Real Housewives reunite as Leanne Brown and Ampika Pickston lunch with Tanya Bardsley – as rumours mount of “massive shake-up” on hit show

There are rumours of a “massive shake-up” ahead on the upcoming eighth series of the Real Housewives of Cheshire, so it must have been a VERY interesting lunch meeting as co-stars past and present reunited in Alderley Edge.

Former Real Housewives Leanne Brown and Ampika Pickston were spotted heading to a lunchtime catch-up with current cast member Tanya Bardsley, who has starred on the hit ITVBe docudrama from its very first series.

Tanya, married to Burnley footballer Phil Bardsley, was dressed casually in sportswear as she headed for the lunch at the newly-launched Parea bar on London Road in Alderley Edge.

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley is joined by former cast members Ampika Pickston and Leanne Brown for lunch in Parea Restaurant in Alderley Edge
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

Ampika, known for her flamboyant fashion choices while on the hit show, wore a black catsuit for the gathering, while Leanne was dressed in a pretty floral off-the-shoulder dress teamed with white wedge sandals.

Ampika Pickston arrives for lunch at Parea in Alderley Edge
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

The trio’s al fresco lunch meeting on Monday came as rumours mount that there will be BIG changes ahead for the new series, which started filming in Cheshire at the weekend.

Leanne Brown arrives for lunch at Parea
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

The housewives themselves have been sworn to secrecy on details of the new series, but there is talk of new cast members joining as bosses look to shake up the format.

We have approached ITVBe for comment.

Tanya Bardsley was casually dressed for her lunch-time catch-up with her former RHO Cheshire co-stars
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

Footballer’s wife Leanne Brown left the Real Housewives after six series earlier this year, to concentrate on her charity work and to pursue other media interests.

Leanne Brown and Ampika Pickston pictured al fresco at Parea
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

She told the M.E.N. back in February that she had made the difficult decision to quit the show as the ongoing dispute with her former best friend Dawn Ward had made filming tough.

She said at the time: “At the end of the last series it got too hard, it wasn’t fun for me anymore.”

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley is joined by former cast members Ampika Pickston and Leanne Brown for lunch in Parea Restaurant in Alderley Edge
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

Meanwhile Hale Barns beauty salon owner Ampika Pickston quit the show last year after five drama-filled series.

She made the announcement on her official Twitter account last August, saying: “The crown became too small and throne wasn’t high enough thank you for all your support you will be seeing more of me next trust me #secret.”

Ampika Pickston at Parea
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

The ITVBe show follows the lives of the rich, famous and feisty females of the leafy county.

Leanne Brown waits for her pals at Parea in Alderley Edge
(Image: Stephen Crawshaw)

Series seven, which aired in the spring, starred Tanya alongisde property entrepreneur Dawn Ward, fashion boss Seema Malhotra, parfumier Lauren Simon, property boss Rachel Lugo, blonde bombshell Ester Dee, footballer’s wife Nermina Pieters-Mekic and artist Stacey Forsey.

Paddy McGuinness’s wife Christine starred as a guest housewife in the last series.

It has not yet been confirmed who will return for series eight, which is set to air on ITVBe in the Autumn.

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