Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars Best Drinks Act in the UK 2016 WINNERS

Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars Best Food Act in the UK 2016 RUNNERS UP






To all our customers, the Church Inn, Mobberley re-opened on 18th June 2013 following a change of ownership and significant restoration and refurbishment works.

We wish to point out that any reviews prior to this date do not relate to our wonderful pub nor do sites such as Trip-advisor, facebook, twitter or beer in the evening.

If any customer has comments that will help us improve the service we offer please contact us directly as we do not acknowledge such websites as Trip advisor, beer in the evening or other sites that can be sadly used maliciously, in an attempt to damage reputations. Life is too short…so we would like you to contact us directly and we will help you in any way we can. We need positive feedback so we can continue to succeed.

Please visit “contact us” from our website to email us any constructive comments you may have or indeed any queries. You can also keep up to date with upcoming events and exciting news by following @churchinnmobb on Twitter. Below are some reviews…

Many thanks

The Church Inn Team.


Bring in your old photos of the Church Inn from yester-year.

One of the oldest pubs in Cheshire, the Church Inn has been around since at least 1715. Looking back we think there may well have been an old ‘Tavern’ on the site of the current Church Inn earlier than this.

It is unlikely that a 12th century church would be left lonely for so long! Churches and pubs go together afterall.

The Church Inn is grade two listed and within the pub are some wonderful features such as the 280 year old horse hair and lime plaster wall in our
private dining room named after George Mallory. Next time you are in the Church Inn please ask us to show you our historic private dining rooms.
One thing we are struggling to find are old photos of the Church inn from yester-year. So we are asking you, our guests, to help. If you can find any
old photos of the Church Inn then please bring them in. We will re-photograph them and present you with a £10 Church Inn voucher for your efforts!  We want to build an historic gallery for all to enjoy.

You will see the photos we have to date but we are looking for photos from the 1980’s back in time as far as one can go….so have a look and see what
you can find. We look forward to building our collection.

Local artistic talent at the Church Inn.

From the most amazing cake (for Amanda’s birthday) to artists impressions of the Church Inn exterior and a characterful portrait of ‘a conversation’ in
the Church Inn pub. We appreciate the inventiveness and creativity. Any artists that wish to capture the characterful atmosphere of the Church Inn are very welcome. We will make donations to our (very) local Mobberley school as a way of ‘paying’ for the art and thanking the artist. We would encourage art students to have a go too. We look forward to seeing your art whether it be a sculpture, a carving or indeed a painting.

Baldrick pays the Church Inn a visit

It’s not often a Knight walks in to the Church inn for a meal, especially one as well known as Sir Tony Robinson, who was most famous for his
portrayals of the long suffering Baldrick, in the various series of Black Adder.

It was appropriate we found a photo of Baldrick with a pheasant! Sir Tony enjoyed his visit very much and was only too pleased to have a photo taken
with our Landlord Simon. Yes my lord……..


Come and see a Steam Engine or three……

If you are a Steam Engine Fan then a few of the best Engines at the show call in for a pint every year at the Church Inn on their way to the Ashley Hall Traction Engine and Steam Rally just down the road towards Hale. You can see them passing by from the Church Inn terrace and as you can see from the photos a few stop for a cooling drink on their way to the Rally.

This year the Rally is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May and the Church Inn is one of the closest pubs to the Rally for you to stop off for food and drinks and on Friday night you will see a lot of engines on their way to the rally. So if you need to let off steam come to the Church Inn and we will look after you.

Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards 2018: Winners announced!

The top movers and shakers of the UK drinks industry gathered last night in London to hear the results of the Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards 2018.

The nominees were voted for by Imbibe magazine’s readers in record-breaking numbers and the shortlist included the highest calibre of UK on-trade professionals.

Tim Bird, co-founder of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars picked up the award for Pub Personality of the Year.

Imbibe editor, Chris Losh, commented: ‘Tim has worked in the industry for over 35 years, and since he’s saved many pubs from closure in that time, it’s safe to say the UK’s pub scene would not have been the same without him.


‘He’s proved himself amazing at running everything from big pub groups to small independents, and, for the last seven years, his own group of country pubs and Inns. This passion for the industry is exactly what Imbibe Magazine is all about’.

Judges for the competition included restaurateur George Bergier, the Connaught Bar’s Ago Perrone, Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt, Northcote’s Craig Bancroft, Gin Journey’s Leon Dalloway, Beer Belle Annabel Smith, Mixology Group’s Myles Cunliffe and the Imbibe editorial team.

Imbibe launched the Personality of the Year Awards in 2011 and previous winners have included Heston Blumenthal, Ronan Sayburn MS, Thinking Drinkers, Alex Kratena, Christine Parkinson, Xavier Rousset MS, Dee Davies, Lyndon Higginson, Stuart McCluskey, Salvatore Calabrese, Laura Rhys MS, Thomas Decan, the Galvin Brothers and Jake Burger, as well as many other on-trade professionals.

The 2018 awards were presented on Monday 12th February at Mahiki Kensington.

Launched in March 2007, Imbibe magazine has rapidly become the UK’s leading magazine for on-trade drinks professionals working in premium UK establishments. Imbibe is a quarterly magazine, with more than 20,000 drinks buyers and servers in the UK receiving a copy. Copies are available upon request.

Our Owner Tim is Pub Personality of the Year 2018!

Imbibe Magazine is the UK’s leading drinks magazine and tonight at their annual awards in London our owner Tim was chosen as ‘Pub Personality of the Year 2018’.

Tim was up against some of the pub industry’s top talent on the night, but the judges not only looked at Tim’s vast experience in the industry but particularly the success of Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars, Tim’s company that he operates with his wife and business partner Mary McLaughlin. They have taken pubs that were either closed or close to closure and through their restoration have created one of the best small pub companies in the UK!

On winning this prestigious award, Tim thanked the team at Cheshire Cat…..”I have had many proud moments in my career but nothing has made me prouder than the achievement of our pubs. Starting our own business was the best thing we have ever done and tonight I share this award with Mary and the Cheshire Cat team! I would like to thank Imbibe Magazine for giving me one of the proudest moments in my career! I look forward to celebrating with the team!”

Best of 2017

The best of 2017 were the Wimbledon’s and the Dynamic Duos. Both got sunshine miraculously!! Here’s to 2018. Please always cycle carefully or in the case of the Dynamic duos get a bus!!

The Church Inn selected for ‘Pub in the Park’

We are very proud to announce that the Church Inn has been chosen to take part in celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge’s food and music festival, ‘Pub in the Park’, which is coming to Knutsford from 7 – 9 September 2018 after it’s sell out launch last year in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

You can expect some cracking music from household names such as Razorlight, Tom Odell, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Toploader and Scouting for Girls, plus top chefs including Tom Kerridge himself, Candice Brown, and Angela Hartnett who will take to the stage for live cooking demos.

The Church Inn will be joined by other famous ‘pop-up’ pubs over the three days and will be serving their award-winning food for festival-goers to feast on. Also included are Tom Kerridge’s two pubs, the Hand & Flowers and the Coach as well as the Pony & Trap, the Hardwick, the Star Inn and the Pipe and Glass to name just some. Expect some tipples with the nibbles from craft beer to artisan gin and lots of shopping too, apparently, so you can take memories home with you. Sounds like a great day out!

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