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.