Another great night in London

IMG_6721Tuesday 24th May is a special day indeed, it’s the official anniversary of the Bulls Head re-opening in Mobberley 6 years ago, remarkably the very same date that the Roebuck re-opened yesterday after three and a half years of being closed and  now is the day Simon, our Church Inn landlord and co-owner Tim, headed to London to BAFTA in Piccadilly to see how the Church  Inn would do in the National Pub and Bar Magazine Awards.

The Church Inn had already being recognised as the best pub in Cheshire by the magazine a month or so ago.

Judges then had to visit the 94 county winners before the special evening at BAFTA hosted by journalist and Food Critic for the Observer, Jay Rayner.

The Regional Winners were firstly announced before the single National winner was declared.

The Church Inn scooped the Northwest and then as the Pubs Minister, Marcus Jones MP, joined Jay Rayner on stage, a hush fell around BAFTA as The Church Inn from the wonderful village of Mobberley was announced as the overall winner!!

Well done to the Church Inn team!!! Great recognition indeed. We don’t profess to being perfect all the time, but we try really hard and care so much about trying to be perfect every time.. That’s our constant goal, to please our guests!

Co-owner Mary couldn’t be in London because of the Roebuck Inn opening. She was updated via texts as the good news unfolded and rushed to the Church Inn later to let the team know and get them a little glass of bubbly to celebrate their win.

Tim treated Simon to a much deserved meal at the Wolseley after the win.

Now it’s back to Mobberley with the trophy and back to business as usual. Serving well and cooking well!

CHESHIRE CAT PUBS & BARS TOASTS NATIONAL AWARD

Cheshire Cats Pubs & Bars, who own and operate The Cholmondeley Arms on the Cholmondeley estate, The Bulls Head and Church Inn in Mobberley, the Three Greyhounds Inn in Allostock, the Fitzherbert Arms in Swynnerton and the Red Lion in Weymouth, Dorset, has been voted the company with the Best Drinks Act in the UK at the prestigious Publican Awards ceremony in London.

Cheshire Cats Pubs & Bars beat a number of national chains to the title, drawing high praise from the judges for supporting cask ales from local brewers. The company was also awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ title in the Best Food Offer category.

Each pub within the collection specializes in a particular drink with The Cholmondeley Arms boasting more than 300 gins, the Red Lion offering more than 80 rums and the Fitzherbert Arms offering over 30 Ports by the bottle. Whiel the Bulls Head, Three Greyhounds Inn and the Church have enviable collections of Whisky, Brandy and wine respectfully.

Tim Bird, owner of the unique collection of village pubs and country inns, comments: “These awards are equivalent to the drinks industry’s ‘Oscars’ and it is fantastic that our pubs and our teams has been recognized in this way. The award recognises the hard work that the team puts in and how we work with local breweries, suppliers and food producers to bring a memorable and unique experience to our customers everyday.”

Ed Bebbington, of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, comments: “This is a company that puts a lot of time and thought into getting its drink offer right, from its superb focus on local, great beers, through to an impressive offer of wines and spirits.”

Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin, owners of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars, have already won numerous awards for restoring pubs of great heritage and character and are now focused on the Roebuck Inn, also in Mobberley which after three years of closure is set to open in April.

For further information on Cheshire Cat Pubs and its collection of pubs, please visit www.cheshirecatpubsandbars.co.uk.

All good things come in threes!!

Michelin recognition and Village recognition!

What a weekend at the Church Inn….as fireworks went off around the pub for Guy Fawkes we were enjoying a few crackers ourselves! We received confirmation that after only two years the Church Inn has been included in the Michelin Pub Guide 2015/16 listing 590 of the best Dining pubs in the UK. This is credit to the efforts of all the Chefs who have worked at the Church Inn with us over the last two years since we re-opened after the restoration of our lovely little pub. The Church Inn joins our Cholmondeley Arms who was included in the guide for the fourth year running since being taken over by Tim and Mary.

Just as the certificate arrived to confirm the inclusion with Michelin so too did our certificate and trophy for the Hilden Style Awards to recognise our winning of the Stylish Dining….and overall awards categories.

Just when we thought we had better get back to work….in came Julie to confirm that the Church Inn had won the annual Mobberley Scarecrow competition with our ‘Bride and Groom’ scarecrows brilliantly put together by team member Sophie. In the realms of things this award meant the most as it ensured the Church Inn beat their ‘brother’ pub down the lane…the Bulls Head…who actually did manage third place for their Matador and little Bull scarecrow put together by Lucy and Brier.

So it felt like winning the treble!!. Big thanks to all the team for their hard work and our customers for supporting us.

Now it’s back to work…..

The Church Inn Crowned A Stylish Success

We are so proud to announce that our pub the Church Inn, in Mobberley, has won the Most Stylish Dining Experience at the Hilden Awards. The award judging took place on Monday at The Fable in London recognizing stylish independent hospitality establishments across the UK.

The Church Inn scooped this year’s Most Stylish Dining Experience after judges visited the pub and fell in love with the pub and particularly the private dining rooms. The larger room pays homage to George Mallory the famous mountaineer who died on Everest in 1924. Mallory was a local villager and son of the reverend of St. Wilfrid’s Church opposite the pub.

The room is truly elegant and can accommodate private dining for up to 24 (seated) and is used for sociable wine tasting evenings too. The room has a roaring fire and is candlelit, giving a comforting ambience ensuring guests can imagine how it would feel back in 1715. To add to the uniqueness of the room the owners, Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin, discovered the original horse hair and lime plaster half way through the restoration and decided to keep it for its historic value.

Mary McLaughlin, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars, comments; “We’re delighted to have won this award. When we took over the pub two years ago we all put a lot of thought in to how it should feel. We’re very proud of the Church Inn and it’s really fantastic it has been recognized for its restoration and stylish character.”

Following the announcement, the award judges also commented: “The attention to detail is on another level, no corner is left uncovered and they have captured the essence of a historic venue perfectly. The sheer effort that has gone into creating a unique, country-dining experience is fantastic.”

Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin opened the pub in 2013 after acquiring it in a near derelict state. Now fully restored and refurbished the pub offers great food and wine in an old country tavern environment.

Our Private Dining Room recognised!

 

The George Mallory Private Dining Room here at the Church Inn has been chosen as a finalist in the Hilden Style Awards 2015, in the stylish dining category. We are so delighted to be nominated as a finalist. The room offers a wonderful space with views of St. Wilfrid’s Church and has been enjoyed by many guests since we restored the Church Inn just over two years ago. In this time the Church has been recognised as the UK’s best new pub by the Good Pub Guide. We have been included in the Michelin Restaurant and Pub guides for the first time in the pubs history this year as well as recognition in the Sawdays and AA guides too.

style2In November last year the Church Inn team won the Chairman’s Eat, Sleep and Drink award for best Dining in the South Manchester area.

This latest recognition by Hilden is reward for the brave decision to establish private dining in, what was, part derelict living accommodation. The room now seems like it has always been there. Aptly named after George Mallory, the famous mountaineer from Mobberley, the room can seat 24 for an intimate dinner or 40 for a fork supper.

The judges from Hilden will visit us in the next four weeks to make their decision…so fingers firmly crossed.

 

Summer Light Lunches

WOW!!

Light lunches

  • Creamy smoked haddock and Winchester cheese tart served with petit pois à la Française £8.50
  • Cheddar and sage scones with honey roast ham, hollandaise sauce and a summer salad £8.95
  • Watercress and red pepper savoury “cheesecake” with heritage tomato salad £7.95
  • Grilled halloumi and beetroot salad with pomegranate, radish and watercress salad and lemon dressing £7.95
  • Hot smoked salmon with chargrilled baby gem, tomato and avocado salsa and lemon dressing £7.95
  • Layered sweet potato with chestnut mushrooms, wilted spinach and a spiced pearl barley broth £7.95

Soup and a Sandwich

  • The Church Inn Club: chicken, bacon, lettuce, and roast tomato sandwich £9.50
  • Heirloom beetroot and black treacle burger topped with anglsey feta served on toasted flatbread with tomato and caramilised onion chutney £8.95
  • Grilled tuna, fennel and granny smith apple sandwich with corriander and mayonnaise £9.50
  • All of the above sandwiches are served with our soup of the day

Summer side salads

  • Grilled aubergine, pine nut, mint and raisin salad with yoghurt and honey dressing £3.95
  • Heritage tomato salad with herb and shallot vinagrette £3.50
  • Fennel, fine bean, roasted garlic and mint salad £3.50

Served 12-midday until 5:30pm Monday to Friday

Seven Deadly Gins at the Church Inn!!

SEVEN DEADLY GINS AT THE CHURCH INN

SEVEN DEADLY GINS AT THE CHURCH INN

One shouldn’t really be advertising sinning in the same sentence as the Church so we have changed it to ‘Ginning’ and we have seven of them! Charlie our Asst. Manager has embraced all things Gin following a ‘Gin Tasting Class’ held by the Gin Experts from our sister pub the Cholmondeley Arms who boast nearly 250 different gins on the back bar…

Charlie has put together 7 great recipes with different Gins and garnishes for the summer ahead. So when the weekend sunshine arrives come and enjoy a well-made G&T…….. quintessentially English and all that!!

No confessions needed! See you soon….

Church Inn does it again!

MARY AND TIM WITH THE AWARD

MARY AND TIM WITH THE AWARD

We are delighted to announce that our Church Inn pub has won the ‘Chairman’s choice’ Best Dining Pub Award for South Manchester and pipped our very own Bulls Head pub (also in Mobberley)!!

The ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep’ Awards 2015 took place at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel and our Bulls Head and Church Inn pubs were up against each other in the same category! Barry our landlord at the Bulls Head was the first to congratulate Simon (our Church Inn landlord) and the team saying “They’ve done a cracking job and I am delighted at least one of us won it!! This will make the Bully team even more determined to beat our ‘little sister pub’ the Church Inn next time round!!”

Simon said “I am really chuffed for the Church team and the customers…it’s been a solid start since opening a year and a half ago…I am very proud and feel a little sorry for Barry but not really!!”

Owners Tim and Mary were there to cheer both their pubs on and what a night for the village of Mobberley with two pubs from the same village up for the award! Tim said “it is always so exciting to be nominated for an award without entering anything and for both our Mobberley pubs to be nominated was a great achievement for all our fantastic people from our pub teams to our loyal and supportive customers and suppliers”

Mary added “we have been in Mobberley now for just over five years with the Bulls Head and have so enjoyed it becoming a proud pub in the village. We took on the Church Inn two years ago when it had closed down and we knew it was going to be hard to create a second special pub in the village… but we are on our way. The teams at both pubs have made this possible with the help of course from our customers. This award is for everyone to celebrate”

The Church Inn, Mobberley: Winter walks & snowball faux pas

It’s a picturesque kind of a pub that serves up good seasonal food. But all is not quite so lovely as would first appear…

Everything looks pretty in the snow. A coating of white turns the world winter wonderland-lovely. And so it was that, driving through the narrow lanes of Knutsford, we came across a pub so prettily dusted with miniature drifts we just had to stop. This was the Church Inn at Mobberley, a historic little boozer just outside Manchester that supplies, if you ask nicely, the map for a four-mile country walk that starts and ends at its doors.

Read more of this review at creativetourist.com

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