurstaston Common, is reachable by foot from School Lane.

Charlotte Reed's lineage has farmed the land for five generations, with the tearoom opening in 2014. Come spring, the farm unveils a field of 10,000 tulips, inviting guests to pick their own blooms.

Benty Farm Tearooms
Benty Farm Tearooms

The farm also hosts strawberry and raspberry picking during summer, and sunflower and pumpkin harvesting as the seasons turn. Charlotte said: "It was always an idea of my grandad's just to serve cream teas on the cobbled yard.

"We thought 'let's try it.' We opened and it was quite quiet to start off with. We thought 'what have we done?'"

"The first Mother's Day hit and that was it then. It just went 'bang' and we were like 'this is going to work.'"

Her grandmother was always in the kitchen making bread and other treats, so Emma can't help but imagine what she would think of the tea rooms now. "Gran was always making bread and things like that so I always think 'imagine if she was in here now with us.' She was up at six every morning."

Benty's afternoon tea includes an assortment of sandwiches, homemade cakes, quiche and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream. The tea rooms also serve made-to-order sandwiches and homemade soup.

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