Church Inn ‘Boot room’ goes for gold!!

goldieOur little boot room is the perfect place to change your wellies or walking boots before and after a great walk. There is room to leave your shoes too should you wish. There is even a sink to wash down your boots should you need to.

Recently a well-known local left their shoes behind while taking on the Church Inn pub walk. These shoes were quite a talking point….could the secret local be in pantomime?? Where did they get those gold shoes from? Sadly we couldn’t do a Cinderella story as before we knew it the shoes were gone in a flash…but who is the owner of these ostentatious little numbers….please let us know….might be a boy…

East Cheshire Hunt visits the Church Inn.

It was a damp chilly morning as the Bury Pork sausages sizzled on the grill and the port and King’s Ginger filled the air of the fire lit bar of the Church Inn. With tweeds and jodhpurs on show as the Hunts riders kept warm by the fire with nibbles and tipples!

The Hounds meanwhile arrived with wagging tails and hot breath!! As the Hunt Master kept them at ease within the pubs cycle park. The team came out to see them off as they ‘clip-clopped’ down Church Lane towards the Bulls Head as a rainbow appeared in the threatening February sky.

There is nothing quite like the spectacle of horse and hound in village life even on a cold winters day….. Click on an image to view lightbox gallery..

New menu arrives at the Church Inn in Mobberley!!

Our Head Chef Lloyd and his team of chefs have once again worked exceptionally hard to develop some lovely new dishes for our ‘winter in to spring’ menu….

New starters include…

  • The Church ‘sharing’ Seafood Plate of Scottish smoked salmon and pickled cucumber, crayfish Marie Rose, Whitby scampi with fresh tartare sauce, warm Cornish crab and leek tart, salt and pepper whitebait, potted Devon crab with granary toast easily enough for two or three to share as a starter.
  • Or we have Grilled Pear and Cumbrian air dried ham salad with soured cream, truffle honey and radicchio leaves
  • or a Salad of wild rocket, spinach and toasted pinenuts, with crumbled Anglesey feta and rye bread thins.
  • Duck Liver and Cognac Pâté, roasted Bramley apple compote and hot toasts
  • Cumbrian Pig Cheek slow cooked in Welsh Ty Gwyn cider, served with braised barley, a fresh herb salad and brown butter vinaigrette

On the new mains we have..

New Tavern Favourites

  • Chunky Lamb Shepherd’s Pie topped with Winchester Cheese mashed potato and served with pickled red cabbage
  • Ty Gwyn Cider battered Market Fish and Chips with Yorkshire garden peas and homemade tartare sauce

Other main meals include

  • Pot Roast Shoulder of Lamb, cooked with red wine, glazed with pomegranate molasses and thyme, served with root vegetable mash.
  • Roast Breast of Goosnargh Duck with cherry and red wine sauce, chicory and shallot tart, wilted kale and creamed celeriac
  • Grilled Hake with a herb crust, tarragon and white wine sauce, sautéed new potatoes and creamed Yorkshire peas
  • Roast Breast of Cumbrian Chicken with celeriac dauphinoise, wild mushroom sauce, braised shallots and buttered kale
  • Ricotta, basil, lemon and chilli stuffed flat cap mushroom, sautéed new potatoes, saffron and white wine cream sauce

and for new homemade puddings we have…….

  • Classic Spotted Dick and custard
  • Sticky Date Bread and Butter Pudding with rum and raisin ice cream
  • Baked Egg Custard, finished with fresh nutmeg and poached vanilla rhubarb
  • Sticky Date Bread and Butter Pudding with rum and raisin ice cream
  • Warm Bollington Chocolate and Pear Cake, with Dunham Massey Vanilla ice cream

To look through the full menu click here and the Sunday menu please click here…

A fun Christmas everywhere!!

What a great time over Christmas our teams have had. It is tiring work but there are plenty of smiles and fun around the place!! The Bulls Head in Mobberley held its annual Christmas Jumper competition and the judges moved around the pub secretly assessing the best. Pete had won it last year with his ‘snow man number’ so was a favourite again this year.

There were a number of good efforts but I am pleased to say Pete held on to his crown with an ‘elf jumper’ with matching hat!! Well done Pete! There must be someone out there who can out do Pete in 2014??!

The teams as you can see had a good go with our personal favourite being Tom at the Church Inn with his Christmas pudding version!! Thanks to all our teams for making the effort. At the Cholmondeley Arms the ‘Snow Ball’ Drink was re-incarnated by the team and you can see Miya sampling some for the camera behind the Cholmondeley Bar!!!

Thank you to all our customers who have added to the atmosphere at all our pubs. There have been Christmas Carol singers at Cholmondeley and Brass bands at The three Greyhounds Inn at Allostock and The Church Inn in Mobberley as we managed to squeeze them in our newly decorated Church Inn ‘boot room’.

On Christmas eve as the Carol service finished at St. Wilfs church opposite the Church Inn in Mobberley we were on hand to serve the masses (get it!!) with mulled wine on the terrace with warm chimineas burning away. There were festive nibbles and roasted chestnuts and a lot of good cheer! A very happy Christmas to all!!

Thanks to all our teams for working so hard!!

Mallory sighting 60 years before he was found

Mystery: Nobody knows whether Mallory reached the summit. His remains were not recovered until 1999

Mystery: Nobody knows whether Mallory reached the summit. His remains were not recovered until 1999

Everest pioneer Frank Smythe ‘saw frozen remains of George Mallory in 1936’: Mountaineer’s diary reveals sighting SIXTY YEARS before legendary explorer was found

  • Mr Smythe, who came within 800ft of peak, saw body through a telescope
  • He wrote of the sighting to Edward Norton, who had climbed with Mallory
  • But he asked that he keep it secret to avoid causing a sensation
  • A copy of the letter was found in an old diary by Mr Smythe’s son Tony

The frozen body of legendary explorer George Mallory was spotted by a fellow pioneer on the slopes of Everest decades before the remains were finally recovered, a forgotten diary has revealed.

Frank Smythe, who made several attempts on the world’s highest peak in the 1930s, wrote that he saw what he believed to be the remains of Mallory and his partner Andrew Irvine through a powerful telescope in 1936.

Mr Smythe’s report is the only sighting of Mallory’s remains before they were eventually found by Conrad Anker in 1999. It was mentioned in a letter to Edward Norton, who led the expedition in 1924 when Mallory disappeared in a bid for the summit.

A copy of the letter was found in the back of the explorer’s diary by his son, Tony Smythe, while researching a book about this father’s life.

Treacherous: Frank Smythe says he saw Mallory's remains at the bottom of a gully on the face of Mount Everest

Treacherous: Frank Smythe says he saw Mallory’s remains at the bottom of a gully on the face of Mount Everest

According to the Observer, the letter said: ‘I was scanning the face from base camp through a high-powered telescope last year when I saw something queer in a gully below the scree shelf.

‘Of course it was a long way away and very small, but I’ve a six/six eyesight and do not believe it was a rock.

‘This object was at precisely the point where Mallory and Irvine would have fallen had they rolled on over the scree slopes.’

Mr Smythe explained that he felt compelled to search the area as it was directly above the point at which a previous expedition found an ice axe, which is believed to have marked the scene of a fatal accident.

Although Mr Smythe, a prolific author, wrote extensively about his expeditions, he left out details of the sighting of Mallory, and made clear in his letter to Mr Norton that it was not to be written about, in case it triggered a storm of media speculation.

It is one of the most celebrated mysteries of modern mountaineering whether Mallory and Irvine managed to reach the summit of Everest before dying on the mountain.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay were the first climbers to definitively reach the summit, with the aid of oxygen, in 1953.

Mr Smythe reached 28,200ft in an expedition in 1933, less than 800ft from the summit, but had to turn back.

He made further attempts on the summit, including the 1936 expedition where he sighted Mallory’s remains, but never matched his record.

 

George Mallory, pictured in the Alps in 1909

George Mallory, pictured in the Alps in 1909

Mallory pictured here during the First World War, died attempting to scale Everest on an expedition in 1924

Mallory pictured here during the First World War, died attempting to scale Everest on an expedition in 1924

Frank Smythe

Frank Smythe

Secret: Frank Smythe, pictured, wrote a letter explaining the sighting, but asked for it to go no further

Secret: Frank Smythe, pictured, wrote a letter explaining the sighting, but asked for it to go no further

 

Mobberley Seven (Eight) of the year 2013!!

cruella2From Good Friday through to the final sunny weekends of September and maybe October if the weather holds up, the legendary Mobberley Eight bike rides have become an institution!! The tradition is to cycle (or walk) the 8 pubs of Mobberley where a drink or more is enjoyed in each pub.

In fact the true Mobberley eight no longer exists as the true historic Mobberley pubs are the Bird in Hand, The Church Inn, The Bulls Head, The Roebuck, The Plough and Flail, The Chapel House and the Railway inn.

Cyclists add the Frozen Mop or the Stag but nowhere in the history of Mobberley are these two pubs mentioned mainly because they aren’t in Mobberley!!

Maybe the bike ride should be called the Magnificent Mobberley Seven!!

We have decided to recognise what we feel to be the most magnificent Mobberley ‘seven’ cyclists of 2013 and they are the 101 Dalmatians and Cruella de Vil!!! They are pictured below. Well done to all of them and as far as we are concerned they are the best Mobberley ‘Seven’ riders of 2013 as voted by all our teams at both our Mobberley Pubs!!!!

We will be arranging a cup presentation and each year at the end of the Mobberley Seven season we will recognise the best dressed and best behaved Mobberley Sevens!!

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Cyclists Welcome!!

CYCLISTS WELCOME

CYCLISTS WELCOME

As part of our commitment to cycling for fun and fitness around Mobberley and beyond we have built our second ‘pub cycle park’ with the entrepreneurial help, once again, of Rick and Paul of Caddis.

The Church Inn cycle park has been built to the rear of the pub right next to the gated entrance to the Wisteria Beer Garden.

Our first cycle park was built at the Bulls Head just down the road in Mobberley this time last year and was erected in honour of the 2012 Olympic Cycling team, some of whom are regulars at the Bulls Head. Cycling is a great pastime and there is no better place than Cheshire to get out and feel the breeze.

In time we will be arranging cycling between our pubs in Cheshire so watch out for leaflets in house.

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